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July 13th, 2011
Travis Bonnett is a man of practicality. Itâ€™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, thatâ€™s right. After watching a â€śhow toâ€ť video on Youtube, Bonnett thought, â€śWhy not me?â€ť 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.
â€śMy friends were skeptical at first,â€ť Bonnett says. â€śBut honestly, it wasnâ€™t very hard to do.â€ť
Shrinking availability of state and federal grants means that Stevens County likely wonâ€™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 countyâ€™s new Six-Year Transportation plan.
Whitbread said this approach is an effort to be fiscally prudent until grant monies again become available.
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.
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Birthdays certainly arenâ€™t uncommon occurrences at Buena Vista Nursing Home in Colville, but last Wednesdayâ€™s celebration was far from routine.
Surrounded by friends, neighbors, social workers, nursing home staff and representatives from the Stevens County Sheriffâ€™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 â€śthe oldest woman in Washington State,â€ť made jokes about her age.
â€śIâ€™ve never been over 105 in my whole life,â€ť she laughed.
Guess what time it is? If that guess were itâ€™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 yearâ€™s Relay.
â€śI think thatâ€™s the most weâ€™ve ever had,â€ť says Morrison. â€śItâ€™s a wonderful turnout.â€™
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 Paulâ€™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."
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 legislatureâ€™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.
CBP Spokane Sector Border Patrol agents arrested two drug smugglers and seized approximately 159 pounds of the â€śdesignerâ€ť drug Ecstasy on Friday near Colville.
â€śThis 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,â€ť explained Spokane Border Patrol Sector Chief, Gloria Chavez.
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 Sheriffâ€™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.
Meet your Rodeo Parade Marshals, Marvin and Joan Carter. The Colville couple are long-standing members of the Colville Panorama Rodeo Association and will preside over parade ceremonies at the Pro-West Rodeo this Father's Day weekend. The parade starts at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 18 down Colville's Main Street.
Check out the 6-15-2011 of the Statesman-Examiner to get the complete story on the Carters.