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October 5th, 2011
The Stevens County Commissioners will be asking voters for a sales tax increase this fall to fund one of the county services that Commissioner Malcolm Friedman said helps âkeep a civilized society.â
âThere are a few basic services that keep us a civilized society, like road maintenance, law enforcement and courts,â said Friedman.
As the weather gets colder and the days shorter, people start to look for activities to bring them together and take their minds off the impending winter snow. Have an event you would like to see publicized? Perhaps a harvest or Halloween party? Get in touch with the Statesman-Examiner and let us know! Email Chris Cowbrough at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sophia Aldous at email@example.com.
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The issue of diagonal parking has yet to find a permanent spot on the cityâs project roster as Colville City Council members contested what some saw as increasing costs to attempts to convert Main Street away from parallel parking at last Tuesdayâs council meeting.
Since Colvilleâs Main Street is actually federal Highway 395 and managed by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), some council members felt that the procedures WSDOT required the city to go through to re-instate diagonal parking were too costly.
Within the next three months, the Stimson Lumber mill at Arden will close due to a combination of economic factors and federal policies that CEO Andrew Miller said are âa real shame.â
âWhile it is regrettable that the mill is closing, the real tragedy is what has happened on the Colville National Forest in recent years,â said Miller. âOur closure is the natural result of Forest Service policy.â
The Stimson Lumber operation currently employs 67 people in the area who will be out of work when the mill closes this winter, likely within 30 to 100 days, Miller said.
A proposal by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources would take over 700 acres of school trust lands near Northport off the books and transfer the acreage to a nature preserve program in order to protect what the department calls âunique featuresâ in the area.
The proposed Trombetta Canyon Natural Area Preserve (NAP) would encompass 1,060 acres
of timberland just southeast of Northport, of which 760 acres is currently state trust land.
Around 300 acres of the proposed area is currently in private ownership.
Onlookers watched silently as motorcycles and classic cars rode through the south end roundabout in Colville for the 9/11 Memorial ride last Saturday. American Legion Riders and other area organizations and individuals joined together to ride from Colville to Deer Park and back again on the 10th anniversary of those who died in the Sept. 11. 2001 terrorist attacks.
Colville High School sophomore Chance Musselman secures a pinwheel into the ground last Friday as part of a 9/11 memorial project. Students made pinwheels and formed a peace sign out of them on the schoolâs lawn as a tribute to those who died 10 years ago in the terrorist attacks. CHS teachers Tracey Delyea, Ty Brown and Vicky Broden organized the project. According to Delyea, the pinwheels will be left up for 10 days, through Sept. 21, which is International World Peace Day.
The Kettle Falls City Council recently accepted a bid to help the city move forward with its efforts to install more sidewalks in and around the municipality as part of a revitalization project.
The $208,781 bid from Bauman Brothers was accepted at the Sept. 6 meeting for the two block sidewalk project that will create sidewalk and storm-water drainage from Juniper to Meyer Street.
Colville Public Library staff and volunteers experienced a mad scramble late last month when the task of replacing the sub-flooring was added to the buildingâs renovation project. While new tile carpet was being installed, workers discovered that the flooring underneath was structurally compromised, which meant that books, computers, shelves, and all furniture had to be moved out so just less than 5,000 feet of flooring could be replaced.
But with determination and lots of helping hands, the library was able to reopen Sept. 6 after being closed to the public since August 20.
Itâs customary for the S-E to check in with the Colville Food and Resource Center during near the beginning of fall, as the holiday season peaks over the horizon. This year, fall was too far away, according to CFRC Director Frani Roberts.
âUsually, I wait until the end of September, but I have to get the word out now,â says Roberts, motioning to the scant, nearly bare shelves in the food bank. âWeâre hurting and we need all the help we can get.â