September 1st, 2011
Shirley Ilene (Deming) McIrvin was born Feb. 11, 1923 to Frank Aaron Deming and Amy Rose (Anderson) Deming of Bemidji, Minn. In 1932, she moved to Forest Grove, OR, where she graduated high school June, 1941.
On August 24, 1941, she married Robert Chapman McIrvin. Together they had four children: Terry born 1943, Peggy 1947, Jack 1949, and Don in 1951.
Neal A. Graeber, 69, passed away on August 15, 2011. He was born in Colville on June 8, 1942 to Albert and Shirley Graeber.
As a child, he lived in Laurier, attending eight years of school in Orient and four years of school in Kettle Falls. In 1960, Neal enrolled in a welding course at Spokane Community College and also pursued an engineering drafting degree, going to school at nights for four years before finishing.
Neal worked at Carlson Sheet Metal for 14 years, and also became the business representative for Local 212 (Local 66) until his retirement in 1999.
W.C. "Mike" Moore passed away on August 24, 2011 in Bellingham. He was born June 22, 1919 in Seattle, worked and raised his family in Colville and Deer Park.
Mike married Elaine "Joyce" Moore on August 25, 1953. He graduated from the University of Washington, and studied ecoÂ¬nomics for one year in Paris, France.
A Captain in the Army-Air Force during WW II, he was shot down twice, captured the second timeâ€”a POW and an avid pilot throughout his life. His bravery during the war earned him the prestigious Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart.
Mark Friend, a four-year resident of Colville, passed away on August 6, 2011. He was born August 12, 1952 to John and Betty Friend in Barberton, Ohio.
Mark served his country for three years in the Army during the Vietnam War as a door gunner on helicopters. He was a great mechanic, enjoyed working on cars, hunting, and fishing. He also raced motorcycles for a short time. Mark had a passion for music and was part of a band.
Mark is survived by his daughter, Nikki Burbank, Buckley; brother, John Friend, Enumclaw; and by a special friend, Beth Gatewood of Colville.
On first impression, Dr. Barry Bacon is a quiet, unassuming man. He practices medicine at the Northeast Washington Medical Group Clinic in Colville, has been married to his wife, Shelley, for 30 years and even performs in a local band comprised entirely of doctors (often under the moniker The Doctorsâ€™ Concert).
But under this reserved surface is an ambition to help the less fortunate. And for Bacon that means continuing his sojourns to the African continent.
Walking into the Colville Public Libraryâ€™s (CPL) basement is like walking into organized chaos---itâ€™s planned, but thankfully not permanent. Books and furniture are stacked in cluttered, but contained rows. Patrons with an item on hold can come in on the side entrance off of Astor Street to retrieve it, but thereâ€™s no milling about in the books that have taken temporary shelter in the buildingâ€™s lower level.
Last fall was a disappointing inaugural season for Kettle Falls High in their debut into Class B football. The Northeast League, the old Bi-County, was anything but hospitable to the Bulldogs, who finished 2-8 overall.
With a loaded sophomore class (20 players) and a retooled offense, look for KFHS to experience more on-field success this fall.
How that translates into what looks like another rigorous Northeast is anybodyâ€™s guess. Check back in early November.
Columbia-Inchelium, in its second season as a combined Class B-8 football team, should be one of the teams to beat in the Northeast 1B North this fall. The Timberwolves, 7-4 last season after finishing the 2010 campaign with a quarterfinal loss to then second-ranked Cusick, lost significantly to graduation. But there is enough returning talent to pretty much guarantee that Columbia-Inchelium will be a factor in the league race once again. â€śWe have 10 kids who played last season,â€ť said longtime Columbia High head coach and Timberwolves coach, Chuck Wyborney.
The Chewelah Cougars look to push into the top half of Northeast A football this season with many returning players at key positions and retooled offensive and defensive lines.
Last season, the Cougars were hot early, getting off to a fast 5-1 start before losing three straight and then winning their final game of the season.
One of the greenest and least experienced Colville High football team in recent memory will get the 2011 high school football season underway Friday night against traditional opening foe Lakeland. Game time in Colville is 7 p.m.
Lakeland (0-1) is coming off a 46-21 loss last Friday night in Coeur dâ€™ Alene to Idaho power Lake City.