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June 17th, 2013

Two killed in truck crash on Orin Rice Road

June 17, 2013

Stevens County Sheriff ‘s Department Deputies and EMTs responded to a vehicle fatality on Orin Rice Road last Sunday morning, according to Sheriff Kendle Allen.
Around 4:45 a.m., a passerby noticed a 2007 Dodge truck lying on its side near Wonch Road and called 911. First responders discovered the truck’s occupants, driver Ron Holland, 52, passenger Wade Holland, 35, and passenger Kasey Dallman, 32. Both Ron and Wade Holland, who were uncle and nephew, were declared dead at the scene.

June 15th

Brown Boyz Island BBQ catches fire

June 15, 2013

Emergency responders were called to a structure fire at Brown Boyz Island BBQ in Colville last Saturday afternoon.
Colville Fire Chief Joe Hirsch said the fire started around 3 p.m. The Colville Volunteer Fire Department responded with nine firefighters, two fire engines, a ladder truck and one support vehicle.
Hirsch said there were three employees inside the restau¬rant at the time of the fire, but everyone made it out safely and no injuries were re¬ported.

June 13th

‘This is Colville’s biggest project’: public to meet on storm water utility

June 13, 2013

So, what’s more dire than the need to fix Colville’s streets, straighten out the issue of diagonal parking, or pass an ordinance concerning the feeding of wildlife in the ‘Ville’s neighborhoods?
According to Eric Durpos, Municipal Services Administrator for the City of Colville, it’s how to fund the repairs for the city’s long-suffering storm water infrastructure. Durpos says the city has been searching for funding strategies, applying for grants, and cutting back on costs while updating an aging storm water system that is in critical need of repair.

June 12th

Newport case forwarded to Attorney General

June 12, 2013

The Stevens County Sheriff’s Office has completed its sexual misconduct investigation of Colville police Officer Rex Newport and has turned the case over to prosecutors.
Wednesday morning, Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen said he has formally requested that the state Office of Attorney General handle charging decisions and any potential prosecution of the Colville officer.
Newport, who has worked for Colville police for about 15 years, was placed on administrative leave in March.

June 11th

Cement truck hits car in Colville

June 11, 2013

Colville police, firefighters and Stevens County Ambulance EMTs responded to a vehicle collision around noon on Tuesday, June 11 when a cement truck rear-ended a car on 3rd Avenue and Cedar Street. One of the car's occupants was transported to Providence Mount Carmel Hospital and later released. Two other vehicle occupants were treated for minor injuries at the scene. The driver of the cement truck was not injured.

June 6th

Designs by Debbie: Now for something completely different

June 6, 2013

When it comes to the artistry of floral arrangements, Debbie Therrian is kind of a big deal. Not that she acts as such, but Therrian's talents have taken her from Nevada to California, where she reigned at floral shows with her unique, expressive arrangements and was even honored as a top designer when she was 19-years-old.

June 5th

Wildlife in town: To feed or not to feed?

June 5, 2013

What started off as a perceived deer problem within the city of Colville had some council members figuratively scratching their heads in confusion as they debated an ordinance that would make feeding wildlife, including waterfowl, illegal within city limits.

May 30th

An anomaly in progress: Metal artist E.C. Brown

May 30, 2013

Ephraim Brown, 35, is a conceptual, metal and assemblage artist from the Pacific Northwest. He utilizes mostly recycled materials, found objects and scrap metal for his creations, thus giving a "trash into treasure", or "beauty found within the garbage" quality to his work. The tools he uses range from a dollar-store paint brush to an oxyacetylene torch.

May 29th

Responding to a need: Senior housing project breaks ground

May 29, 2013

It’s been just over a decade since the original “seed” of an idea, but the dream of affordable housing for Colville’s seniors is a large step closer to reality. Eric Ohrtman and Jeff Whitten of the Hudesman House Apartments (HHA) Board of Directors announced at Tuesday’s Chamber of Commerce meeting that the project on Colville’s north side recently broke ground.

May 23rd

A place we call home

May 23, 2013

Editor’s note: The following story from Colville High School senior Brogan Bateman is part of her Senior Project requirement for graduation. Her story, titled The Place We Call Home, chronicles her life in a small town in Northeast Washington.

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