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June 19th, 2013
Several years ago, Michelle Chingâs college experience wasnât that different from milÂ¬lions of other young adults across the country---the 2008 Colville graduate was trying to pay her own way by working nights as a cocktail waitress while attending school full-time. She also took occasional work as a lifeguard at a water park on Oahu, studying fashion design during the day at University of Hawaii.
But the long nights began to take their toll on Chingâs studies, and most importantly, her health.
Stevens County Sheriff âs Department Deputies and EMTs responded to a vehicle fatality on Orin Rice Road last Sunday morning, according to Sheriff Kendle Allen.
Around 4:45 a.m., a passerby noticed a 2007 Dodge truck lying on its side near Wonch Road and called 911. First responders discovered the truckâs occupants, driver Ron Holland, 52, passenger Wade Holland, 35, and passenger Kasey Dallman, 32. Both Ron and Wade Holland, who were uncle and nephew, were declared dead at the scene.
Emergency responders were called to a structure fire at Brown Boyz Island BBQ in Colville last Saturday afternoon.
Colville Fire Chief Joe Hirsch said the fire started around 3 p.m. The Colville Volunteer Fire Department responded with nine firefighters, two fire engines, a ladder truck and one support vehicle.
Hirsch said there were three employees inside the restauÂ¬rant at the time of the fire, but everyone made it out safely and no injuries were reÂ¬ported.
So, whatâs more dire than the need to fix Colvilleâs streets, straighten out the issue of diagonal parking, or pass an ordinance concerning the feeding of wildlife in the âVilleâs neighborhoods?
According to Eric Durpos, Municipal Services Administrator for the City of Colville, itâs how to fund the repairs for the cityâs long-suffering storm water infrastructure. Durpos says the city has been searching for funding strategies, applying for grants, and cutting back on costs while updating an aging storm water system that is in critical need of repair.
The Stevens County Sheriffâs Office has completed its sexual misconduct investigation of Colville police Officer Rex Newport and has turned the case over to prosecutors.
Wednesday morning, Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen said he has formally requested that the state Office of Attorney General handle charging decisions and any potential prosecution of the Colville officer.
Newport, who has worked for Colville police for about 15 years, was placed on administrative leave in March.
Colville police, firefighters and Stevens County Ambulance EMTs responded to a vehicle collision around noon on Tuesday, June 11 when a cement truck rear-ended a car on 3rd Avenue and Cedar Street. One of the car's occupants was transported to Providence Mount Carmel Hospital and later released. Two other vehicle occupants were treated for minor injuries at the scene. The driver of the cement truck was not injured.
When it comes to the artistry of floral arrangements, Debbie Therrian is kind of a big deal. Not that she acts as such, but Therrian's talents have taken her from Nevada to California, where she reigned at floral shows with her unique, expressive arrangements and was even honored as a top designer when she was 19-years-old.
What started off as a perceived deer problem within the city of Colville had some council members figuratively scratching their heads in confusion as they debated an ordinance that would make feeding wildlife, including waterfowl, illegal within city limits.
Ephraim Brown, 35, is a conceptual, metal and assemblage artist from the Pacific Northwest. He utilizes mostly recycled materials, found objects and scrap metal for his creations, thus giving a "trash into treasure", or "beauty found within the garbage" quality to his work. The tools he uses range from a dollar-store paint brush to an oxyacetylene torch.
Itâs been just over a decade since the original âseedâ of an idea, but the dream of affordable housing for Colvilleâs seniors is a large step closer to reality. Eric Ohrtman and Jeff Whitten of the Hudesman House Apartments (HHA) Board of Directors announced at Tuesdayâs Chamber of Commerce meeting that the project on Colvilleâs north side recently broke ground.