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October 12th, 2011

Colville Hatchery closed for good?

October 12, 2011

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.

Chewelah passes ORV ordinance

October 12, 2011

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. “We are hoping to draw more recreationists to our town that can ride around and stop in at our restaurants and gas stations,” Bauman said.

October 5th

‘To keep a civilized society’

October 5, 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 “keep a civilized society.”
“There are a few basic services that keep us a civilized society, like road maintenance, law enforcement and courts,” said Friedman.

Have a fall event for the paper?

October 5, 2011

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 publisher@statesmanexaminer.com or Sophia Aldous at sophia@statesmanexaminer.com.
Check out our list of things to do and upcoming events:

October 3rd

Not a simple parking job

October 3, 2011

The issue of diagonal parking has yet to find a permanent spot on the city’s 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 Tuesday’s council meeting.
Since Colville’s 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.

September 28th

CEO cites forest service policy for Stimson closure

September 28, 2011

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 “a real shame.”
“While it is regrettable that the mill is closing, the real tragedy is what has happened on the Colville National Forest in recent years,” said Miller. “Our closure is the natural result of Forest Service policy.”
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.

September 22nd

State wants local nature preserve

September 22, 2011

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 “unique features” 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.

September 14th

Riding in remembrance

September 14, 2011

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.

Giving peace a chance

September 14, 2011

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 school’s 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.

City of Kettle Falls watching where it walks

September 14, 2011

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.

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