Archive - Jun 2011 - News Article
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Birthdays certainly arenât uncommon occurrences at Buena Vista Nursing Home in Colville, but last Wednesdayâs celebration was far from routine.
Surrounded by friends, neighbors, social workers, nursing home staff and representatives from the Stevens County Sheriffâs Department, Kettle Falls resident Frances Swan turned 106-years-old.
With cake and gifts on hand, Swan, who the media has referred to as âthe oldest woman in Washington State,â made jokes about her age.
âIâve never been over 105 in my whole life,â she laughed.
Guess what time it is? If that guess were itâs time for the annual Stevens County Relay for Life, it would be correct. The fundraiser is scheduled to start tonight, June 24 and end Saturday, June 25 at the Colville High School track. All proceeds benefit cancer research through the American Cancer Society.
According to SCRFL Event Chair Nikole Morrison, there are 38 teams currently registered to participate in this yearâs Relay.
âI think thatâs the most weâve ever had,â says Morrison. âItâs a wonderful turnout.â
Local historians and community residents alike celebrated the bicentennial of iconic fur trader David Thompson and his journey down the Columbia River last Saturday at the old Saint Paulâs Mission/Kettle Falls Historic Center. More than 100 canoeists, mostly Canadian, paddled 50-foot voyageur canoes along the route surveyed by Thompson, who made the trip from Canada to Astoria, Oregon by canoe in 12 days in the early 1800s. Over his career he mapped over 3.9 million square kilometers of North America and has been described by historians as the "greatest land geographer who ever lived."
Local school districts are making adjustments to staff contracts and salaries now that the Washington State legislature finally passed the state budget for the next two years. The eleventh-hour move on the last day of the legislatureâs special session on May 25 set out $4 million in cuts, including reductions to public education funding that local districts are now trying to sort out.
CBP Spokane Sector Border Patrol agents arrested two drug smugglers and seized approximately 159 pounds of the âdesignerâ drug Ecstasy on Friday near Colville.
âThis narcotics interdiction and seizure was a result of good coordinated tactical planning and utilization of advanced detection & surveillance technology used by Border Patrol agents in the field,â explained Spokane Border Patrol Sector Chief, Gloria Chavez.
Two dogs suspected of killing and/or injuring around 100 domesticated animals in south Stevens County were shot and killed by property owners last weekend, according to the Stevens County Sheriffâs Office.
The dogs were part of a marauding pack of at least three canines of unknown breeding that were roaming the Bittrich Antler, Scotts Valley Road and Casberg Burroughs Road areas, as well as the 6800 to 7200 block of Highway 291.
Meet your Rodeo Parade Marshals, Marvin and Joan Carter. The Colville couple are long-standing members of the Colville Panorama Rodeo Association and will preside over parade ceremonies at the Pro-West Rodeo this Father's Day weekend. The parade starts at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 18 down Colville's Main Street.
Check out the 6-15-2011 of the Statesman-Examiner to get the complete story on the Carters.
Support local culture by supporting local artists at the third annual Art in the Park celebration, Saturday, June 25 at Happy Dell Park in Kettle Falls, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
âOur goal is just to showcase area artists,â says event co-chair Dort Pritchett, who organizes Art in the Park (AIP) with her husband, Greg. âLast year we had about 21 to 26 artists with booths and art for sale. Weâd like even more this year.â
In August of 2008, Scott Batten, sick and emaciated, was homeless on the streets of Spokane. Batten was a veteran, an alcoholic in the last stages, and in need of help.
Batten had abused alcohol since the age of 10; he was addicted to alcohol for over 40 years. If he tried to detox, he would experience severe withdrawals lasting over nine days.
With a fascinating history (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cupcake) and a role in the war against terrorism (http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/06/03/136921564/reports-british...) it would be remiss of the Statesman-Examiner not to offer cupcakes, along with a variety of other pastries, during our bake sale fundraiser Tuesday, June 14 and Wednesday, June 15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.