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January 25th, 2012

Statesman Animal Photo contest

January 25, 2012

Is your pet a ham in front of a camera? Or do you just have a great shot of your favorite animal? Capture their wackiest moments on film and we will put the first 54 photos on a deck of playing cards! So hurry in today. Winning photos will be published in the Statesman-Examiner on March 14. Grand Prize: $100.

Send your entry and entry form to:
Statesman-Examiner Newspaper
Attn: Pet photo contest
P.O. Box 271
Colville, WA 99114

The cost of entering the contest is $8 per photo. All entries must be received by March 1, 2012.

January 19th

3rd Avenue Project: Last phase of Colville 2000

January 19, 2012

Motorists and Colville residents will see a change in their travel plans this coming spring when the City of Colville begins the 3rd Avenue project in an effort to increase the efficiency of truck traffic from Highway 20 to the truck route on Railroad Avenue. “This will help to provide an efficient flow of truck traffic to the mill (Vaagen Brothers Lumber) and Colmac Coil,” explained City of Colville Municipal Services Administrator, Eric Durpos.

Colville looks to Elm Street project

January 19, 2012

With the 3rd Avenue Project in the works (see accompanying story in this week’s S-E), it would seem that the City of Colville has its plate full, as it also prepares to send the Elm Street Project out to bid at the end of the month. The Elm Street Project consists of reconstructing Elm Street from Dominion Avenue all the way to 1st Avenue, encompassing approximately 2,000 feet of street, according to City of Colville Municipal Services Administrator Eric Durpos.

January 18th

A sound business

January 18, 2012

The House of Music on Colville’s Main Street has survived and thrived for over 30 years, and that’s no small feat for any small town business in this day and age.
“Our strength has always been in quality and customer service,” says owner Ryke Dahlen, who bought the business from Gene and Margaret Graham with his father, Ivar Dahlen, in 1978.
The House of Music currently consists of three main departments, including a full-line music store featuring acoustic and electric instruments from Yamaha, Fender and Ibanez (to name a few).

Wolf kill workshop offered to county

January 18, 2012

Following a public meeting that announced how Stevens County law enforcement is planning to respond to wolf kills, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has offered to help train local deputies on recognizing wolf depredation.
The offer was made after a county plan was vocalized to provide response and investigation of wolf complaints in the county, much like the current system in Wallowa County, Oregon.

January 10th

Community college offers non-credit winter classes

January 10, 2012

The Institute for Extended Learning Colville center, also known as the Colville Community College, will be offering non-credit classes this winter on a variety of skill-boosting topics from computer literacy and rug making to Japanese and gardening.

The classes offered during Jan., Feb. and March are mostly on night and weekends and range from $11 to $70, depending on the subject and the length of the class. The Colville IEL is a branch of the Community Colleges of Spokane and offers regular credit classes during the day along with its non-credit offerings.

Legislative session starts Jan. 9

January 10, 2012

The Washington State Legislature convened yesterday, Jan. 9, for a short 60-day session where they will attempt to make up a roughly $2 billion deficit in the state budget. The regular session convened just weeks after the closure of a "special session" that aimed to outline budget cuts and adjustments prior to the regular Legislative session.

January 3rd

What can you do for a child?

January 3, 2012

Talking about sexual abuse is akin to standing up to the playground bully: awkward and sometimes frightening, but necessary. This is where the Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children Sexual Abuse Prevention Training comes in.
Offered through Family Support Center/Kids First Children’s Advocacy Center (a program of Rural Resources) Stewards of Children is a comprehensive sexual abuse prevention awareness program, free of charge, that educates adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibility to child sexual abuse.

December 29th, 2011

From Colville to Rwanda

December 29, 2011

Barry and Shelley Bacon recently returned from working four months in Rwanda, Africa the scene of terrible genocide in 1994, where 800,000 people were killed in 100 days. Many children were left orphaned by the atrocity, and one man is raising 35 of these children, most of who were orphaned as a result of the genocide.
“He desperately needs assistance with their food and education, and you can help,” says Shelley Bacon.

December 28th

Government woes affect local hospitals?

December 28, 2011

Despite government funding issues, Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chewelah is not slated for closure, according to Providence Mount Carmel and Providence St. Joseph’s CEO, Bob Campbell.
After an article explaining how state and federal funding affects “critical access” hospitals appeared in the Spokesman-Review last week, Campbell says he received numerous phone calls from a concerned public that Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital was going to shutter its doors.

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