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February 11th, 2014

Avista wants increase in gas, eletrical rates

February 11, 2014

It’s cold outside, but the news that Avista will be raising its gas and electrical rates over the next 11 months probably doesn’t do much to warm the hearts of customers.
According to Avista Corp. spokeswoman Debbie Simock, the utility company wants to raise power and natural gas rates in Washington next win¬ter, including a large increase in the basic charge for each service.
Avista serves more than 241,000 electric and nearly 152,000 gas customers in Washington.
According to Simock, the major drive in the rate request is more spending on capital projects.

February 4th

'We're going to miss this building':McDonald's to be rebuilt

February 4, 2014

It’s a Friday morning and the group of five men, all over 60, meet in a booth near the front door of McDonalds in Colville, watching the comings and goings
at the fast food restaurant and good naturedly ribbing each other and the owner, Dick Bosin.
“Dick has treated us well,” says Ron Tiner. “He’s only locked the door on us once.”
“I was trying to convince
them that we were closed, but they got in anyway, despite my best efforts,” Bosin jokingly retaliates.
The men laugh and take sips from their coffees; an everyday
routine
that McDonald’s has seen almost daily for the past 12 years.

January 29th

Anti-levy vandal(s) tag Panorama Alternative

January 29, 2014

An Anti-levy vandal, or vandals, made their thoughts on the upcoming Maintenance and Operations levy for the Colville School District known when they spray painted the front of the Panorama Alternative School building Wednesday morning. The building is adjacent to the Colville School District office, located at 225 S. Hofstetter, where Colville School District Superintendent Michael Cashion and several other district employees work. The graffiti was written in black spray paint that read, "Vote no on the levy Cashion is a liar."

January 28th

Dances of Universal Peace promotes unity

January 28, 2014

Just looking at Stazya Richman and Myriah Pazereckas, one might not think the two women have much in common: Rich­man is a classically trained vo­calist who sings like a bird and Pazereckas is a counselor with an analytical mind. But one thing the two longtime friends are enthusiastic about is Dances of Universal Peace (DUP), the monthly song and dance movement that takes place in the Colville Public Li­brary.

Auto Vue Drive-In gets new screen

January 28, 2014

The efforts to keep the Auto Vue Drive-In near Colville from going the way of the dinosaur have been rewarded.
According to owner Steve Wisner, he has recently purchased a digital, 65-foot wide movie screen from the now closed Park In Drive-In at Soap Lake.
“This is really exciting, and I want to thank the lady who tipped me off about the screen,” said Wisner last Friday.

January 23rd

Pakootas will run for Congress

January 23, 2014

INCHELIUM—Colville Tribal leader Joe Pakootas has announced that he will make a run at Congress and the seat held by U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Pakootas, CEO of the Colville Tribal Federal Corporation, will run as a Democrat against McMorris Rodgers. Pakootas, 56, says his run is about jobs, economic inequality, health care and education.

January 22nd

Eric Harris found guilty

January 22, 2014

A jury has convicted Colville-area resident Eric Harris of second-degree murder in the shooting death of his younger brother, Larch Harris, last summer.
Eric Harris was arrested shortly after the June 23 shooting that took place at his home in the 400 block of Haller Creek Road, southwest of Colville.
The brothers were arguing over a saddle before the shooting occurred, according to Stevens County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Rasmussen, who prosecuted the case with Deputy Stevens County Prosecuting Attorney, Matt Enzler.

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January 21st

Skiing: A way of life

January 21, 2014

When you think of skiing ,does it usually involve cutting down a spruce, covering the bottom of it with horsehide, then chasing down elk with ropes and spears?
Probably not.
But for the Toha and Kazakh people that live in the Altai Mountains of Northwest China, this is just another winter day, says Nils Larsen, a ski instructor from Curlew who visited the Colville Rotary Club last Wednesday.

January 6th

Our Artists: You can’t force creativity

January 6, 2014

One never knows the talent that could be sitting next to them at the coffee shop, or standing in line at the cash register. Brandi Pinkham is one of those unsung creative types. Owner and operator of Beaded Wing, handcrafted jewelry made only from stones, metals, glass and antiques, Pinkham works part-time as a veterinary assistant when she’s not tapping into artistic impulses and creating unique pieces. The Statesman-Examiner caught up with Pinkham to learn a little bit more about her unique individuality.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

December 27th, 2013

Do holidays produce more dumped dogs?

December 27, 2013

Seeing the joy on your child's face when you surprise them with a dog or cat on Christmas morning is a Kodak moment, but perhaps not a practical one.
According to local animal shelter volunteers and welfare activists, animals given as “gifts” may seem like a good idea, but more often than not, the pets become a responsibility the person(s) aren’t ready for, leaving families with an animal they can't take care of and the difficult decision to give it up.

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