January 25th, 2012
Colville High boys face difficult week
The Colville High boyâs basketball team, coming off big wins over Newport and Riverside, face their finalâand most importantâweek of Northeast A League play this week.
On Tuesday, the Indians (5-2, 10-7), in a three-way tie for first place, were at one of the toughest gyms in the NEA (Lakeside). Colville, with a home win over the Eagles earlier this month, will likely be the underdog this time around against LHS (3-4, 8-9).
So it goes in the wild NEA, where protecting the home court is paramount and stealing a road win here and there the goal.
Indians one game back of Freeman
Providing they can escape a difficult environment at Nine Mile Falls and Lakeside (5-2, 10-7) on Tuesday night, the Colville High girls (6-1, 12-5) will face two-time defending State 1A champion Freeman (7-0, 17-0) Friday at home for a share of the Northeast A League championship.
In picking up wins last week over Newport, Riverside and Post Falls, the Indians played some of their best basketball of the season to date.
Northport High boyâs basketball coach Erik Stark will tell you that his team isnât as good as its gaudy 15-2 record.
âWe arenât that good,â says Stark, who figured that this would be a building year after losing some key players off the Mustangsâ State 1B team of last winter. âAt least we arenât as good as our record. But we are starting to do some things that good teams do.â
Motorists and Colville residents will see a change in their travel plans this coming spring when the City of Colville begins the 3rd Avenue project in an effort to increase the efficiency of truck traffic from Highway 20 to the truck route on Railroad Avenue. âThis will help to provide an efficient flow of truck traffic to the mill (Vaagen Brothers Lumber) and Colmac Coil,â explained City of Colville Municipal Services Administrator, Eric Durpos.
With the 3rd Avenue Project in the works (see accompanying story in this weekâs S-E), it would seem that the City of Colville has its plate full, as it also prepares to send the Elm Street Project out to bid at the end of the month. The Elm Street Project consists of reconstructing Elm Street from Dominion Avenue all the way to 1st Avenue, encompassing approximately 2,000 feet of street, according to City of Colville Municipal Services Administrator Eric Durpos.
The House of Music on Colvilleâs Main Street has survived and thrived for over 30 years, and thatâs no small feat for any small town business in this day and age.
âOur strength has always been in quality and customer service,â says owner Ryke Dahlen, who bought the business from Gene and Margaret Graham with his father, Ivar Dahlen, in 1978.
The House of Music currently consists of three main departments, including a full-line music store featuring acoustic and electric instruments from Yamaha, Fender and Ibanez (to name a few).
Following a public meeting that announced how Stevens County law enforcement is planning to respond to wolf kills, the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has offered to help train local deputies on recognizing wolf depredation.
The offer was made after a county plan was vocalized to provide response and investigation of wolf complaints in the county, much like the current system in Wallowa County, Oregon.
Newport, Riverside up next for Colville
In as close to a must-win situation as a team could get at this juncture of the season, Colville High dug out a 53-45 win at Chewelah last Friday night in front of a packed house in the so-called 395 Showdown rivalry game.
Sophomore post Matt Hubbard led the Indians (8-8, 3-2) with 24 points and 19 rebounds (two off the school record). Senior post Alex Pond added 12 points and 16 rebounds.
Indians down Chewelah
It was a good week to be a Colville High wrestler last week.
The Indians demolished visiting Chewelah in a Northeast A League dual meet last Wednesday night, 54-24, and finished second in last Friday and Saturdayâs 15th annual River City Duals at Post Falls High School.
Host Post Falls beat Colville High 68-16 in the championship dual of the Gold Division.
The tournament featured 24 teams.
Dale K. Fortune, a 58-year resident of Kettle Falls, passed away on Dec. 29, 2011 at the age of 84. He was born Sept. 7, 1927 in Cheyenne, Wyoming and graduated from high school in Lewistown, Montana in 1945.
He married Shirley Hill on April 9, 1948. Together they raised four boys near Kettle Falls.
Dale worked for the Department of Natural Resources and later as a building contractor until retiring in 1988, after which he managed their timber land.