September 1st, 2011
Mark Friend, a four-year resident of Colville, passed away on August 6, 2011. He was born August 12, 1952 to John and Betty Friend in Barberton, Ohio.
Mark served his country for three years in the Army during the Vietnam War as a door gunner on helicopters. He was a great mechanic, enjoyed working on cars, hunting, and fishing. He also raced motorcycles for a short time. Mark had a passion for music and was part of a band.
Mark is survived by his daughter, Nikki Burbank, Buckley; brother, John Friend, Enumclaw; and by a special friend, Beth Gatewood of Colville.
On first impression, Dr. Barry Bacon is a quiet, unassuming man. He practices medicine at the Northeast Washington Medical Group Clinic in Colville, has been married to his wife, Shelley, for 30 years and even performs in a local band comprised entirely of doctors (often under the moniker The Doctorsâ€™ Concert).
But under this reserved surface is an ambition to help the less fortunate. And for Bacon that means continuing his sojourns to the African continent.
Walking into the Colville Public Libraryâ€™s (CPL) basement is like walking into organized chaos---itâ€™s planned, but thankfully not permanent. Books and furniture are stacked in cluttered, but contained rows. Patrons with an item on hold can come in on the side entrance off of Astor Street to retrieve it, but thereâ€™s no milling about in the books that have taken temporary shelter in the buildingâ€™s lower level.
Last fall was a disappointing inaugural season for Kettle Falls High in their debut into Class B football. The Northeast League, the old Bi-County, was anything but hospitable to the Bulldogs, who finished 2-8 overall.
With a loaded sophomore class (20 players) and a retooled offense, look for KFHS to experience more on-field success this fall.
How that translates into what looks like another rigorous Northeast is anybodyâ€™s guess. Check back in early November.
Columbia-Inchelium, in its second season as a combined Class B-8 football team, should be one of the teams to beat in the Northeast 1B North this fall. The Timberwolves, 7-4 last season after finishing the 2010 campaign with a quarterfinal loss to then second-ranked Cusick, lost significantly to graduation. But there is enough returning talent to pretty much guarantee that Columbia-Inchelium will be a factor in the league race once again. â€śWe have 10 kids who played last season,â€ť said longtime Columbia High head coach and Timberwolves coach, Chuck Wyborney.
The Chewelah Cougars look to push into the top half of Northeast A football this season with many returning players at key positions and retooled offensive and defensive lines.
Last season, the Cougars were hot early, getting off to a fast 5-1 start before losing three straight and then winning their final game of the season.
One of the greenest and least experienced Colville High football team in recent memory will get the 2011 high school football season underway Friday night against traditional opening foe Lakeland. Game time in Colville is 7 p.m.
Lakeland (0-1) is coming off a 46-21 loss last Friday night in Coeur dâ€™ Alene to Idaho power Lake City.
One of the hottest days of a belated summer greeted youngsters from barely walking to age 18 recently at the Arden Old-Timers Kidsâ€™ Day in the Arden arena. Youngsters competed in events that included pole bending, mutton bustinâ€™, goat tail tying and goat tail pulling and calf riding. The popular event is sponsored by the Arden Old-Timers Rodeo Association. The annual Arden Old-Timers Rodeo, usually held each May, will be staged at the Arden Old-Timers Rodeo Arena on Saturday, Sept. 17.
Colville High lost some significant talent off last seasonâ€™s State 1A runner-up boyâ€™s team and a strong girlâ€™s contingent. But the Indians have enough returning talent and some talented newcomers who should make one of the top Class A programs competitive once again. Early-on, veteran head coach Dean Fischer is talking a lot about â€śrebuilding.â€ť And how could blame him. CHS lost state competitors Colton Hastings and Alaina Kowitz to graduation.
On Wednesday night a six-week-old female infant from Colville was transported via Med Star to a Spokane hospital.
Authorities say the baby showed signs of abuse and Spokane Police began an investigation. Spokane Police alerted Stevens County Sheriff Kendle Allen to the abuse and Stevens Co. Sheriff's deputies interviewed 18-year-old David M. Ordway, who lived with the baby's mother.
According to Allen, Ordway confessed to abusing the child. As of now, itâ€™s unclear whether he is the babyâ€™s biological father.