March 13th, 2013
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
Registration is open for girlâ€™s ages two through 12 who want to play Kiwanis Softball this spring.
Minor League is for players who have entered second grade this school year or were eight, nine or 10-years-old on Jan. 1, 2013.
Players are eligible for Major League if they were 10, 11 or 12-years-old Jan. 1, 2013.
Registration forms are available at Clarkâ€™s All-Sports or from Hofstetter School, Fort Colville Elementary School, Colville Junior High School, Kettle Falls Elementary School or Kettle Falls Middle School secretaries.
Registration deadline is March 22.
first 2A title
Several eastern Washington high school basketball teams came up big at their respective state basketball tournaments last weekend.
Great Northern League 2A champion Pullman (27-1), winners of 27 straight games, captured its first state championship basketball trophy Saturday night in the Yakima SunDome, downing Anacortes, 44-39.
Pullmanâ€™s previous two top finishes were second twice.
Chances are, we all know a homebound senior. Tri-County Senior Nutrition, a program of Rural Resources Community Action, is participating in the National 'March for Meals' Campaign.
Held in March, the campaign is designed to increase public awareness, recruit new volunteers and increase funding for Meals on Wheels. All monies raised are used locally for meals for homebound seniors.
According to Senior Nutrition Program Assistant Darlene Visger, Meals on Wheels was able to provide over 12,600 meals to seniors in the Tri-County area in 2012.