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October 26th, 2011
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.
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.
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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.