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May 1st

People First wants to take its place in community

May 1, 2013

What if?
That was the question Danny Holmes posted to his friend, Cody Fairweather, who helped found the local branch of Lake Roosevelt People First. A self-advocacy group founded by and for people with dis¬abilities, the organization supports and educates people to speak for themselves, make their own decisions, contribute to their community and become community leaders.

Food for thought: School District keeps fare local

May 1, 2013

At the Colville School Board meeting on April 24, the board unanimously passed a motion that entailed not renewing a contract with their food supplier—Southwest Foods—and opting instead to depend on local suppliers for their food sources in the future.
The board agreed that buying local foods would promote quality meals as well as lessen the overall cost inherent in contracting with food suppliers. It will also allow more control over the food served.

April 15th

Hachisoft—a childhood dream is realized

April 15, 2013

Hidden in the center of downtown Colville and overlooking Heritage Court on Main Street, three brothers—Tyler, Caleb, and Elliott Edwards—founded a computer consulting business, Hachisoft, in 2001 that works with national as well as international corporations.
Not many local residents know about Hachisoft, since the Edwards brothers advertise their business online, targeting energy corporations in need of engineering software.

April 8th

Author goes ‘Between’ worlds with new book

April 8, 2013

Like most novel writers, there is more to Kerry Schafer than meets the eye. On the surface, she appears soft-spoken, her presence comforting and a good listener, which probably goes hand-in-hand with her job as a counselor at NEW Alliance Counseling. One might not make the connection that she is the author of the new fantasy novel Between, an engaging narrative that avoids the usual traps and stereotypes that said novels can fall into and makes the reader wonder if they are dreaming while awake.

April 2nd

Never too young to make a difference

April 2, 2013

Justin Peterson was only in fourth-grade and nine-years-old when he decided to raise $600 to send a veteran back to Washington D.C. on the Inland Northwest Honor Flight, an organization that sends veterans to Washington D.C. in honor of their service to their country. But that goal stretched far beyond $600. Peterson is now twelve and has raised over $57,000 to support veterans.

March 26th

Vehicle-related crimes spike in Colville

March 26, 2013

Incidents of vehicle prowling and other crimes hit a high in February for Colville, according to City of Colville Police Chief Bob Meshishnek. There were 13 confirmed vehicle prowls, 16 cases of shoplifting, one fuel theft and 13 residential thefts (perpetrators gaining access to open garage doors and sheds).
“In a normal month, we’d have an average of 30 calls regarding theft of any kind,” explains Meshishnek. “In February, we had over 50 calls.”

March 22nd

Police Officer accused of sexual misconduct

March 22, 2013

A City of Colville Police Officer has been placed on indefinite Administrative Leave due to allegations of sexual misconduct.
The Stevens County Sheriff’s Department is heading up the investigation.
“We’re investigating an allegation of sexual misconduct at the request of the Colville Police Department,” said Stevens County Sheriff Kendle Allen on Friday. “We still have a long way to go before we finish.”
No criminal charges have been filed regarding the investigation at this point in time.

March 20th

Oh deer--does Colville have a whitetail problem?

March 20, 2013

Should the city do anything about deer inside the city limits?
There seemed to be controversy and concern about the issue of a seemingly growing whitetail deer herd in spring of 2011, when a local resident Mike Kisman brought complaints to the Colville City Council Chambers. Kisman thought there was a deer control issue that the city needed to address.
Kisman is not listed in the telephone book and could not be reached for comment on this article.

March 13th

Gold fever on Buckhorn Mountain

March 13, 2013

Buckhorn Mountain lies serene and undisturbed, dotted by snow-covered slopes that are a skier’s dream.
But underneath the mountain's placid exterior and photogenic face, Kinross Gold Corporation operates an elaborate and sophisticated mining operation to excavate and extract precious gold ore.
A muddy dirt road and a few buildings dotting the side of the mountain are the only telltale and discernible signs of the mine's location.

March 6th

March is Meals on Wheels month

March 6, 2013

Chances are, we all know a homebound senior. Tri-County Senior Nutrition, a program of Rural Resources Community Action, is participating in the National 'March for Meals' Campaign.
Held in March, the campaign is designed to increase public awareness, recruit new volunteers and increase funding for Meals on Wheels. All monies raised are used locally for meals for homebound seniors.
According to Senior Nutrition Program Assistant Darlene Visger, Meals on Wheels was able to provide over 12,600 meals to seniors in the Tri-County area in 2012.

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