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October 11th, 2013

Empowering our veterans: Job day helps with transition

October 11, 2013

A local Ferry County-based company is spearheading an online event to bring career experts from around the country with former military personnel who have successfully transitioned to the civilian workforce -- together providing critical tools, advice, and insights for newly transitioning veterans.
These experts and vets are part of the sixth annual Job Action Day, which takes place Monday, Nov. 4. The virtual event is hosted by Quintessential Careers, one of the most comprehensive career sites on the Web.

October 10th

16-year-old carves niche on the track

October 10, 2013

Tiana Berkeley knows what she wants and her apparently quiet, but steadfast persistence gets her just that. So when she asked her parents to let her try her hand at stock car racing two years ago, she wasn’t prepared to take no for an answer.
“I just figured she would get out there, get dirty and not enjoy it, because it’s pretty rough,” says her mother, Holly Berkeley. “But when she got out there (on the track) she was enjoying it so much, and to see her big smile when she got out of the car…she loves it. I’ve never seen her so passionate about anything else.”

October 8th

Amber Alerts still in full operation, despite shutdown

October 8, 2013

The Washington State Patrol is reminding both the public and other law enforcement agencies that the AMBER Alert system is in full operation despite the shutdown of the federal government.

“We’re hearing of incorrect reports on both mainstream and social media about the status of the AMBER Alert System,” said Carri Gordon, AMBER Alert Coordinator for the Washington State Patrol. “The system is in full operation, and ready to help recover an abducted child.”

October 4th

Colville police officer faces felony charges

October 4, 2013

Colville police officer Rex Newport, a 15-year veteran of the Colville Police Department, was charged with seven criminal counts, including four felonies involving alleged sexual encounters with women while in uniform that date back to 2011, according to documents filed in Stevens County Superior Court Friday afternoon.
"Our office did file charges (against Newport) today," said Stevens County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Rasmussen. "The prosecution will be handled by by the Washington State Attorney General's Office."

October 1st

Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge Closed Due to Federal Shutdown

October 1, 2013

The Federal Government will be closed as current funding expired on September 30, 2013. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is very much aware that any lapse in appropriations imposes hardships on those we serve. Due to this event, the Little Pend Oreille and Inland Northwest National Wildlife Refuge Complex offices and refuges will be closed to the public.

September 27th

Park Service doesn't confirm or deny names of rangers in shooting

September 27, 2013

Community members gathered along the highway outside of the National Park Service (NPS) ranger station in Kettle Falls last Wednesday, and in front of the Stevens County Courthouse Friday morning to protest the agency’s handling of a noise compliant that turned violent at the Kettle River Campground on Sept. 14.

September 25th

Kettle Falls EL program gets props from Parents

September 25, 2013

It’s not every day that a local school gets credence from a national magazine regarding its teaching model. That’s exactly what happened, though, when Kettle Falls Elementary School (KFES) was praised for its Expeditionary Learning (EL) program in the upcoming October issue of Parents magazine, an American mass circulation monthly magazine that features scientific information on child development geared to help parents in raising their children. The magazine sells an average of 1000,000 copies per month.

September 24th

Prosecutor's Corner: DUI's and illegal burning

September 24, 2013

Last week there were two jury trials in District Court. One trial was a DUI and the other was Burning without a Permit.

September 23rd

Annual DIabetes Walk in Kettle Falls is Sunday

September 23, 2013

The second annual Juvenile Diabetes Walk is ready for a re¬peat of last year, except bigger and better. The event, which takes place adjacent to the Kettle Falls Swimming Pool, raises money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (J DRF). The walk will be held Sunday, Sept. 29 with check-in at noon and the walk starting at 1 p.m.
“Last year was awesome,” praises event chair Amy Miller. “I was thrilled at how the community turned out for the event. We had people of all ages, families, singles, old, young—it was great to see how much people care.”

September 16th

WSP investigates shooting at Kettle River Campground

September 16, 2013

A shooting at Kettle River Campground in Ferry County left one man injured with a gunshot wound and another man in jail, according to Washington State Patrol Detective Ryan Spangler. According to Spangler, the shooting happened when two National Park Service Rangers went to investigate a noise complaint around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. The incident reportedly happened when two rangers responded to the complaint and they attempted to gain access to a houseboat moored at the campground. An altercation ensued with the houseboat owner Mike Sublie.

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