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July 25th

‘They said it’s the worst storm they ever saw’

July 25, 2012

Support efforts continue in Ferry County as emergency responders deal with the aftermath of a severe storm that brought with it wind gusts as high as 66 miles an hour sweeping into the area.
The storm knocked out power and downed trees last Friday. Over 700 Avista customers in and around Colville lost power last Friday afternoon, according to Avista Senior Communications Manager, Jessie Wuerst.
Ferry County took the brunt of the micro burst’s wrath, with over 3,000 homes and businesses losing power. As of Sunday morning, 1,000 customers had gotten their electrical service restored.

July 19th

Our Artists: Caneel Johnson

July 19, 2012

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Caneel Johnson and I am 31-years-old. I am learning to make jewelry as a hobby.

Apart from creating things, what do you do? 

I work at Colville Travel. I love to read, eat and be outside.

Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from whichever stone I am working on to make a new piece of jewelry. I also get inspiration from all the artists in my life that have moved me with their work.

Who has been most influential in your craft?

July 17th

Whooping cough hits Tri-County area

July 17, 2012

The Tri-County area of Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille Counties are experiencing significant numbers of pertussis (whooping cough) cases, according to Dr. Ed Gray, M.D., Health Officer of the Northeast Tri-County Health District.
“There has been a sharp increase in the number of cases in the Inchelium, Colville, and Kettle Falls areas in the last two weeks,” says Dr. Gray. “Many of these cases have led to exposures at places of business, sports events, daycares, churches, health care facilities, and exposure for out of state/country residents.”

July 10th

Mountain Berry FroYo opens its doors

July 10, 2012

Mountain Berry FroYo (frozen yogurt), owned by Colville natives Terri Boswell and Alexandria Ellis, is Colville’s newest eatery. The eatery, which serves several varieties of frozen yogurt, (including a Kiwi Strawberry sorbet for those who partake in non-dairy) recently opened July 3.
Ellis manages the business while Terri Boswell currently works for Eastern Washington University’s Early Head Start Program with birth to three-year-old children
A couple of years ago Terri and her daughters visited a FroYo in Spokane and fell in love with the product.

More wolves confirmed in Stevens County

July 10, 2012

The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed another wolf pack in Stevens County last month, bringing the tally in the Tri-county region up to five.
WDFW confirmed the new “Huckleberry Pack” on June 29, naming the five gray wolf pups after Huckleberry Mountain near Fruitland.
The new pack is Washington’s seventh confirmed wolf pack, including the recently documented Nc’icn pack on the Colville Confederated Tribes’ reservation.
An additional five packs are also suspected in the state, according to WDFW.

July 5th

Record rainfall in June

July 5, 2012

Last Wednesday, Colville resident Krystal Anderson, 32, flexed her toes in her flip-flops and did a slow, casual spin, showing off her khaki shorts.
“I can finally wear these without worrying about being cold or wet, so in my mind, this is the first day of summer,” said Anderson. Anderson echoed a sentiment shared by many in the Colville valley and surrounding com¬munities, what with record breaking amounts of rain for the area dominating the month of June.

July 2nd

CHS Graduate earns Presidential Medal of Freedom

July 2, 2012

A lot of fuss is made of Dr. William Foege’s height. After all, the man is six-foot-seven-inches tall, so it’s safe to say he gets noticed in a crowded room.
But for a gentleman of such stature, both physically and professionally, he takes it with a grain of salt. That’s a laudable and venerated quality in a man who was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work in helping to eradicate smallpox in the late 1970s.

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