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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.

November 29th

People you may know

November 29, 2011

The Colville High School auditorium is empty, save for Gary Killings sitting at the Grand Piano in the center of the stage. He plays middle C, repeating the chord methodically as he adjusts the gleaming instrument’s music pins to achieve the perfect pitch.
“I once had a little girl stand next to me for over 30 minutes while I tuned her family’s piano,” Killings recalls. “I was surprised that she just stood and watched me the whole time as I did just what I’m doing now. Then, finally, she looked at me and asked, “Don’t you know any other songs?”

November 28th

Is your pet photogenic?

November 28, 2011

Another picture of Zac the staff cat? What can we say, besides that here at the Statesman-Examiner we love our pets. We know you do too. That’s why you should go to http://www.statesmanexaminer.com/pets and check out the assorted cats, dogs and even horses photos from doting owners. Submit some photographs of your favorite pet online at our website today (pictures must be clear. S-E reserves right to publish).

November 23rd

Animal shelter suffers fire

November 23, 2011

A fire that razed one of the animal sheds at Colville Valley Animal Sanctuary last week has put the organization in a tenuous situation. Already limited facilities and inclement weather make it difficult to care for the animals housed at the Arden facility. The Nov. 16 fire took out the “puppy shed” that was the only heated facility at the sanctuary. It is suspected that the fire centered around the woodstove used to heat the building. Kennel Manager Nancy Rose said a dog and two cats could not be rescued from the burning structure.

November 18th

Polar bears have ally in Kettle Falls resident

November 18, 2011

Poachers, disease, civil wars, heat, cold, rain, drought, pollution, ignorance, indifference. Those are just some of the challenges faced by the 29 conservationists who have devoted their lives to saving the Earth’s endangered species and who have been nominated to receive the biennial Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation. Steven C. Amstrup, Ph.D., is one of them.

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