Archive - Dec 2013 - News Article
Seeing the joy on your child's face when you surprise them with a dog or cat on Christmas morning is a Kodak moment, but perhaps not a practical one.
According to local animal shelter volunteers and welfare activists, animals given as â€śgiftsâ€ť may seem like a good idea, but more often than not, the pets become a responsibility the person(s) arenâ€™t ready for, leaving families with an animal they can't take care of and the difficult decision to give it up.
Itâ€™s hard to find other travelers with more stamps in their passport than Michelle Lee.
As a member of the Colville Rotary Club, Lee has traveled extensively throughout Asia, Europe and Africa in efforts to raise awareness about polio and proper vaccination andclean water projects. Her latest journey to Ethiopia was no different.
â€śLast year, there were 200 cases of polio in the horn of Africa,â€ť said Lee in a presentation to fellow Rotarians last Wednesday. â€śThough the campaign to end polio has been successful, we have to stay diligent and get to outbreaks as soon as possible. â€ś
Authorities have recovered the body of Susan Yager, 51, a Tacoma woman who is thought to have drowned in Loon Lake over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Yager was staying at a cabin on the lake and witnesses reported seeing her in a canoe before her disappearance. Family members and co-workers became concerned when she did not return home, and contacted law enforcement for a welfare check.
Colville Police responded to a call of â€śshots firedâ€ť on E. 3rd Avenue at about noon on Thursday. Upon arrival on scene, police found spent shotgun casings and learned that an individual or individuals had fired rounds into the radiator of a parked late model black car, according to the Colville Police report. The late model Dodge Charger with Oregon plates was reportedly occupied at the time of the shooting incident. According to witnesses, a vehicle described only as â€śwhiteâ€ť left the scene of the shooting.
Sarah Haney (pictured) is the winner of the 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree art contest. The 16-year-old Panorama Alternative School student won the grand prize and the $1,000 that goes with it. She also collected $200 as the Youth category winner. The contest was co-sponsored by The U.S. Forest Service and the non-profit Choose Outdoors from Colorado. The art contest was open to all residents of the home state where this yearâ€™s Capitol Christmas Tree was provided (the 88-foot Engelmann Spruce came from the Colville National Forest in Pend Oreille County).
Contrary to popular belief, Santa Clausâ€™s elves can most likely be found at the Carpenterâ€™s Union Hall No. 1136 in Kettle Falls, as opposed to the icy climbs of the North Pole. Judy Davis and her small, but loyal group of volunteers are back at it again, resurrecting Operation Santa (OS) for the Christmas season.
Operation Santa is a non-profit group that collects and accepts donations of new and gently used toys, clothing, household items and other wares, then sets up shop in the union hall in December to distribute items to area famiÂ¬lies in need of a merry Christmas.
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Smoke blankets the house on 3rd Avenue in Colville as the Colville Fire Department Fire District No. 3 firefighters take their positions around the structure.