January 11th, 2013
The Colville City Police, with assistance from the Stevens County Sheriffâ€™s Office, Washington State Patrol and the Washington State Patrol Crime Scene Response, are conducting a homicide investigation in Colville. On Jan. 10 at approximately 8:20 a.m., Colville Police responded to a call and located a deceased 56-year-old David Barr at 2072 Â˝ West 2nd.
Barr was found dead with signs of trauma to his head and neck, says Stevens County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Rasmussen.
Colville-area farmer John Smith, 39, beat out Spokane legislative aide Josh Kerns, 27, for the position of Washington State 7th Legislative District Senator, replacing Republican Bob Morton, who announced his retirement in December.
Smith garnered 13 out of 15 votes from county commissioners of the 7th District, who met last Thursday in Colville to decide who would replace Morton to finish the last two years of his term in the Senate.
A third finalist, political consultant Doug Simpson, withdrew his name for consideration prior to the meeting.
Kenneth Bruce Howell, a longtime Colville resident, passed away in Colville on Jan. 1, 2013 at the age of 72. He was born the son of Byron and Agnes (Carlson) Howell on Sept. 21, 1940 in Colville.
Kenneth grew up in Colville, and after graduating from Colville High School, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. Following his honorable discharge from the Coast Guard, Kenneth attended college in Yakima, receiving his associate degree. While in college, Kenneth enrolled in flying lessons and received his pilotâ€™s license.
George William Anderson, a resident of Colville, passed away on Jan. 4, 2013, at the age of 82. George was the oldest of 11 children. He was born on June 14, 1930 in Colville to Thomas Troy and Minnie Marie (Choate) Anderson.
Donna Lea Olson passed away in Colville on Dec. 27, 2012 at the age of 81. She was born the daughter of Roy Kenneth and Velma Irene (Logsdon) Boyle on June 11, 1931 in Nebo, Illinois. Donna was a Colville High School graduate, Class of 1949.
The Arden Bridge technically shouldn't be called a bridge, since there is no bridge right now fording the Little Pend Oreille River. The bridge, which traverses the river along the Old Arden Highway south of Colville, hasnâ€™t been reconstructed yet.
The historic span was closed in 2011 after sustaining an undermining of its foundation from spring runoff.
Jason Hart Assistant County Engineer for Stevens County, said that work on the bridge is has been idled for the winter. The construction site is scheduled to re-open in March.
When the doctor told Dawn Nelson that she had cancer in 2005, she was six months pregnant with her first child. Test results had revealed a cancerous tumor in her stomach, and Nelson was informed that she probably wouldn't live to meet her baby girl.
Out of a desire to have her baby know who she was, Nelson began to write a memoir of her life. Unknown to Nelson, this book would change the course of her career.
â€śWe decided to go ahead and have her [the baby]. And I started writing my first book so that she would know who I was,â€ť explained Nelson.
Theodore â€śBudâ€ť L. Clark, age 79, a lifetime resident of the Kettle Falls area, passed away on Dec. 27, 2012 at his KetÂ¬tle Falls home. Bud was born on March 8, 1933 in Colville, the son of Theodore Roosevelt and Elizabeth Marie (Arnold) Clark. He was a member of the Colville Confederated Tribes (Lakes Band) and a Native veteran from the Korean War.
On Dec. 25, 2012, Arthur Lee Millay went home to be with his Lord and Savior. Lee was born in Spokane on June 11, 1924 to Rolland and Dorothy Millay.
Harold Daniel â€śDannyâ€ť Fincher Sr., a resident of Rice, passed away on Dec. 17, 2012 in Colville at the age of 66. He was born on March 8, 1947 in Wendell, Idaho, the son of Harvey Herbert Fincher and Mary LaVerne Gregg Sewell.
As a young boy, Danny lived in Riverton Heights outÂ¬side of Seattle. There he continued his education and enÂ¬tered the Navy. Danny served overseas aboard the U.S.S. EnÂ¬terprise in the PaÂ¬cific Theater during the Vietnam War.