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November 11th, 2011

Reflections from the front: One man's service in World War II

November 11, 2011

Editor’s note: Angus Merrill, 88, is a former Colville resident with some strong ties to the Colville valley (he is related to Colville’s well-known Merrill clan).
The longtime Big Sandy, MT resident has fond memories of his early years in the Colville valley.
Born in St. Maries, Idaho in 1923, Merrill remembered living in Colville as a youngster and later in the China Creek and Bossburg areas.
Married to the former Ruth Rutledge, a life-long Montana girl, Angus moved to Big Sandy in 1947 where he worked as a farmer on the expansive Rutledge family ranch.

November 9th

Latest voting results

November 9, 2011

Did you flex your voting muscle during the Nov. 8th General Election? Go to http://vote.wa.gov/results/current/stevens/ to see the latest results on what measures were approved (or not) and who is re-elected or coming into office for the first time!

November 8th

Kitten rescued from library drop box

November 8, 2011

Anyone who reads the news knows it isn’t always the good tidings that make the headlines. Occasionally though, a story with a sorrowful storyline turns into one with a happy ending. Such is the case with Mushu the kitten.
Last Saturday, the Colville Police Department received a call that a kitten had been put into one of the drop boxes meant for returned items out front of the Colville Public Library.
“Someone was returning a book when they heard meowing coming from the box,” says Colville Police Chief Bob Meshishnek. “Someone had dropped a kitten in there and left it.”

November 5th

Kettle Falls, Colville to honor veterans

November 6, 2011

There are ample opportunities to honor our country’s veterans this week as Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, draws closer.
Veterans Day is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on Nov. 11. It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world and falls on Nov. 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I.

November 2nd

What our Facebook friends said

November 2, 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. Here’s what they had to say:
"If they’re 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

November 1st

Our artists: Handmade from the heart

November 1, 2011

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. 

I’ve 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.

October 31st

Winter artisans' market wants you

October 31, 2011

For those lamenting the end of the farmer’s market season, do not despair. The North Country Artisans’ Market (NCAM) is picking up where the Northeast Washington and Colville Farmers’ 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 Wednesday’s market was relatively small, event organizer Sonia Christen says the event is still new and will hopefully grown as word spreads.

October 27th

The new ‘Dawg’ in town

October 27, 2011

Don “Duck’ 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.

October 26th

‘A wolf in sheep’s clothing’

October 26, 2011

Washington state voters will experience déjà 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.

Facing foreclosure? New law could help

October 26, 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.
“I don’t know how it (act) has impacted local homeowners yet because it’s a relatively new law,” says Tammy Ringer of the Northeast Washington Association of REALTORS®. “But hopefully, people in our area will begin to utilize it once they learn of the available resources it provides.”

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