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March 13th, 2013

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.

March 5th

Enter the S-E Photography Contest

March 5, 2013

The Statesman-Examiner is looking for photos of the Panorama Land area (Stevens, Ferry and Pend Oreille Counties). We want photos of area events, wildlife, landscapes, landmarks or other Panorama Land photos you would like to share. All entries must be received by Friday, April 12. Grand Prize is $150, 1st place is $75, 2nd place is $50 and 3rd place is $25. Entry fee is only .25 cents per photo or five for $1. Entries are limited to 10 pictures per person. Winners will be published in the S-E.

March 1st

Sporty's wins best burger

March 1, 2013

Drum roll, please! The first place winner of the Stevens County Best Burger Contest is The Sportman's Bar and Grill (Sporty's) in Chewelah. Second place is Arden 1 Stop, followed by Lovitt Restaurant in Colville. Look for our winners' featured articles in upcoming editions of the Statesman-Examiner, starting with Sporty's on March 6! The S-E would like to say a big "Thank you" to all of the area businesses that chose to participate in this year's contest. We appreciate you all, and we're fortunate to live in a community where we can all come together in the spirit of competition and have fun.

February 27th

You can be an artist. Willow Rosales will show you how

February 27, 2013

Art isn’t just for children or aspiring Monet types. Colville resident Willow Rosales shares her skills as print maker and mixed media talent in non-credit classes at Spokane Community College’s Colville Center. A 2005 graduate of Fairhaven College in Bellingham, Rosales taught printmaking workshops at the college until 2010. She came back to Stevens County a couple of years ago with her husband and fellow artist, Chris, to be closer to family (her parents own Quillisascut Farms in Rice).
Tell us about the non-credit classes you will be teaching.

February 26th

‘It’s much different than the media portrays’

February 26, 2013

Husband and wife team Dirk Boswell and Michelle Lee’s trip to Pakistan almost didn’t happen. Between the aggravating visa process and attacks by the Taliban in the southern part of the country, the 12-day visit seemed like a plan that might never materialize.
However, at the last minute, after Boswell and Lee had been told at the Los Angeles consulate that it would take two to three months to get their visas, Michelle received an email from a contact in Pakistan that said their applications had been approved.

February 22nd

Iraq War vet reunited with lost dog

February 22, 2013

The black little dog, of Scottish Terrier descent, stood up on his back legs with his front two paws pressed against the bars of his kennel. His shaggy hair fell over his eyes and his pink tongue stuck out in a cheerful grin. If he was a person, you would think he was smiling. Perhaps, he was grinning because he was finally being reunited with his owners after three months of separation.
“Hello, Charlie,” said the Animal Control officer. She opened the door and pushed him off her green uniform, as he jumped up on her legs in greeting. This was Charlie's day.

February 19th

MIA Veteran honored 70 years later

February 19, 2013

Through the steady cadence of taps being played at the Colville Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) comes the soft sound of weeping---Franseen “Benny” McKay mourns the brother she lost 70-years ago when she was a girl of 12.
In 1943, Air Corp 2nd Lt. William W. Bartlett was killed in action when his bomber was shot down over Austria while returning from its first mission. Bartlett, the plane’s navigator, and the rest of his crew, were considered missing in action (MIA). Their bodies were never recovered.

February 18th

'She was really annoying'

February 18, 2013

Two fifth-graders at Fort Colville Elementary School in Colville allegedly masterminded a murder plot to kill a classmate because they found her to be “really annoying,” according to court documents that were released in the case last week.
The fifth-graders, currently locked up at Martin Hall Juvenile Detention Facility near Medical Lake, had their alleged murder plot foiled earlier this month when a fourth-grader at the school told school staff that he had witnessed one of the boy’s with a knife.

WIzard of Oz takes you over the rainbow

February 18, 2013

The scene at Woodland Theatre is akin to an unusually charted 100-meter dash---everyone is running in different directions, but all are arriving at the same place. That place would be opening night Friday, March 1 for The Wizard of Oz.

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