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May 15th, 2013

Colville Fish Hatchery gets new lease on life

May 15, 2013

A plan to transform the idle Colville Fish Hatchery into an educational and vocational learning center got the green light late last month.
The venerable hatchery, located on a little more than 19 pristine acres along Highway 20 and Third Avenue in east Colville, was acquired by the state of Washington from Stevens County back in 1933 and operated by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for nearly 80 years before it was closed in 2010.

May 13th

His work is garbage. Seriously, it is.

May 13, 2013

Dan Kiesecker’s (a.k.a. Dan Deranged) work is imaginative, quirky, undeniably creative, and complete trash. No, that’s not a metaphor or an insult; he makes all of his figurines and wall hangings from recyclable or thrown away materials. Where most just see garbage, Kiesecker sees an opportunity to create something that both delights the viewer and maybe makes them even think twice about how much waste they create. Kiesecker took time out from his schedule as a full-time college student to explain his inventive process.

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May 8th

Town and Country Days coming up!

May 8, 2013

It will be Town and Country Days (TACD) time again May 31 through June 2 in Kettle Falls.
Festivities will kick off the afternoon of Friday, May 31, with vendors up and running by noon.
The annual Grumpy Grouch Fun Run returns, beginning Friday, May 31 at 7 p.m. The run will start and end at the Kettle Falls City Park, next to the swimming pool. The entry fee for the Fun Run is $10, and participants will receive a t-shirt. Entry forms are available online at www.kettle-falls.com, Kettle Falls City Hall and at AIA Insurance in Kettle Falls.

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 disÂŹabilities, 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.

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