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July 19th, 2011

Colville solider killed in Afghanistan

July 19, 2011

Staff Sergeant Wyatt A. Goldsmith, 28, of Colville, died July 15 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered after enemy forces attacked his unit.
He is survived by his parents, John and Lorie Goldsmith of Colville, and by his sister, Nicole.
Goldsmith was assigned to Company A, 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McChord and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-
Afghanistan.
This was Goldsmith's third deployment in support of Overseas Contingency Operations, according to the U.S. Department of Defense website.

July 13th

On two wheels and a plan

July 13, 2011

Travis Bonnett is a man of practicality. It’s that realism that served as the impetus for the 24-year-old Onion Creek resident to mount an engine on the 26-inch Schwinn bicycle that he bought from Wal-Mart in order to save money on gasoline.
Yes, that’s right. After watching a “how to” video on Youtube, Bonnett thought, “Why not me?” He ordered an engine kit from www.gasbike.net, complete with a half-gallon gas tank, that he installed on the frame of his bike.
“My friends were skeptical at first,” Bonnett says. “But honestly, it wasn’t very hard to do.”

July 7th

'Bacon and Potatoes'

July 7, 2011

Shrinking availability of state and federal grants means that Stevens County likely won’t be taking on any major transportation improvement projects over the next six years, according to Stevens County Public Works Director, Jim Whitbread. Instead, the county will be focusing on maintenance and projects it can do itself, as outlined in the county’s new Six-Year Transportation plan.
Whitbread said this approach is an effort to be fiscally prudent until grant monies again become available.

July 5th

Skate Park pour

July 5, 2011

Greg and Jeremiah Rainer (far left in picture) lead a crew of volunteers in pouring concrete last Thursday at the site of the new skate park in Yep Kanum Park in Colville. Jeremiah Rainer spearheaded the project that is using $15,000 in Spencer Trust fund monies through the City of Colville to construct the concrete slab and refurbish wooden ramps and jumps from the former Weeman Skate Park that was located across Hawthorne Street adjacent to the Colville Junior High School.

June 28th

Kettle Falls woman celebrates 106th birthday

June 28, 2011

Caregiver charged with
criminal mistreatment

Birthdays certainly aren’t uncommon occurrences at Buena Vista Nursing Home in Colville, but last Wednesday’s celebration was far from routine.
Surrounded by friends, neighbors, social workers, nursing home staff and representatives from the Stevens County Sheriff’s Department, Kettle Falls resident Frances Swan turned 106-years-old.
With cake and gifts on hand, Swan, who the media has referred to as “the oldest woman in Washington State,” made jokes about her age.
“I’ve never been over 105 in my whole life,” she laughed.

June 24th

Relay for Life is tonight!

June 24, 2011

Guess what time it is? If that guess were it’s time for the annual Stevens County Relay for Life, it would be correct. The fundraiser is scheduled to start tonight, June 24 and end Saturday, June 25 at the Colville High School track. All proceeds benefit cancer research through the American Cancer Society.
According to SCRFL Event Chair Nikole Morrison, there are 38 teams currently registered to participate in this year’s Relay.
“I think that’s the most we’ve ever had,” says Morrison. “It’s a wonderful turnout.’

June 20th

Take to the lake

June 20, 2011

Local historians and community residents alike celebrated the bicentennial of iconic fur trader David Thompson and his journey down the Columbia River last Saturday at the old Saint Paul’s Mission/Kettle Falls Historic Center. More than 100 canoeists, mostly Canadian, paddled 50-foot voyageur canoes along the route surveyed by Thompson, who made the trip from Canada to Astoria, Oregon by canoe in 12 days in the early 1800s. Over his career he mapped over 3.9 million square kilometers of North America and has been described by historians as the "greatest land geographer who ever lived."

June 16th

How is the state budget affecting your school?

June 16, 2011

Local school districts are making adjustments to staff contracts and salaries now that the Washington State legislature finally passed the state budget for the next two years. The eleventh-hour move on the last day of the legislature’s special session on May 25 set out $4 million in cuts, including reductions to public education funding that local districts are now trying to sort out.

June 14th

Border Patrol busts drug smugglers

June 14, 2011

CBP Spokane Sector Border Patrol agents arrested two drug smugglers and seized approximately 159 pounds of the “designer” drug Ecstasy on Friday near Colville.
“This narcotics interdiction and seizure was a result of good coordinated tactical planning and utilization of advanced detection & surveillance technology used by Border Patrol agents in the field,” explained Spokane Border Patrol Sector Chief, Gloria Chavez.

Has dog pack been stopped?

June 14, 2011

Two dogs suspected of killing and/or injuring around 100 domesticated animals in south Stevens County were shot and killed by property owners last weekend, according to the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office.
The dogs were part of a marauding pack of at least three canines of unknown breeding that were roaming the Bittrich Antler, Scotts Valley Road and Casberg Burroughs Road areas, as well as the 6800 to 7200 block of Highway 291.

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