February 27th, 2015
Infant Edward Boyd Simmons sadly passed away on Feb. 12 before he was able to share his tiny smile with the world. Edward is survived by his mother, Tiffany Simmons and two-year-old brother, Dewey, at the home in Deer Park; grandparents Dude Simmons of Kettle Falls, Teresa and Rick Wight of Saint Maries, ID.; along with many aunts, uncles and cousins. Although Edward's time with family was brief, he brought happiness and warmth to his family. For Edward: The clouds slowly begging to part and the warmth of the sun dries by tears.
Delbert James Bagley passed away on Feb. 20, 2015 in SpoÂ¬kane at the age of 83. Delbert was born July 10, 1931 in the rural town of Diamondville, PennÂ¬sylvania. He was the eldest of five children born to Charles and Carrie (Learn) Bagley. The families of his parents and their many siblings had been living in the area for generations, so Delbert grew up always surÂ¬rounded by family.
Bobby Dean Fromm, born in Oaksdale, WA on July 27, 1930, passed away on January 19, 2015. He was raised around the Valley area. Bobby worked for the railroad and was a member of the National Guard. He spent many happy years married to Josie Fromm, who preceded him in death. He raised a foster daughter, Jolyn, who also preceded him in death. Bobby spent the last of his life in Kettle Falls and enjoyed his friends at Sandy's Drive In. He is survived by his sister, Carole Sisseck. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Second-ranked Republic High (23-0) built an early lead and coasted late in a 53-39 District 7 1B championship game win Saturday night at Deer Park High School over upstart Odessa-Harrington (11-12).
Sophomore guard Shania Graham led RHS with 14 points, seven rebounds, five steals and three assists.
The Titans earned the Northeast 1B districtâ€™s second seed to this weekendâ€™s regional round of the State 1B Tournament (Spokane Veteranâ€™s Arena).
After absorbing a drubbing at the hands of third-ranked Lakeside in the District 7 1A girlâ€™s championship game one night earlier, the Indians (14-10) rebounded last Saturday afternoon at West Valley High School (Spokane) to post a 58-41 win over upstart Medical Lake and qualify for this weekendâ€™s regional round of the State 1A Tournament.
Colville, third seeded into the District tournament out of the Northeast A League, will prepare this week for a loser-out date against Zillah (19-4) of the SCAC.
Freeman wins title
Colville High crowned three champions and advanced five wrestlers to the finals, but Northeast A League, District and regional champion Freemanâ€™s superior numbers was enough to lift the Scotties to the Mat Classic XXVII championship Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.
The Scotties, who came to Tacoma with 15 wrestlers, relied on its superior depth in the consolation rounds to pile up points and win their first state trophy in wrestling.
OLYMPIAâ€”The Senateâ€™s new transportation package is being hailed for its bipartisan support, while some critics find aspects of it troubling.
The proposals were revealed on Feb. 12 after 22 months of negotiations, and would mostly fund various highway projects in the stateâ€™s more congested areas.
The package would raise $15 billion over a 16-year period mostly through an 11.7 cents-per-gallon gas tax imÂ¬plemented over the next three years.
The Wolf Advisory Group, which advises the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on wolf recovery and management, has added nine members. Their appointments are for two-year terms.
The additions swell this diverse groupâ€™s numbers to 18. The group was formed by WDFW in 2013 with nine members who represented the interests of cattle ranchers, hunters and wolf advocates in Washington.
New members from Northeast Washington named to the group include Tim Coleman of Republic (Kettle Range Conservation Group), and Janey Howe of Colville, a Colville teacher and part-time range rider.
Area golf courses
Dominion Meadows Golf Course hasnâ€™t opened yet, but given the paucity of snow on the 18-hole Colville municipal course, it wonâ€™t be long.
The winter of 2014-2015 has been a difficult one for area ski resorts. At best, itâ€™s been mostly spring skiing in February. No, that isnâ€™t good.
Last week, Mt. Spokane undertook the unprecedented move of suspending operations because of a lack of snow on the slopes.
The Jenkins High wrestling team sent 13 grapplers to the regional tournament against the Caribou-Trail League looking to move a good number of wrestlers on to the Mat Classic in Tacoma this week. The results from the regional tournament at Cascade High School (Leavenworth) were good for the Cougars.
JHS moved five wrestlers on and have five more wrestlers going as alternates.
While head coach Jim Fisk was happy with the results, he felt the Cougars could have had more wrestlers in Tacoma later this week.