August 20th, 2014
Thereâ€™s a new celebration coming to Kettle Falls on Saturday, Sept. 13. This is a fall event to be held at Happy Dell Park. It has been named â€śFestival of Neighborsâ€ť in hopes of bringing together not only our local citizens, but also our neighboring communities as well. A new group of volunteers with great new ideas and plenty of enthusiasm are organizing it. Kettle Falls Mayor Dorothy Slagle stated, â€śWeâ€™re working with our Chamber of Commerce to create an event that celebrates our area and brings more awareness to our history and all we have to offer here.â€ť
Sonia Sue Thornburg, a longtime resident of Kettle Falls, passed away on August 5, 2014 at the age of 62. She was born on August 4, 1952 in Colville to Melvin and Clara (Cooper) Thornburg.
Phyllis Carol (Kisamore) Hyatt, a 54-year resident of Stevens County, passed away in Colville, WA on Aug. 5, 2014, at the age of 79. She was born March 29, 1935 in Kinsman, OH, the third of four children born to Byron and Pansy (Farance) Kisamore.
Patricia Ann Chambers, age 79, passed away in Spokane on August 6, 2014. She was born on January 26, 1935, the daughter of Eldon and Dorothy (Baker) Strawn in Denver, CO. At the age of nine, the family relocated from Denver to Yakima. Patricia attended and graduated from the Auburn Academy in Auburn.
In 1948, Patricia met LeRoy Dale Chambers in Yakima, and the couple married Jan. 30, 1954. Together they raised three children, Gregory, Karen, and Valerie. The family lived in Yakima until 1977, and then relocated to the Kettle Falls area where they have resided since.
Mae O. Redelings, age 95, passed away on July 18, 2014 in Tacoma. She was born the daughter of Rupert Peter and Genevieve Ann (Blackburn) Olsen in Brigham City, UT. Mae was one of eight children in her family.
Jordan Lee Wagner came into this world on June 3, 2014, welcomed by his proud parents, Justin Lee Wagner, Starla Bowman and big brother, Brady. You left us peacefully in your sleep and gently went home into the arms of the Lord on July 13, 2014.
In your short life, you touched the hearts of all those that knew how precious you were. You stayed just long enough to meet everyone who loved you from coast to coast. Baby JorÂ¬dan, you have brought so much happiness to our family; words canÂ¬not express how much youâ€™ll always be loved and missed!
Dennis William Sweeney, born to Donald and Leathley "Lee" (White) Sweeney in Seattle on Sept. 22, 1941, the second of two children, passed away in Vancouver July 27, 2014, after a valiant struggle with Multiple Sclerosis.
Dennis graduated from West Seattle High School in 1959. He joined the U.S. Army and served in Germany as a CommuniÂ¬cations SpeÂ¬cialist and Morse Code operator. He left the army in 1962 to enter the University of Washington, where he was awarded a BS in Architecture in 1967. He then went to the University of London and earned a Masters in Architecture in 1971.
Northeast Washington is losing a local talent when he moves to Austin, Texas this summer.
All I will say is that they better appreciate Chet O'Keefe.
A young Stevens County moose, orphaned at just a few days of age when its mother was killed when she was hit by a vehicle, has been put in the caring hands of Licensed Fish & Wildlife Rehabilitator Karen Odle, near Chewelah.
Monty the orphaned moose received a minor neck injury in the accident that killed his mother and was brought to Odle and her Many Gates to the Heart Rescue/Rehab Ranch.