September 28th, 2011
John A. Thomas, a longtime resident of Daisy, passed away on Sept. 22, 2011 in Colville at the age of 91. John was born on April 1, 1920 in Colville, the son of Alexis and Frances (Hacker) Thomas.
Dominion Meadows Golf Professional Andy Hite has been named the top merchandiser (public course category) in the Inland Empire PGA section. Hite, an Inland Empire PGA member since 1992, is in his 12th season as PGA professional in Colville and at Dominion Meadows. The honor is accorded annually by a vote of Inland Empire PGA professionals. Hite says he thoroughly enjoys the retail sales aspect of the golf business. His Just Rip It pro shop at Dominion Meadows is annually one of the best stocked anywhere in the region. â€śI enjoy it,â€ť Hite says as he regrips clubs for a DM golfer.
Two teams expected to give Colville High a run for the Northeast A League volleyball title this fall are on the Indiansâ€™ schedule this week. CHS, with NEA wins over Newport and Riverside last week to get the league season underway, will host Lakeside High on Tuesday (6:30 p.m.) and travel to Freeman on Thursday (6:30 p.m.) in key NEA battles. Colville will travel to Chewelah next Tuesday (6:30 p.m. start). Colville is the favorite to win a second straight NEA championship this fall.
Despite managing only 98 yards of total offense, Kettle Falls High found a way to pull out a come-from-behind 13-12 Northeast 2B football win over visiting Davenport last Friday night.
In front of a big Homecoming crowd, the Bulldogs (2-2, 1-1) spotted the Gorillas (1-3, 0-2) an overtime touchdown before getting a two-yard run from Austin Anderson and the game-winning Kyle Dodson PAT kick.
Within the next three months, the Stimson Lumber mill at Arden will close due to a combination of economic factors and federal policies that CEO Andrew Miller said are â€śa real shame.â€ť
â€śWhile it is regrettable that the mill is closing, the real tragedy is what has happened on the Colville National Forest in recent years,â€ť said Miller. â€śOur closure is the natural result of Forest Service policy.â€ť
The Stimson Lumber operation currently employs 67 people in the area who will be out of work when the mill closes this winter, likely within 30 to 100 days, Miller said.
Judith E. Childress, a lifelong resident of Chewelah, passed away August 31, 2011, in Chewelah at the age of 72.
George Robert Oakshott, DVM., a longtime resident of Colville, passed away on Sept.13, 2011 in Colville at the age of 82. George was born on Oct. 26, 1928 in Rosalia, the son of George Haywood and Olive Loreen (Harper) Oakshott.
As a boy, George moved with his family from Rosalia to Newport. After one year in Newport, they relocated to Colville. While in Colville, George attended school and graduated in 1946 as the Class President of Colville High School. He then farmed with his father and distributed fuel for the Standard Oil Company.
David Wayne Morris, of Kettle Falls went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on September 16, 2011, at the age of 86. Wayne passed into glory peacefully at home with his family at his side. Wayne was born on April 30, 1925 at Breckenridge, Texas.
Arthur "Art" Kohlstedt died Sept. 8, 2011 at the age of 83. He was born Feb. 26, 1928 to Marguerite "Marge" and Harold "Koley" Kohlstedt, long-time residents of Colville.
Art loved life and was generous in spirit and a friend to all.
He is survived by his dear brother James E. Kohlstedt and his family (Colville), his friend and ex-wife Myrtle Kohlstedt (Hunters), and three children and their spouses- Rick (Robbin) Kohlstedt of Spokane, Ray (Katie) Kohlstedt of Deer Park, and Pam (Bob) Kohlstedt-Ardis of Duluth, MN, and many loving grandchildren and his best friend, his dog, Blue.
A proposal by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources would take over 700 acres of school trust lands near Northport off the books and transfer the acreage to a nature preserve program in order to protect what the department calls â€śunique featuresâ€ť in the area.
The proposed Trombetta Canyon Natural Area Preserve (NAP) would encompass 1,060 acres
of timberland just southeast of Northport, of which 760 acres is currently state trust land.
Around 300 acres of the proposed area is currently in private ownership.