June 20th, 2011
Local historians and community residents alike celebrated the bicentennial of iconic fur trader David Thompson and his journey down the Columbia River last Saturday at the old Saint Paulâ€™s Mission/Kettle Falls Historic Center. More than 100 canoeists, mostly Canadian, paddled 50-foot voyageur canoes along the route surveyed by Thompson, who made the trip from Canada to Astoria, Oregon by canoe in 12 days in the early 1800s. Over his career he mapped over 3.9 million square kilometers of North America and has been described by historians as the "greatest land geographer who ever lived."
Local school districts are making adjustments to staff contracts and salaries now that the Washington State legislature finally passed the state budget for the next two years. The eleventh-hour move on the last day of the legislatureâ€™s special session on May 25 set out $4 million in cuts, including reductions to public education funding that local districts are now trying to sort out.
CBP Spokane Sector Border Patrol agents arrested two drug smugglers and seized approximately 159 pounds of the â€śdesignerâ€ť drug Ecstasy on Friday near Colville.
â€śThis narcotics interdiction and seizure was a result of good coordinated tactical planning and utilization of advanced detection & surveillance technology used by Border Patrol agents in the field,â€ť explained Spokane Border Patrol Sector Chief, Gloria Chavez.
Two dogs suspected of killing and/or injuring around 100 domesticated animals in south Stevens County were shot and killed by property owners last weekend, according to the Stevens County Sheriffâ€™s Office.
The dogs were part of a marauding pack of at least three canines of unknown breeding that were roaming the Bittrich Antler, Scotts Valley Road and Casberg Burroughs Road areas, as well as the 6800 to 7200 block of Highway 291.
Meet your Rodeo Parade Marshals, Marvin and Joan Carter. The Colville couple are long-standing members of the Colville Panorama Rodeo Association and will preside over parade ceremonies at the Pro-West Rodeo this Father's Day weekend. The parade starts at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 18 down Colville's Main Street.
Check out the 6-15-2011 of the Statesman-Examiner to get the complete story on the Carters.
Support local culture by supporting local artists at the third annual Art in the Park celebration, Saturday, June 25 at Happy Dell Park in Kettle Falls, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
â€śOur goal is just to showcase area artists,â€ť says event co-chair Dort Pritchett, who organizes Art in the Park (AIP) with her husband, Greg. â€śLast year we had about 21 to 26 artists with booths and art for sale. Weâ€™d like even more this year.â€ť
Laura Jean Rose Enquist was a vivacious, 14-year-old young lady who is now resting with Jesus after her canoe overturned in the Kettle River on Wednesday, May 25. She enjoyed canoeing the Kettle River with her family and friends all her life.
Kimberly â€śKimâ€ť Hope Rosen, a 26-year resident of Colville, passed away on May 30, 2011 in Colville at the age of 51. She was born on March 26, 1960 in Arlington to Ralph William and Mona Lou (Thomas) Burke.
Robert R. Scharf, a 16-year resident of Colville, passed away on June 2, 2011 at the age of 68.
He was born Jan. 20, 1943 in Hannibal, MO, the son of Bill and Marie Scharf.
Before moving to Colville, Robert worked at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in California for 20 years. In his spare time, he enjoyed computer programming, metal fabrication, and most of all, working in his machine shop.
Letha Hair (age 76) passed away May 23, 2011 in Colville. She was born Sept. 29, 1934 to Howard and Mabel Matthews in Colville and graduated from high school there in 1954. The seventh of eight children, she was the last to be born at the family home where they farmed at Douglas Falls.
After high school, she moved to Spokane, where she attended business school. She later working at Lakeland Village. Letha moved to Great Falls, MT in 1970, where she worked 30 years for Missouri River Manor. In 2009 she returned home to Colville where she resided until her passing.