Archive - 2011 - News Article
Don âDuckâ Drake loves where he lives. He has resided in Kettle Falls his whole life and has no plans to leave. As a result of that familiarity, he is well aware of the antics people, specifically young people, can get drawn into when they are feeling the occasional monotony of small town life.
Washington state voters will experience dĂ©jĂ vu when they receive their ballots this year for the Nov. 8 election. Yet another initiative (I-1183) that would privatize liquor sales in Washington is up for debate.
The initiative made headlines last week when Costco Wholesale added another $8.9 million to support the initiative, bringing its total contributions to more than $22 million, according to the state Public Disclosure Commission.
With more than 10,000 Washington State homes in foreclosure in the first half of 2011 and another 76,400 homeowners seriously delinquent on their mortgages, the 2011 Washington Legislature passed the Foreclosure Fairness Act.
âI donât know how it (act) has impacted local homeowners yet because itâs a relatively new law,â says Tammy Ringer of the Northeast Washington Association of REALTORSÂź. âBut hopefully, people in our area will begin to utilize it once they learn of the available resources it provides.â
Habitat for Humanity (HFH-CVP) has started construction on its Victory Park project, a multi-home unit that is being erected on 10 acres behind Colville Wal-Mart Super Center. The unit will consist of eight two-story homes and four garages. Each home will be 1,880 square feet with an attached garage. The main floor space will 1,440 square feet and the second floor 440 square feet.
âWe had hoped to break ground last fall, but we literally got our building permit the first day it snowed,â says Lisa Meddock, HFH-CVP Operations Manager.
The Drug Take Back Day in Chewelah will be Saturday, Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Akers United Drug to encourage the proper disposal of prescription drugs and educate the community on the epidemic problem of prescription drug abuse. This event will be held in conjunction with the National Drug Take Back Day sponsored by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency).
After three years of funding from the Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT), the Colville Fish Hatchery could be closing once and for all, says Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Regional Fish Program Manager John Whalen.
The facility was slated for closure under 2009 state budget cuts.
The Colville Hatchery annually provides about 409,000 trout and Kokanee salmon fry to support recreational fishing in lakes in Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties.
In a 5 to 2 vote, the Chewelah City Council approved opening city streets to off-road vehicle (ORV) use in a move they hope will help boost tourism and improve recreation opportunities in the community. Chewelah Mayor Clancy Bauman said the city is hoping to increase its appeal to recreationists who use all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles, four-wheel drive vehicles and dune buggies. Snowmobiles are not included in the ORV ordinance. âWe are hoping to draw more recreationists to our town that can ride around and stop in at our restaurants and gas stations,â Bauman said.
The Stevens County Commissioners will be asking voters for a sales tax increase this fall to fund one of the county services that Commissioner Malcolm Friedman said helps âkeep a civilized society.â
âThere are a few basic services that keep us a civilized society, like road maintenance, law enforcement and courts,â said Friedman.
As the weather gets colder and the days shorter, people start to look for activities to bring them together and take their minds off the impending winter snow. Have an event you would like to see publicized? Perhaps a harvest or Halloween party? Get in touch with the Statesman-Examiner and let us know! Email Chris Cowbrough at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sophia Aldous at email@example.com.
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The issue of diagonal parking has yet to find a permanent spot on the cityâs project roster as Colville City Council members contested what some saw as increasing costs to attempts to convert Main Street away from parallel parking at last Tuesdayâs council meeting.
Since Colvilleâs Main Street is actually federal Highway 395 and managed by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), some council members felt that the procedures WSDOT required the city to go through to re-instate diagonal parking were too costly.