August 20th, 2011
Itâ€™s that time of year again, so be sure to check out the Northeast Washington Fair Thursday, Aug. 25 through Sunday, Aug. 28 at the Northeast Washington Fairgrounds in Colville.
According to NE WA Fair Manager Lori Matlock, there are over 785 participants in this yearâ€™s fair, not counting food and craft vendors.
â€śThis year, we are at about 5,500 exhibits and climbing,â€ť says Matlock. â€śThatâ€™s great news because it means the fair is alive and well and parent are keeping their kids in this grass-roots type of education.â€ť
Leona Whiteman Kilmer, 101, of Colville, died August 9, 2011. Born in Jasper, New York on august 10, 1909, she was the daughter of Charles and Ella Woodward Whiteman. She obtained a two year Normal School Teaching Degree from Geneseo Normal School in 1932 and a BS in Elementary Education at Geneseo State College in 1958. She enjoyed learning and continued to take classes throughout her life.
Kenneth Morton Eberhard was born October 8, 1922. He passed away August 14, 2011. Ken was born in Boston, MA to Walter and Margaret Eberhard. While attending MIT in Cambridge, MA, he joined the United States Army and proudly served as a Second Lieutenant during WWII. Once the war ended, he returned to MIT and obtained his civil engineering degree in 1947. He then went on to earn his teaching certificate at the University of Washington.
Everett E. Williams passed away August 9, 2011 in Spokane. He was born November 21, 1928 in Darlington, Idaho to Edward and Minnie (Wallace) Williams. He moved often, growing up and therefore attended many schools. He graduated in Deer Park. After high school, Everett joined the Air Force, where he also took college classes. He then became the manager of Sprouse-Reitz stores in the Hillyard and Garland locations of Spokane before moving to Colville to manage the Sprouse-Reitz. In 1978, he and his wife, Marilyn, bought the Fonkâ€™s 5Â˘-$1.00 store and changed it to Fonks Pet and Variety.
Earl John Davenport passed away on August 13, 2011 in Spokane at the age of 82. He was born on August 18, 1928 in Clayton, the son of Leo W. and Olive (Erickson) Davenport.
Earl moved to Colville with his parents as a young child. He attended school at Colville until he joined the Coast Guard at the age of 17. When Earl was discharged from the Coast Guard, he attended Farragut College. He worked for the Forestry Department and the telephone company in Spokane. This is where he met Serena â€śDollyâ€ť (Calvert). They were married in March, 1948.
Last Saturday's state sanctioned Mixed Martial Arts event, Battle at the Brewery at Northern Ales in Kettle Falls, saw 16 refereed bouts between trained amateur fighters. The event was put on by the Unified Combat League (UCL) and sponsored by Fight University Clothing, Eleventh Commandment, Clarkâ€™s All-Sports, Livinâ€™ Guilty and Team Corner Tech.
Orient School is gearing up for a $5.9 million remodel that will update the 100-year-old building by installing new heating and cooling systems, providing compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, improving fire safety in the historic building, constructing a covered play area and updating classrooms and offices.
The airport relocation project loomed over the goings-on at Colville City Council last week and Monday evening as council members debated whether or not to authorize an advisory vote for the Nov. 8 general election. The advisory vote revolves around whether or not the City of Colville should proceed with the process to relocate and expand the municipal airport.
Crews battled steep terrain, gusty winds and heavy timber on the Rogers Mountain fire last Thursday on the Colville National Forest (CNF).
Localized thunderstorms created wind gusts and aggressive fire behavior Thursday afternoon on the fire line, pushing the Rogers Mountain fire to 90 acres.
â€śWe know it was human caused,â€ť said CNF spokesman Franklin Pemberton. â€śBut the exact cause is still under investigation.â€ť
Pemberton quelled rumors that the fire was caused by a helicopter crash last Tuesday.
Eric Lee Booth, charged with the murder of Gordon R. Feist of Smart Way Road, Colville, could plead not guilty by reason of insanity after undergoing a mental evaluaÂ¬tion at Eastern State Hospital.
At Boothâ€™s arraignment last Tuesday, his defense attorney, Paul Wasson, requested that his client be taken to Eastern State Hospital for a professional assessment of his mental state. Wasson said that while it was uncertain that Booth, 26, would enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, Wasson still made the request for the evaluation to preserve that option.