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October 10th, 2012

SCCA asks F&W Commission for regional delisting

October 10, 2012

Several members of the Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association (SCCA) submitted testimony to the Washington State Fish and Wildlife Commission last Friday on the resurgence of Gray Wolves in Eastern Washington. The Commission hearing on Oct. 5 included an update from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) on the removal six members of the Wedge wolf pack. The removal was approved by the Commission due to the persistent attacks on cattle by the Wedge wolves.

Learning by doing

October 10, 2012

Kettle Falls elementary school students were recently treated to a short trip on Lake Roosevelt via canoe provided by Voyages of Rediscovery. A river-based environmental education program, Voyages of Rediscovery has been creating dugout canoes at the Kettle Falls Historical Center from donated cedar logs. Students came to the center on a field trip to learn how the canoes are made my hand and about the history and heritage of the Columbia River. To learn more, go to http://www.voyagesofrediscovery.com.

October 3rd

Two birds with one stone (or shot)

October 3, 2012

DelRae Bultina is not from this area, but she is invested in it all the same. The 53-year-old Burbank resident has been journeying to Gifford for over 20 years with her husband, Marvin, to hunt turkeys every spring and fall.

Delayed at the bridge: An update on ongoing construction

October 3, 2012

The bridge at Kettle Falls was built in 1929 to eliminate delays, but lately, it has delayed construction deadlines, traffic, truckers, and emergency vehicles.
Work on the bridge was delayed before construction even started in August, according to Bob Hilmes, the project engineer employed by WSDOT (Washington State Department of Transportation).
The bridge needed repairs over two years ago, according to Hilmes. When two gaping holes opened on the bridge over the past winter due to abrasive snowplows, it became apparent that construc¬tion timetables needed to be pushed up.

September 26th

WDFW agrees to remove Wedge pack

September 26, 2012

Because of the ongoing loss of cattle at the Diamond M ranch in Northeast Washington, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has agreed to remove the “Wedge” wolf pack they say has become “habituated” to eating cattle.
According to the Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association, the Diamond M has experienced at least 18 wolf attacks on their herd since June, with 10 dead and eight injured calves.

'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.

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