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January 11th, 2013
The Colville City Police, with assistance from the Stevens County Sheriffâ€™s Office, Washington State Patrol and the Washington State Patrol Crime Scene Response, are conducting a homicide investigation in Colville. On Jan. 10 at approximately 8:20 a.m., Colville Police responded to a call and located a deceased 56-year-old David Barr at 2072 Â˝ West 2nd.
Barr was found dead with signs of trauma to his head and neck, says Stevens County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Rasmussen.
Colville-area farmer John Smith, 39, beat out Spokane legislative aide Josh Kerns, 27, for the position of Washington State 7th Legislative District Senator, replacing Republican Bob Morton, who announced his retirement in December.
Smith garnered 13 out of 15 votes from county commissioners of the 7th District, who met last Thursday in Colville to decide who would replace Morton to finish the last two years of his term in the Senate.
A third finalist, political consultant Doug Simpson, withdrew his name for consideration prior to the meeting.
The Arden Bridge technically shouldn't be called a bridge, since there is no bridge right now fording the Little Pend Oreille River. The bridge, which traverses the river along the Old Arden Highway south of Colville, hasnâ€™t been reconstructed yet.
The historic span was closed in 2011 after sustaining an undermining of its foundation from spring runoff.
Jason Hart Assistant County Engineer for Stevens County, said that work on the bridge is has been idled for the winter. The construction site is scheduled to re-open in March.
When the doctor told Dawn Nelson that she had cancer in 2005, she was six months pregnant with her first child. Test results had revealed a cancerous tumor in her stomach, and Nelson was informed that she probably wouldn't live to meet her baby girl.
Out of a desire to have her baby know who she was, Nelson began to write a memoir of her life. Unknown to Nelson, this book would change the course of her career.
â€śWe decided to go ahead and have her [the baby]. And I started writing my first book so that she would know who I was,â€ť explained Nelson.
December 29th, 2012
Thieves helped themselves to a cup of coffee at Talk-n-Coffee in Colville last Wednesday evening, but not just any cup. The coffee shopâ€™s white, sheet metal cup sculpture, which bears the Talk-n-Coffee logo, was stolen from its resting place on the sidewalk in front of the business, located at 119 East Astor Avenue.
The cup, which was made at a local metal workerâ€™s studio in 2007, stands at over three feet tall and serves as a float in community parades and is considered an enjoyable landmark for, â€śthe coffee shop familyâ€ť according to Talk-n-Coffee owner Scott Sanders.
Editorâ€™s note: This is the fourth installment of Colville physician Dr. Barry Baconâ€™s travelogue/report from the African continent and his ongoing work there. This story picks up after the events described in â€śWidow Poweredâ€ť which appeared in the 12-12-12 edition of the Statesman-Examiner.
Barmanâ€™s Country Store in downtown Colville wasnâ€™t very active last Friday afternoon, save for the sounds of Jerry Lee Lewisâ€™s rambunctious, â€śGreat Balls of Fireâ€ť playing over the loud speakers and the occasional groan of wooden floorboards as a few customers looked at wares. Employees manned a lunch counter and soda fountain where no one stopped in to order a sandwich and soup, or an old-fashioned milk shake.
Stevens County resident Velena Hawthorne doesnâ€™t have television, but her family does have Internet. So last Friday, as she was idly glancing over the contents of Google news, she saw the headlines saying there had been a shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, CT.
As she scrolled down the article, she saw that the majority of those killed were children, all under the age of 10. She gasped audibly, causing her boyfriend, Tyler Peterson, to come in from the next room to see what was wrong.
Hunters during deer hunting season, or any other hunting season for that matter, hardly garner more than a glance from passersby on the street or in a store or restaurant in Stevens County. Itâ€™s business as usual in one of the most verdant and popular hunting regions in the Northwest.
So not very many people may have paid much attention to a middle-aged man making his way around Colville and Loon Lake with a 16-year-old boy in tow, both dressed in warm clothing and hunting apparel.
Up and coming musician, singer and songwriter Aaron Gabriel of Chewelah, shares his perspective on creating that perfect song, a plethora of which can be found on his new album, â€śAn Uninvited Guest.â€ť Gabriel will celebrate his CD release with a live performance Saturday, Dec. 29 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chewelah Civic Center. Admission is free and CDs and posters will be available for purchase.
The album is also available on Amazon, CD Baby, iTunes and Spotify.
For more information, go to www.aarongabriel.net.
Name: Aaron Gabriel