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December 29th

From Colville to Rwanda

December 29, 2011

Barry and Shelley Bacon recently returned from working four months in Rwanda, Africa the scene of terrible genocide in 1994, where 800,000 people were killed in 100 days. Many children were left orphaned by the atrocity, and one man is raising 35 of these children, most of who were orphaned as a result of the genocide.
“He desperately needs assistance with their food and education, and you can help,” says Shelley Bacon.

December 28th

Government woes affect local hospitals?

December 28, 2011

Despite government funding issues, Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chewelah is not slated for closure, according to Providence Mount Carmel and Providence St. Joseph’s CEO, Bob Campbell.
After an article explaining how state and federal funding affects “critical access” hospitals appeared in the Spokesman-Review last week, Campbell says he received numerous phone calls from a concerned public that Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital was going to shutter its doors.

December 21st

Funding to fairs a hot button issue

December 21, 2011

Call this a good news/bad news (or potentially) story line for the Northeast Washington Fair. The good news is that the fair has received grant funding that will help make some necessary repairs/upgrades to facilities. The bad news is the black hole that is the Washington state budget and how some potential draconian cuts could impact fairs like the popular four-day event on the Northeast Washington Fairgrounds each August. The Northeast Washington Fair has received a pair of grants from the Washington State Agriculture Fairs division for 2012.

A heart as big as the sky

December 21, 2011

A pug whines piteously from his kennel at the Spokane Humane Society (SHS) in Spokane. Volunteer veterinarian Dr. William “Will” Rowe of Chewelah smiles and opens the crate, taking the small dog in his arms.
“You’re okay, Pogi,” he says good-naturedly. “Want to go outside?”

CSD faces lawsuit over Figley employment

December 21, 2011

The Colville School District is currently embroiled in a civil lawsuit with the parents and guardians of three children who were molested by former Colville School District counselor Craig Figley. The suit, filed under aliases to protect the identification of the minors involved, alleges that the district was negligent in their duty to protect students by not properly monitoring Figley or the technology the district provided him. According to court documents filed in Eastern Washington Division of U.S.

December 5th

Give a shout out to a soldier

December 5, 2011

As everyone gets caught up in the holiday fervor, it’s important to remember our men and women in the Armed Forces who are sacrificing more than the usual luxuries that are associated with this season.
In an effort to provide a link between United States soldiers and their loved ones at home, the Statesman-Examiner is inviting the public to post a video message to a family member or friend in the military on the S-E website, www.statesmanexaminer.com.

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