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August 20th, 2011

Let's go to the fair

August 20, 2011

It’s that time of year again, so be sure to check out the Northeast Washington Fair Thursday, Aug. 25 through Sunday, Aug. 28 at the Northeast Washington Fairgrounds in Colville.
According to NE WA Fair Manager Lori Matlock, there are over 785 participants in this year’s fair, not counting food and craft vendors.
“This year, we are at about 5,500 exhibits and climbing,” says Matlock. “That’s great news because it means the fair is alive and well and parent are keeping their kids in this grass-roots type of education.”

August 17th

Orient School set for $5.9 million remodel

August 17, 2011

Orient School is gearing up for a $5.9 million remodel that will update the 100-year-old building by installing new heating and cooling systems, providing compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, improving fire safety in the historic building, constructing a covered play area and updating classrooms and offices.

Airport destined for ballot

August 17, 2011

The airport relocation project loomed over the goings-on at Colville City Council last week and Monday evening as council members debated whether or not to authorize an advisory vote for the Nov. 8 general election. The advisory vote revolves around whether or not the City of Colville should proceed with the process to relocate and expand the municipal airport.

August 15th

No, it wasn't a helicopter crash

August 15, 2011

Crews battled steep terrain, gusty winds and heavy timber on the Rogers Mountain fire last Thursday on the Colville National Forest (CNF).
Localized thunderstorms created wind gusts and aggressive fire behavior Thursday afternoon on the fire line, pushing the Rogers Mountain fire to 90 acres.
“We know it was human caused,” said CNF spokesman Franklin Pemberton. “But the exact cause is still under investigation.”
Pemberton quelled rumors that the fire was caused by a helicopter crash last Tuesday.

August 10th

Booth to get mental evaluation

August 10, 2011

Eric Lee Booth, charged with the murder of Gordon R. Feist of Smart Way Road, Colville, could plead not guilty by reason of insanity after undergoing a mental evalua¬tion at Eastern State Hospital.
At Booth’s arraignment last Tuesday, his defense attorney, Paul Wasson, requested that his client be taken to Eastern State Hospital for a professional assessment of his mental state. Wasson said that while it was uncertain that Booth, 26, would enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, Wasson still made the request for the evaluation to preserve that option.

August 3rd

Arden Bridge to be replaced

August 3, 2011

The Stevens County Commissioners recently secured a $650,000 state grant for replacement of the Arden Bridge. The grant was obtained from the Washington State County Road Administration Board on July 28 from the board’s Rural Arterial Trust Account. The account is a portion of the state fuel tax that is set aside for emergency projects.
The grant money will be used to fund replacement of the existing structure, which suffered an undermining of its foundation from flood waters earlier this spring.

August 1st

Seniors look to city

August 1, 2011

Members of the Colville Community Senior Center (CCSC) attended last Tuesday’s city council meeting to request that the city set aside $500 a month for the new adult community center, The Hub. Construction on the center, which will be located on Wynne Street, is expected to start in 2012.

July 26th

Paying their respects

July 26, 2011

Community members from Deer Park to Colville lined Highway 395 last Saturday afternoon as law enforcement, firemen and military personnel escorted the body of Staff Sergeant Wyatt Goldsmith, 28, to Danekas Funeral Chapel. Goldsmith was killed while serving in the United States Army on his third deployment to Afghanistan. He was flown by the military from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to Deer Park Airport, then driven to Colville, where area residents waited to pay their respects. Many stood along the streets with American flags, hands covering hearts, or silently watching the procession.

Flagstaff Mine back in business

July 26, 2011

An area of Stevens County with some serious mining history is in the forefront again with the impending opening of the old Flagstaff Mine.
The open face barite mine, located some five miles from Northport, has been purchased by Kent Exploration Inc. and, according to company officials, should begin production within the next week. The mine re-opening will create at least 14 jobs, officials say, and maybe more.

July 22nd

Hail to Colville

July 22, 2011

It may be late July, but Colville valley residents were awakened early last Friday morning to the sounds and sights of a hailstorm. According to the National Weather Service, thunderstorms moved across northeast Washington and the northeast mountains on Friday morning. Around Colville environs, that thunderstorm precipitation came in the form of heavy hail.

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