April 29th, 2015
The last couple weeks have been a whirlwind for the Canine Crusaders Kettle Falls Robotics Team 4890, to say the least. After qualifying for the National Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, students scrambled to raise money for the trip, which included dismantling and packing their robot to be shipped halfway across the country.
The community responded to requests for help, donating money and resources to fly 16 of the students to the competition and compete with 600 other teams from around the world.
A steady thrashing sound comes from the back of the 1,000 gallon Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) tanker truck as Jake Wolfe, Fish Hatchery Specialist, opens the hatch at the top.
Wolfe peers in at the some 1,700 eight-inch Rainbow trout, also referred to as â€śCatchables.â€ť The fish are about to be released into Waitts Lake outside of Valley as part of the WDFWâ€™s annual restocking of Tri-County lakes in anticipation of the 2015 Washington state fishing season (starts April 25).
Lifestyle blogger and former Arden resident Terri Elders is one of the authors included in Only Trollops Shave Above the Knee: The Crazy, Brilliant, and Unforgettable Lessons Weâ€™ve Learned from Our Mothers, a compilation of â€śmomisms and other things our mothers taught us throughout the years.â€ť The collection will be released April 30 in both print and eBook format on Amazon and other popular retailers.
Everyone is invited to attend Chamber meetings held on Tuesdays at noon at the Eagles Lodge on North Wynne Street. It is a no-host lunch with a speaker or program for each meeting. We try to publicize these meetings in advance so everyone can make plans to attend. If you would like to make a presentation of interest to the community, call Chamber office 684-5973. We want to thank Tom Webster for his presentation during last weeksâ€™ Chamber luncheon meeting.
A quick, aggressive Colville High soccer team moved into first place in the Northeast A League last Thursday with a wildly entertaining 4-3 win on the home pitch over perennial league power Lakeside.
Colville (4-0 NEA, 6-1 overall) started the week with a 7-1 win at Deer Park (Tuesday). In that mismatch, Alberto Cisneros continued to impress with three goals and an assist for the Tribe. League scoring leader Chris Benson added two goals and a pair of assists for a high-powered offense.
The Jenkins High softball team got back into action after Spring Break and picked up their first Northeast A League win of the season, a 12-3 romp over Medical Lake last week. But the Cougars were swept by hard-hitting Lakeside in a Saturday doubleheader, 9-1 and 16-1.
At the midpoint of the season, JHS is 1-4 in the NEA, and seems poised to make some movement up the league standings. Head coach Tom Skok sees a lot of positives out on the diamond.
Bulldogs go 1-3
during the week
Heading down the homestretch in the Northeast 2B baseball race, Kettle Falls High (8-6) is still very much in the mix for a District 7 2B playoff berth. The District playoffs begin May 5.
KFHS, 1-3 last week after dropping a doubleheader to NE 2B league leader Colfax (11-0) and splitting last Saturday at Davenport, are currently in fourth place behind Colfax, Wilbur-Creston and Davenport. Northwest Christian and Kettle Falls are both tied in fifth place, but the Bulldogs beat the Crusaders in runs scored (tie-breaker).
Top six move on
on tap this week
Kettle Falls High (8-6, 8-4) is looking for a strong regular season finish in the Northeast 2B fast-pitch softball circuit.
Coming off a week where the Lady Bulldogs went 1-3, the strong finish is imperative.
KFHS was routed by one of the strongest 2B softball programs (every Colfax program?) around in Colfax. The Bulldogs of the Palouse downed Kettle Falls 15-1 (five innings) and 9-0.
On Saturday at Davenport, Kettle split with the Gorillas, losing the opener 14-0 and rebounding for an 11-4 second game win.
up this week
Like most area high school teams, Colville High got a respite from meets during Spring Break. But that will change this week. The Indians will send some athletes to one of the biggest meets of its kind in the Westâ€”The Pasco Invitational on Saturday. Entry into the Pasco Invite is via qualifying standard.
Other CHS athletes will compete in the annual Interstate Rivals Invitational at Freeman High School on Friday (3:30 p.m. start).
Before Spring Break last week, CHS competed back on April 3 at the Deer Park Invitational (25 teams).