March 26th, 2013
Incidents of vehicle prowling and other crimes hit a high in February for Colville, according to City of Colville Police Chief Bob Meshishnek. There were 13 confirmed vehicle prowls, 16 cases of shoplifting, one fuel theft and 13 residential thefts (perpetrators gaining access to open garage doors and sheds).
âIn a normal month, weâd have an average of 30 calls regarding theft of any kind,â explains Meshishnek. âIn February, we had over 50 calls.â
A City of Colville Police Officer has been placed on indefinite Administrative Leave due to allegations of sexual misconduct.
The Stevens County Sheriffâs Department is heading up the investigation.
âWeâre investigating an allegation of sexual misconduct at the request of the Colville Police Department,â said Stevens County Sheriff Kendle Allen on Friday. âWe still have a long way to go before we finish.â
No criminal charges have been filed regarding the investigation at this point in time.
Barbara J. Gray passed away on March 13, 2013. She was 64. She was born June 22, 1948.
Barbara passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, at home.
She was born in Seattle to Earl and Viola Gray. Her dad was a longshoremen supervisor in Seattle at the shipyard. Her mom was a homemaker.
Her sisterâs were Linda Cool, Loreen Gray and she had one brother, Steve Gray. All five preceded her in death.
Barbara has lived in Evans with Bill Prickett, her companion and friend, for the last five years. She lived next to her daughter, Alisa, son-in-law, Jack, and granddaughter Paxton Sphuler.
Gwendolyn Sue Olson, devoted wife, mother and grandmother, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Providence Mount Carmel Hospital in Colville.
She was born on July 15, 1952, the daughter of Wesley and Lilla Halbert in Roswell, New Mexico. The family soon moved to Minot, North Dakota, where she was raised and graduated high school.
John R. Foster, 78, passed away from Parkinsonâs disease in Federal Way on March 4, 2013. He graduated from Colville High School in 1952 and attended Whitworth College.
John loved history, camping, CB radio, working hard to provide for his family and was especially fond of the Oregon Coast.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace Foster and Nellie (Holliday) Foster, and his wife, Helen (Anslow) Foster.
A busy week on tap
Colville High (1-1) split a pair of high school soccer matches last week to get the 2013 boyâs soccer season underway.
Back on March 12, Colville downed new Northeast A League member Medical Lake 4-2. On Thursday, another very good Cheney High team dispatched the Indians 6-0 on the Colville pitch. That match was the Great Northern League opener for both schools.
Colville will travel to Deer Park on Tuesday to face the Stags in a GNL match-up (4 p.m. start).
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 âgames,â served as a warm-up for this weekâs 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 skierâs 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.