March 20th, 2013
opens a few eyes
A Colville High track and field team that includes more than a few new faces this spring got the 2013 high school season underway last Saturday at the 16-team West Valley Invitational.
CHS head coach Ty Brown said that going into the mid-March shakedown cruise the goal was to get a feel for what the Indians have this spring as they embark on a new two-year adventure back in the Great Northern League.
Colville High hosted Chewelah and Northport in an impromptu three-team baseball Jamboree last Friday afternoon. The Jamboree, with each team playing three-inning â€śgames,â€ť served as a warm-up for this weekâ€™s schedule.
Colville opens the season on Tuesday at home when they host Great Northern League pre-season favorite East Valley in a single game (4 p.m. start) at Hofstetter Park. The Indians of head coach Boo Morrison travel to Deer Park for a GNL twin-bill with the Stags on Saturday (noon start). On Tuesday, March 26, CHS is at West Valley (4 p.m. start).
Should the city do anything about deer inside the city limits?
There seemed to be controversy and concern about the issue of a seemingly growing whitetail deer herd in spring of 2011, when a local resident Mike Kisman brought complaints to the Colville City Council Chambers. Kisman thought there was a deer control issue that the city needed to address.
Kisman is not listed in the telephone book and could not be reached for comment on this article.
Buckhorn Mountain lies serene and undisturbed, dotted by snow-covered slopes that are a skierâ€™s dream.
But underneath the mountain's placid exterior and photogenic face, Kinross Gold Corporation operates an elaborate and sophisticated mining operation to excavate and extract precious gold ore.
A muddy dirt road and a few buildings dotting the side of the mountain are the only telltale and discernible signs of the mine's location.
George H. Jones, passed away on Feb. 22, 2013. He was 87. He was born Feb. 6, 1926.
He fell asleep peacefully in his own bed at home. That is the way he wanted it.
He was born in Phoenix, Arizona. His father, Henry A. Jones, was a blacksmith. His mother, Nina M. Egan, was a nurse. His sister was Celeste Haitt. All three preceded him in death.
George and Doris lived in Phoenix until they moved to Kettle Falls, where their daughter, Joannie McCrite, grandson, Ben, and roommate, Charmaine Cranmore, were caregivers.
Our loving mother and grandmother, Caroline J. Matney Sell, suffered a sudden aneurysm and went to be with her Lord on March 3, 2013. She was born on January 9, 1939 in Colville to Lloyd and Irene Matney. Our mother was a graduate of Kettle Falls High School and then married our father, Bill Flugel, on March 30, 1957. They had two children, Carla and Jake.
Charles â€śChipâ€ť William Laramie, a lifetime resident of Inchelium, passed away on March 6, 2013 in Spokane at the age of 46. He was born on July 20, 1966 in Colville, the son of Charles Raymond Laramie and Ramona â€śKayeâ€ť (Carden) Welch.
Indians still have plenty of weapons
Colville Highâ€™s high-flying softball program will look a little different this spring for a couple of reasons.
First, the Indians are back in the familiar confines of the 2A Great Northern League for at least a two-year WIAA enrollment cycle. And second, assistant coach Jim Ebel has been elevated to head coach after Mandy Sumner, who guided the Indians to the cusp of a State 1A championship the past two seasons, resigned. Gone with Sumner is her husband, assistant coach Rob Sumner.
Indians also return to 2A GNL
By Colville High track and field coach Ty Brownâ€™s recollection, itâ€™s been several years since the Indians have been outside for pre-season practice sessions for day one.
Well, welcome to the relatively balmy spring of 2013 (so far).
Brown and the Indians will take it. It fact, CHS had glorious upper 50â€™s, bright sunny conditions for their annual Black and White inter-squad Jamboree last Saturday with Kettle Falls.
Like most Colville High School athletic teams, the move up from the Northeast A League to the rigors of the 2A Great Northern League likely didnâ€™t do the Indiansâ€™ baseball team any favors this spring.
But you control what you can control. And the vagaries of student enrollment counts arenâ€™t among things in the control of a coach.
You play who has been scheduled.
â€śItâ€™s a new challenge,â€ť CHS head coach Boo Morrison said of the move to 2A. â€śItâ€™s a tough league.â€ť