October 26th, 2011
Donald âDonâ Stratton, a past resident of Colville, passed away on Oct. 23, 2011 in Spokane at the age of 85. He was born on Nov. 4, 1925, the son of Glen and Ethel Stratton.
Carolyn V. Eseke passed away on Oct. 3, 2011 after a long illness. She was preceded in death by her son, James. She is survived by her daughter, Lorraine Williams; grandchildren Michael Williams, Kimarra Howard (Joe), Richard Eseke, Eric Eseke, and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by sisters Kathren and Irene; a brother, Richard, and many nieces and nephews. She has gone to a better place. No funeral service will be held per her request.
In its nearly two years as a resurrected high school football program, Northport High hasnât faced a game with nearly the implications of Friday nightâs Northeast 1B North clash at Cusick. Game time is 7 p.m. Northport (3-1, 5-3) took care of business last Friday, blasting overmatched Republic 58-16 and making Homecoming faithful happy. While the Mustangs were taking care of business, Cusick (3-1, 5-3), struggling with injuries to key players, was upset 24-20 by Wilbur-Creston (1-2, 3-5). It was the Wildcatsâ first win in the Northeast 1B South division.
Colville High annexed its second straight Northeast A League volleyball championship last Tuesday with a straight set win over second place Freeman. The Indians eased past rival Chewelah during last Thursday nightâs Senior Night festivities.
The Indians, top-ranked in the latest State 1A Coachesâ Poll, were unbeaten in league play this season and lost only one game during the NEA campaign (at Freeman).
Kettle Falls High (5-3, 3-2) has already clinched a post-season berth, but there is nothing the Bulldogs would like more than to upset unbeaten and third-ranked Colfax (7-0, 5-0) in the Northeast 2B football finale for both teams Friday night in Kettle Falls. Game time is 7 p.m. Kettle Falls is coming off an easy 44-13 dismantling of Northeast 2B cellar-dweller Liberty (1-7, 0-5) last Friday night at Spangle. Colfax ran to a 26-0 lead over Springdale before easing off the throttle in a 58-36 road win last Friday. Fourth seed Kettleâs win at Liberty clinched a no.
The Chewelah cross-country teams wrapped up their 2011 regular season with a dual meet against Freeman last Tuesday at Chewelah Golf and Country Club. Both races were close, but in the team scoring, Freeman edged the Cougars in both the boys and girls races.
In the boy's race, Freeman won 22 to 33. FHS runners also placed first, second and third, with Austin Fish running a 17:56 to finish over two-minutes ahead of second place Max Axtell at 20:14.
Washington state voters will experience dĂ©jĂ vu when they receive their ballots this year for the Nov. 8 election. Yet another initiative (I-1183) that would privatize liquor sales in Washington is up for debate.
The initiative made headlines last week when Costco Wholesale added another $8.9 million to support the initiative, bringing its total contributions to more than $22 million, according to the state Public Disclosure Commission.
With more than 10,000 Washington State homes in foreclosure in the first half of 2011 and another 76,400 homeowners seriously delinquent on their mortgages, the 2011 Washington Legislature passed the Foreclosure Fairness Act.
âI donât know how it (act) has impacted local homeowners yet because itâs a relatively new law,â says Tammy Ringer of the Northeast Washington Association of REALTORSÂź. âBut hopefully, people in our area will begin to utilize it once they learn of the available resources it provides.â
Entering the final two weeks of their Northeast A League football schedule, Chewelah is in the league playoff picture after a victory over the Lakeside Eagles on Friday night.
The Cougars' defense had their best performance of the season, holding the Eagles to 207 yards total offense and stopping three Lakeside scoring threats inside the five-yard-line to preserve the 13-6 win at Nine Mile Falls.
âIt was a good win for us on the road,â coach Jim Fisk said. âWeâll take it.â
The Kettle Falls High defense, run over one week earlier in a loss to Lind-Ritzville/Sprague, came up big against Mary Walker (Springdale) last Friday night in a 34-6 Northeast 2B football road win. Kettle Falls (4-3, 2-2) returned two first half interceptions for touchdowns and added a second half punt block return for another score. Kettle Falls put up 21 first quarter points on the Chargers (1-6, 1-4) and the first 34 of the game. âWe came out firing on all cylinders on offense and our defense really stepped up and played well,â Corvino said of a must win.