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September 14th, 2011
Colville Public Library staff and volunteers experienced a mad scramble late last month when the task of replacing the sub-flooring was added to the buildingâs renovation project. While new tile carpet was being installed, workers discovered that the flooring underneath was structurally compromised, which meant that books, computers, shelves, and all furniture had to be moved out so just less than 5,000 feet of flooring could be replaced.
But with determination and lots of helping hands, the library was able to reopen Sept. 6 after being closed to the public since August 20.
Itâs customary for the S-E to check in with the Colville Food and Resource Center during near the beginning of fall, as the holiday season peaks over the horizon. This year, fall was too far away, according to CFRC Director Frani Roberts.
âUsually, I wait until the end of September, but I have to get the word out now,â says Roberts, motioning to the scant, nearly bare shelves in the food bank. âWeâre hurting and we need all the help we can get.â
As temperatures climbed to the mid to upper 90âs over the weekend, Northeast Washington Fair-goers like Shailey Olsen, 3, got creative when it came to finding ways to cool down. For more photos of the annual NE WA Fair, including the Junior Fat Stock Sale, check out this week's edition of the S-E.
On first impression, Dr. Barry Bacon is a quiet, unassuming man. He practices medicine at the Northeast Washington Medical Group Clinic in Colville, has been married to his wife, Shelley, for 30 years and even performs in a local band comprised entirely of doctors (often under the moniker The Doctorsâ Concert).
But under this reserved surface is an ambition to help the less fortunate. And for Bacon that means continuing his sojourns to the African continent.
Walking into the Colville Public Libraryâs (CPL) basement is like walking into organized chaos---itâs planned, but thankfully not permanent. Books and furniture are stacked in cluttered, but contained rows. Patrons with an item on hold can come in on the side entrance off of Astor Street to retrieve it, but thereâs no milling about in the books that have taken temporary shelter in the buildingâs lower level.
On Wednesday night a six-week-old female infant from Colville was transported via Med Star to a Spokane hospital.
Authorities say the baby showed signs of abuse and Spokane Police began an investigation. Spokane Police alerted Stevens County Sheriff Kendle Allen to the abuse and Stevens Co. Sheriff's deputies interviewed 18-year-old David M. Ordway, who lived with the baby's mother.
According to Allen, Ordway confessed to abusing the child. As of now, itâs unclear whether he is the babyâs biological father.
The early primary election results have clearly thinned the number of candidates for the general election, while showing a failure of the Stevens County Rural Library District levy lift proposal.
An early tally on August 19 showed the library levy lift defeated by a nearly 60 percent margin, with 5,332 voters against the measure (59.46 percent) and only 3,635 (40.54 percent) in favor.
Itâs that time of year again, so be sure to check out the Northeast Washington Fair Thursday, Aug. 25 through Sunday, Aug. 28 at the Northeast Washington Fairgrounds in Colville.
According to NE WA Fair Manager Lori Matlock, there are over 785 participants in this yearâs fair, not counting food and craft vendors.
âThis year, we are at about 5,500 exhibits and climbing,â says Matlock. âThatâs great news because it means the fair is alive and well and parent are keeping their kids in this grass-roots type of education.â
Orient School is gearing up for a $5.9 million remodel that will update the 100-year-old building by installing new heating and cooling systems, providing compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, improving fire safety in the historic building, constructing a covered play area and updating classrooms and offices.
The airport relocation project loomed over the goings-on at Colville City Council last week and Monday evening as council members debated whether or not to authorize an advisory vote for the Nov. 8 general election. The advisory vote revolves around whether or not the City of Colville should proceed with the process to relocate and expand the municipal airport.