Archive - 2011 - News Article
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.
In a four to three roll call vote at last Tuesdayâs 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. Itâs 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, thatâs right. After watching a âhow toâ video on Youtube, Bonnett thought, âWhy not me?â 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.
âMy friends were skeptical at first,â Bonnett says. âBut honestly, it wasnât very hard to do.â
Shrinking availability of state and federal grants means that Stevens County likely wonât 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 countyâs 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.
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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."