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September 26th, 2012

'Don't believe your own press'

September 26, 2012

It’s easy to get lulled into the idea that one knows everything about their neighbors in a rural community. There’s the person you see almost every day at the grocery store, on your way to the coffee shop, or strolling through the park and because you exchange pleasantries, there’s a sense of the familiar.
In most cases, though, there is usually more than meets the eye, and such is the case with Onion Creek resident Mike Reilly. Usually spotted outside of Talk n’ Coffee in Colville, drinking his morning brew, chatting and people watching,

September 17th

Reaching the goal: Funding workshops for community organizations

September 17, 2012

Is your organization struggling to fund community projects? Are you worried about funding in these uncertain times? The Kettle Falls Horizons program, in partnership with WSU Stevens County Extension, is excited to announce a program that can help find and write grants, fund-raise, and mobilize community resources.

What's old is new again: upcycling

September 17, 2012

An old bed sheet is transformed into a petty coat skirt. Lace trimmings from throwaway curtains are refigured onto an apron. Tiny, plastic flowers the color of gumballs that look like they were rescued from a dime store become stylish hair clips and jewelry.
This is the realm of upcycling, advocated and utilized by Colville resident and businesswoman Tiane Shoemaker. Upcycling is the process of changing waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality, and to lessen the impact of creating new materials and products on the environment.

September 12th

Watching the skies: Wind and wildfires

September 12, 2012

Though recent strong winds haven’t been much to brag about in terms of breaking any records, that hasn’t stopped the weather from posing a threat to local homeowners and fire districts.
Smoke from lightning-sparked fires in areas of Central and Eastern Washington shrouded the skies over the Colville Valley last Sunday evening and Monday morning, causing some residents to experience discomfort from smoke inhalation.
“It sucks, the whole being able to breathe thing,” says Thomas Howard, 24. “I had to close all the windows in my apartment (Sunday night).”

August 29th

Canoes become community's journey

August 29, 2012

The Kettle Falls Historical Center (KFHC) is currently home to a curious scene. A group of six to seven men, ranging in age from early twenties to middle-aged are gathered around an enormous old-growth cedar log protected from the elements by erected tarps. The repetitive sound of metal hitting wood and the tangy smell of wood chips permeate the air.

August 7th

Like golf? Know someone who does? You need this book.

August 7, 2012

The Statesman-Examiner is selling its Golf Course Coupon Book at a discount rate of $19.95 per book (no tax) marked down from $69.95. With a savings value of up to $590, this is a golfer's dream. Participating courses are Balfour, Birchbank, Castlegar, Christina Lake, Dominion Meadows, Kokanee Springs and Redstone. The book includes two coupons per course. Buy one round of golf get another one for free. Coupons cover all green fees, except golf cart rentals. The majority of coupons expire Sept. 30, so don't miss this incredible deal! Stop in Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

'It's a dirty shame'; Vandalizing old-growth trees

August 7, 2012

At 88-years-old, Hilda Weaver moves more spryly than many couch-bound 20-somethings, her makeshift walking stick keeping pace with her as she crosses a field of grass, weeds and wild strawberry plants and heads into the forest.

July 25th

‘They said it’s the worst storm they ever saw’

July 25, 2012

Support efforts continue in Ferry County as emergency responders deal with the aftermath of a severe storm that brought with it wind gusts as high as 66 miles an hour sweeping into the area.
The storm knocked out power and downed trees last Friday. Over 700 Avista customers in and around Colville lost power last Friday afternoon, according to Avista Senior Communications Manager, Jessie Wuerst.
Ferry County took the brunt of the micro burst’s wrath, with over 3,000 homes and businesses losing power. As of Sunday morning, 1,000 customers had gotten their electrical service restored.

July 19th

Our Artists: Caneel Johnson

July 19, 2012

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Caneel Johnson and I am 31-years-old. I am learning to make jewelry as a hobby.

Apart from creating things, what do you do? 

I work at Colville Travel. I love to read, eat and be outside.

Where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from whichever stone I am working on to make a new piece of jewelry. I also get inspiration from all the artists in my life that have moved me with their work.

Who has been most influential in your craft?

July 17th

Whooping cough hits Tri-County area

July 17, 2012

The Tri-County area of Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille Counties are experiencing significant numbers of pertussis (whooping cough) cases, according to Dr. Ed Gray, M.D., Health Officer of the Northeast Tri-County Health District.
“There has been a sharp increase in the number of cases in the Inchelium, Colville, and Kettle Falls areas in the last two weeks,” says Dr. Gray. “Many of these cases have led to exposures at places of business, sports events, daycares, churches, health care facilities, and exposure for out of state/country residents.”

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