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June 11th, 2012
The National Park Service (NPS) has their work cut out for them with the removal of Black Locust trees along 50 acres near Lake Roosevelt.
Currently in the planning and development stages, the project entails removing invasive black locusts that are choking out native plants and trees like pine and cottonwood. The majority of the tree removal will take place between the Kettle Falls Marina and Ski Point, which is south of Swim Beach near the Locust Grove Camp Ground.
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By any estimation, a series of events last week acted as propellant for community concern and outrage in the Colville School District as cuts to teaching staff and debates about renewing the superintendentâs contract coincided with the annual âRally in the Park.â
Looking at Joe and June Machala, one might be tempted to make assumptions. The first could be that they are much younger than their actual years and the second that they have been fitness buffs their whole lives.
After all, when the couple is not enjoying fishing on Lake Roosevelt or looking after their home in Kettle Falls, they work out six days a week and run races and marathons all over the country. Both finished first in their respective age categories in the annual Bloomsday run for the masses earlier this month in Spokane.
Good day readers! Do you frequent community events in our area? Whether it's one of the local farmer's markets, a fundraiser, a fun run or community celebration, you never know when a Statesman-Examiner reporter will be there with a camera snapping candids. That's why you should head to our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/SENewspaper and see if you ended up in one of our photos. Tag yourself and share it with friends! We have photos from today's Economic Summit at Colville High School, so check it out. You never know who you might find!
Donât touch that dial---Chewelah Community Radio is on the air with all the news and music thatâs fit to grace radio waves. The non-profit station, call sign KCHW 102.7, has a lot on its roster. It recently moved to a new location at the 3rd Street Mall and is currently looking for volunteers and donors.
Washingtonâs whooping cough epidemic continues on a record pace that has already surpassed 1,000 reported cases. The total of 1,008 as of April 21 is more than reported in all of 2011 and is the highest number of cases since 1,026 were reported in all of 2005.
One may ask what man does after he has conquered the frontier. Interestingly, he often looks back to see how it was done.
Locally, this attention to our early roots is taking an approach that project volunteer Joe Barreca said is the ânew face of history.â
âWhen many of us learned history, it was canned and written down in certain boundaries approved by a publisher somewhere,â Barreca said. âBut if we really start looking at the history of communities and individuals, we can get to the same place that highlights wars and economic booms, for instance.
Local school districts were spared the financial axe during the 2012 Washington State Legislative session as legislators struggled to address a $1.1 billion shortfall in the state budget. While there were a number of proposals to cut funding to public education, public schools came out relatively unscathed.
âIt is looking like there will be little to no change in per pupil funding for the 2012/2013 school year,â said Colville School District Superintendent Ken Emmil. âHowever, federal program funding is up in the air right now and there are hints that there will be cuts for next year.
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