July 8th, 2015
Firefighters continue to work on the 231 Fire (Rail Canyon Road) which has burned 930 acres since it started last weekend.
The fire, which claimed several buildings including a home, is thought to be human caused. According to Department of Natural Resources, the exact cause is still under investigation.
As off Tuesday, July 7, the fire was at 40-percent containment. Crews have constructed a fire line around the perimeter. Authorities say smoke will continue to be visible for some time as crews extinguish heat pockets within the perimeter.
NEWS FROM THE FIRELINE: Yesterday crews finished up with the majority of mop-up and rehabilitation work on the fire. The majority of the firefighters assigned to the fire will be demobilized this morning. Today at 2:00 PM the type 3 incident management team will transfer fire command back to the local jurisdiction. A small contingent of firefighters will remain on the scene throughout the weekend to patrol and maintain the fire perimeter.
Local law enforcement is asking anyone with information regarding a Monday morning robbery on Orin Rice Road to contact the Stevens County Sheriffâ€™s Office.
According to Sheriff Kendle Allen, an armed robbery occurred at the Panorama Mobile Home Park off Orin Rice Road around 2 a.m. Monday, July 6. Two suspects, thought to be men, broke into the home of a couple that manages the mobile home park. Both of the suspects wore masks, and one allegedly had a firearm.
Allen said the couple was not injured during the robbery.
The Freeze, an Oklahoma softball team composed of 4 and 5-year-olds, is gaining national attention for playing ball in their Elsa gowns.
A new halfway house for men recovering from drug and alcohol addiction is opening its doors in Colville. Located across from Providence Mount Carmel Hospital on Columbia Street, the house was purchased by Barry and Shelley Bacon. The couple is renting the house to Oxford House, Inc.
"There's nothing like it that I know of in the Tri-County area," said Dr. Barry Bacon, who volunteers to work with drug addicts in the Stevens County jail. "It's a chance to try and help people and save the taxpayers' money."
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Last winterâ€™s relative heat wave was a blessing for Romlyn Conn, 63, a homeless resident of Colville. Conn is easy to spot: her ducks faithfully waddle alongside her and her well-behaved dog, Harvey. She fondly regards her little family as her â€śtraveling petting zoo.â€ť Conn figures she walks around six miles a day, passing the time until she finds a spot to spend the night. After 33 years with her former roommate, it was a decidedly unfriendly parting that launched Conn on her current path of being homeless.
State at Yakima
Top-seeded Darby Fox captured the 1A/B East Region tennis tournament at Mead High School last Friday and heads to the State 1A Tournament at the Yakima Tennis Club Friday and Saturday as the top seed.
The Colville High standout, the 2015 Northeast A League Most Valuable Player, was the lone singles player from the NEA to advance out of the regional. The other three state singles qualifiers came from Class B.
â€śDarby had a near perfect tournament,â€ť her coach, Phil Johnson, said of Foxâ€™s dominating play at Mead.
After surviving a scare against Northeast A League rival Deer Park to advance out of the District 7 baseball tournament, Colville Highâ€™s (17-4) run at the 1A East Regional at Dan White Field Eastmont/Wenatchee last Saturday proved to be short-lived.
Cashmere, the best Class 1A baseball team in Washington for the past six years, simply had too many weapons in a 12-3 win over Colville Saturday in the regional first round.