September 10th, 2015
Out of the Past:
Parishioners and guests pose for a vintage photo outside the handsome Catholic Church in Valley (circa 1917). The occasion was a gathering for a Corpus Christi ceremony. The photo was taken by W.E. Wing of Chewelah and has been shared by the Northeast Washington Genealogical Society (from former Colville Police Chief, Damond Meshishnek).
The temporary emergency closures issued for the Bead Lake Trail and Bead Ridge Road northeast of Newport, as well as the Baldy Mountain area northwest of Ione, has been lifted. Effective Sept. 3, these closures were lifted and full public access restored, according to Franklin Pemberton of the USFS.
While these area closures have been lifted, the Colville National Forest is still under full fire restrictions and Industrial Fire Precaution Level 4 (IFPL4).
CHEWELAH--The Stevens County recycling bins on Sand Canyon Road in Chewelah were removed in August as a result of misuse by the public and cost to the city.
People had been leaving garbage, appliances and items that did not belong at the bins for some time, meaning city staff had to clean up the mess and transport the items to the county landfill in Kettle Falls, according to Chewelah Mayor Dorothy Knauss.
The cost and time cleaning the items from the area were major factors in the Chewelah City Council vote to not renew the agreement with the county to have recycle bins in Chewelah.
A federal judge deflated "Deflategate" Thursday, erasing New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension for a controversy that the NFL claimed threatened football's integrity.
Itâs time to go hunting. Yesterday, Tuesday, Sept. 1, was a big day for hunters. The migratory waterfowl and upland game bird pamphlet is now available. Get one and study it.
This year the dove season will run from Sept. 1 through Oct. 30. This is a month longer than usual, plus the limit is up from 10 to 15.
Forest grouse is also open, with a limit of four a day, but not more than three of each species. Cottontail and snowshoe hare season is open with a limit of five, mixed bag.
Big group of
starters are back
With most of their starters back from last season, the Chewelah Cougars look to improve on the 2-8 record posted in 2014 and become more competitive in the Northeast A League this season.
Finding their rhythm hasnât been easy, since poor air quality from the wildfires burning in the region pushed the Cougars indoors for much of the last week.
But at least Chewelah isnât alone. Most teams have spent extended time on gym floors.
âItâs been tough,â conceded veteran JHS coach Jim Fisk. âWe were inside for four days last week.
Colville High lost 18 seniors off arguably the best football team in school history last fall. The Indians finished 12-1, were second-ranked among State 1A teams for much of the season, and lost a state championship in the Tacoma Dome by six-inches in overtime or a missed field goal in the waning seconds of regulation.
Either way, it was painful.
That 27-26 loss to Cascade Christian, in a game played at an exceedingly high level, still stings. But that oneâs history and itâs time to create some new memoriesâand history.
HUNTERSâThe Stevens County Deputy involved in the fatal shooting of a man in Hunters on August 19 has been indentified as Corporal Dave Reed, a veteran of more than 24 years with the Stevens County Sheriffâs Office.
Corporal Reedâs name was released by the Sheriffâs Office last week.
Reed was promoted from Deputy to Corporal with the Patrol Division in 2011. Prior to his time as a Stevens County Sheriffâs Deputy Corporal Reed had served in the U.S. Army for nine years. He also worked as a corrections officer in Pierce County.
Animal sale is
REPUBLIC--the Ferry County Fair has been cancelled.
The 4-H office will hold a Ferry County 4-H Market Sale for Ferry County and Colville Reservation 4-H members to help them during this period of wildfire activity in Ferry County.
The sale will be held at the Northeast Washington Fairgrounds in Colville Saturday Sept. 5, with animal registration and weigh-in in the morning and the auction starting at noon.
The auction will be held indoors to help with air quality issues.
Air support for
Last Thursday, before welcome rains hit the Tri-County area over the weekend, a smoke-laden pall had settled over the region, leaving visibility limited and air quality poor.
The Colville valley was no exception, making firefighting conditions less than ideal for the helibase stationed on Mantz-Rickey Road, adjacent to Highway 395. The road has been closed to through traffic since the base was established a little over a week ago.