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November 2nd, 2011
The S-E asked followers of our Facebook page what they think about I-1163 (see accompanying story in this week's S-E) concerning the state requiring more training and extensive background checks for home care aides. Hereâs what they had to say:
"If theyâre going to add more requirements they might want to raise the pay. One can already barely survive working as a home care aide as it is."- Philana Andreason
Deanna Draney is an accomplished local artist and craftswoman from Colville and one of the organizers behind the North Country Artisan's Market (see story in this week's newspaper). She is also the owner of Blue Lotus Stained Glass.
Tell us a bit about yourself. âš
Iâve been living in the Colville area for about 29 years. I met my husband, Kelly, 18 years ago and we are now raising our four kids.
For those lamenting the end of the farmerâs market season, do not despair. The North Country Artisansâ Market (NCAM) is picking up where the Northeast Washington and Colville Farmersâ Markets left off. Vendors, merchants and artisans will be plying their wares inside the November Coalition at 282 West Astor Avenue, Colville every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 21.
Though last Wednesdayâs market was relatively small, event organizer Sonia Christen says the event is still new and will hopefully grown as word spreads.
Don âDuckâ Drake loves where he lives. He has resided in Kettle Falls his whole life and has no plans to leave. As a result of that familiarity, he is well aware of the antics people, specifically young people, can get drawn into when they are feeling the occasional monotony of small town life.
Washington state voters will experience dĂ©jĂ vu when they receive their ballots this year for the Nov. 8 election. Yet another initiative (I-1183) that would privatize liquor sales in Washington is up for debate.
The initiative made headlines last week when Costco Wholesale added another $8.9 million to support the initiative, bringing its total contributions to more than $22 million, according to the state Public Disclosure Commission.
With more than 10,000 Washington State homes in foreclosure in the first half of 2011 and another 76,400 homeowners seriously delinquent on their mortgages, the 2011 Washington Legislature passed the Foreclosure Fairness Act.
âI donât know how it (act) has impacted local homeowners yet because itâs a relatively new law,â says Tammy Ringer of the Northeast Washington Association of REALTORSÂź. âBut hopefully, people in our area will begin to utilize it once they learn of the available resources it provides.â
Habitat for Humanity (HFH-CVP) has started construction on its Victory Park project, a multi-home unit that is being erected on 10 acres behind Colville Wal-Mart Super Center. The unit will consist of eight two-story homes and four garages. Each home will be 1,880 square feet with an attached garage. The main floor space will 1,440 square feet and the second floor 440 square feet.
âWe had hoped to break ground last fall, but we literally got our building permit the first day it snowed,â says Lisa Meddock, HFH-CVP Operations Manager.
The Drug Take Back Day in Chewelah will be Saturday, Oct. 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Akers United Drug to encourage the proper disposal of prescription drugs and educate the community on the epidemic problem of prescription drug abuse. This event will be held in conjunction with the National Drug Take Back Day sponsored by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency).
After three years of funding from the Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT), the Colville Fish Hatchery could be closing once and for all, says Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Regional Fish Program Manager John Whalen.
The facility was slated for closure under 2009 state budget cuts.
The Colville Hatchery annually provides about 409,000 trout and Kokanee salmon fry to support recreational fishing in lakes in Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties.
In a 5 to 2 vote, the Chewelah City Council approved opening city streets to off-road vehicle (ORV) use in a move they hope will help boost tourism and improve recreation opportunities in the community. Chewelah Mayor Clancy Bauman said the city is hoping to increase its appeal to recreationists who use all-terrain vehicles, motorcycles, four-wheel drive vehicles and dune buggies. Snowmobiles are not included in the ORV ordinance. âWe are hoping to draw more recreationists to our town that can ride around and stop in at our restaurants and gas stations,â Bauman said.