Archive - Jul 2011 - News Article
Community members from Deer Park to Colville lined Highway 395 last Saturday afternoon as law enforcement, firemen and military personnel escorted the body of Staff Sergeant Wyatt Goldsmith, 28, to Danekas Funeral Chapel. Goldsmith was killed while serving in the United States Army on his third deployment to Afghanistan. He was flown by the military from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to Deer Park Airport, then driven to Colville, where area residents waited to pay their respects. Many stood along the streets with American flags, hands covering hearts, or silently watching the procession.
An area of Stevens County with some serious mining history is in the forefront again with the impending opening of the old Flagstaff Mine.
The open face barite mine, located some five miles from Northport, has been purchased by Kent Exploration Inc. and, according to company officials, should begin production within the next week. The mine re-opening will create at least 14 jobs, officials say, and maybe more.
It may be late July, but Colville valley residents were awakened early last Friday morning to the sounds and sights of a hailstorm. According to the National Weather Service, thunderstorms moved across northeast Washington and the northeast mountains on Friday morning. Around Colville environs, that thunderstorm precipitation came in the form of heavy hail.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection broke ground officially last week on its new multi-million-dollar U.S. Border Patrol station in Colville. The station is located just off Buena Vista Road near the northwest Colville city limits. The new â€śstate of the artâ€ť secure facility meets eco-friendly LEED component certification and will be â€śstrategically located on Highway 395 between Kettle Falls and Colville,â€ť according to David D. Smith, Senior Patrol Agent, Public Information Office, U.S. Border Patrol in Spokane.
In a four to three roll call vote at last Tuesdayâ€™s meeting, the Colville City Council opted to put an advisory ballot item in the November General Election concerning the relocated airport project. The measure will ask Colville citizens whether or not they think the City of Colville should proceed with a site selection process for a regional airport. There are certain stipulations though:
The vote will only be advisory, meaning the decision to continue with the airport site selection process ultimately rests on the shoulders of Colville City Council.
Staff Sergeant Wyatt A. Goldsmith, 28, of Colville, died July 15 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered after enemy forces attacked his unit.
He is survived by his parents, John and Lorie Goldsmith of Colville, and by his sister, Nicole.
Goldsmith was assigned to Company A, 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McChord and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-
This was Goldsmith's third deployment in support of Overseas Contingency Operations, according to the U.S. Department of Defense website.
Travis Bonnett is a man of practicality. Itâ€™s that realism that served as the impetus for the 24-year-old Onion Creek resident to mount an engine on the 26-inch Schwinn bicycle that he bought from Wal-Mart in order to save money on gasoline.
Yes, thatâ€™s right. After watching a â€śhow toâ€ť video on Youtube, Bonnett thought, â€śWhy not me?â€ť He ordered an engine kit from www.gasbike.net, complete with a half-gallon gas tank, that he installed on the frame of his bike.
â€śMy friends were skeptical at first,â€ť Bonnett says. â€śBut honestly, it wasnâ€™t very hard to do.â€ť
Shrinking availability of state and federal grants means that Stevens County likely wonâ€™t be taking on any major transportation improvement projects over the next six years, according to Stevens County Public Works Director, Jim Whitbread. Instead, the county will be focusing on maintenance and projects it can do itself, as outlined in the countyâ€™s new Six-Year Transportation plan.
Whitbread said this approach is an effort to be fiscally prudent until grant monies again become available.
Greg and Jeremiah Rainer (far left in picture) lead a crew of volunteers in pouring concrete last Thursday at the site of the new skate park in Yep Kanum Park in Colville. Jeremiah Rainer spearheaded the project that is using $15,000 in Spencer Trust fund monies through the City of Colville to construct the concrete slab and refurbish wooden ramps and jumps from the former Weeman Skate Park that was located across Hawthorne Street adjacent to the Colville Junior High School.