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November 12th, 2012
It was a cloudy, wet day outside as a group of students piled into two vans parked in back of Colville High School. Earlier last Friday, the schoolâ€™s gymnasium was the site of the annual Veterans Day Assembly, where students, staff, and community members gathered to honor those who have served in the U.S. military. Flowers, American flags, patriotic songs and applauding marked the occasion.
Patricia â€śPatâ€ť Abbott looks out the window of her home on Corbett Creek Road. The mist outside hangs low on the hills that surround the cluster of houses that dot this rural thoroughfare, Deer make the rounds from yard to yard, starting with the weather- worn grass in Abbottâ€™s expansive yard.
â€śItâ€™s not what I would call your typical coffee clutch neighborhood,â€ť Abbott says. â€śPeople will help you if you need help, but for the most part, weâ€™re all pretty independent.â€ť
It occasionally happens to almost every farmer and gardener. Sometimes they plant more than they need, or more than they can use. And as the harvest season ebbs toward winter, fields or plots can still be garnished with crops that just havenâ€™t got around to being picked.
But instead of allowing the produce to just wither on the vine, this is where the Northeast Washington Gleaners Club comes in.
Just because the weather is getting colder, doesn't mean gardening has to be over. That's where Good 2 Gro Hydroponics comes in. Owned and operated by Steve Michaliszyn, the business caters to those with green thumbs or amateur gardening enthusiasts. Growing lights, organic soil, microbes, planting bins---whatever is needed to get vegetation sprouting, it's here.
"So far I think I am getting a huge amount of enthusiasm for the customers that are finding me," says Michaliszyn. "A lot of people are excited not to have to drive 70 miles to Spokane to find what they need."
School lunches are shrinking in public schools across the nation due to regulations enforced by the Healthy, Hungry-Free Kids Act of 2010.
The new regulations require more fruits and vegetables, but for the first time they also mandate a calorie count for lunch. (The new calorie count for K-5 is 550 to 650, the calorie count for grades 6-8 is 600 to 700, and the calorie count for grades 9-12 is 750 to 850.)
Several members of the Stevens County Cattlemenâ€™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.
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.
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.
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 construcÂ¬tion timetables needed to be pushed up.
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 â€śWedgeâ€ť wolf pack they say has become â€śhabituatedâ€ť to eating cattle.
According to the Stevens County Cattlemenâ€™s Association, the Diamond M has experienced at least 18 wolf attacks on their herd since June, with 10 dead and eight injured calves.