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January 14th, 2013

More than point and click

January 14, 2013

Jeff Tetrick has always had a fondness for both photography and painting, two art forms that demand a similar approach. They both require a good eye for color, composition, and the bigger picture, so to speak.
“As an artist, I see beauty in a lot of things,” Tetrick says. “It’s a rare day when I don’t see a good picture to take, and the painting keeps my eyes fresh and alert for details.”

January 11th

Woman charged with second-degree homicide

January 11, 2013

The Colville City Police, with assistance from the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office, Washington State Patrol and the Washington State Patrol Crime Scene Response, are conducting a homicide investigation in Colville. On Jan. 10 at approximately 8:20 a.m., Colville Police responded to a call and located a deceased 56-year-old David Barr at 2072 ½ West 2nd.
Barr was found dead with signs of trauma to his head and neck, says Stevens County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Rasmussen.

January 9th

John Smith gets the nod as new 7th District Senator

January 9, 2013

Colville-area farmer John Smith, 39, beat out Spokane legislative aide Josh Kerns, 27, for the position of Washington State 7th Legislative District Senator, replacing Republican Bob Morton, who announced his retirement in December.
Smith garnered 13 out of 15 votes from county commissioners of the 7th District, who met last Thursday in Colville to decide who would replace Morton to finish the last two years of his term in the Senate.
A third finalist, political consultant Doug Simpson, withdrew his name for consideration prior to the meeting.

Arden Bridge scheduled for June re-opening

January 9, 2013

The Arden Bridge technically shouldn't be called a bridge, since there is no bridge right now fording the Little Pend Oreille River. The bridge, which traverses the river along the Old Arden Highway south of Colville, hasn’t been reconstructed yet.
The historic span was closed in 2011 after sustaining an undermining of its foundation from spring runoff.
Jason Hart Assistant County Engineer for Stevens County, said that work on the bridge is has been idled for the winter. The construction site is scheduled to re-open in March.

January 4th

Cowgirl author

January 4, 2013

When the doctor told Dawn Nelson that she had cancer in 2005, she was six months pregnant with her first child. Test results had revealed a cancerous tumor in her stomach, and Nelson was informed that she probably wouldn't live to meet her baby girl.
Out of a desire to have her baby know who she was, Nelson began to write a memoir of her life. Unknown to Nelson, this book would change the course of her career.
“We decided to go ahead and have her [the baby]. And I started writing my first book so that she would know who I was,” explained Nelson.

December 29th, 2012

Thieves make off with life-sized coffee cup

December 29, 2012

Thieves helped themselves to a cup of coffee at Talk-n-Coffee in Colville last Wednesday evening, but not just any cup. The coffee shop’s white, sheet metal cup sculpture, which bears the Talk-n-Coffee logo, was stolen from its resting place on the sidewalk in front of the business, located at 119 East Astor Avenue.
The cup, which was made at a local metal worker’s studio in 2007, stands at over three feet tall and serves as a float in community parades and is considered an enjoyable landmark for, “the coffee shop family” according to Talk-n-Coffee owner Scott Sanders.

December 27th

'Willing to take the risk'

December 27, 2012

Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment of Colville physician Dr. Barry Bacon’s travelogue/report from the African continent and his ongoing work there. This story picks up after the events described in “Widow Powered” which appeared in the 12-12-12 edition of the Statesman-Examiner.

Rwanda Project

December 26th

'I'm not closing'

December 26, 2012

Barman’s Country Store in downtown Colville wasn’t very active last Friday afternoon, save for the sounds of Jerry Lee Lewis’s rambunctious, “Great Balls of Fire” playing over the loud speakers and the occasional groan of wooden floorboards as a few customers looked at wares. Employees manned a lunch counter and soda fountain where no one stopped in to order a sandwich and soup, or an old-fashioned milk shake.

December 18th

Sandy Hook: A resounding effect

December 18, 2012

Stevens County resident Velena Hawthorne doesn’t have television, but her family does have Internet. So last Friday, as she was idly glancing over the contents of Google news, she saw the headlines saying there had been a shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, CT.
As she scrolled down the article, she saw that the majority of those killed were children, all under the age of 10. She gasped audibly, causing her boyfriend, Tyler Peterson, to come in from the next room to see what was wrong.

December 11th

Open hearts, open doors: From Georgia to Colville

December 11, 2012

Hunters during deer hunting season, or any other hunting season for that matter, hardly garner more than a glance from passersby on the street or in a store or restaurant in Stevens County. It’s business as usual in one of the most verdant and popular hunting regions in the Northwest.
So not very many people may have paid much attention to a middle-aged man making his way around Colville and Loon Lake with a 16-year-old boy in tow, both dressed in warm clothing and hunting apparel.

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