July 27th, 2011
CHEWELAHâ€”Megan Rusher is â€śfighting like a girlâ€ť to beat a rare cancer of the sinuses in Chewelah. The 15-year-old Jenkins High School student was diagnosed in March and has been receiving chemotherapy treatments every two to three weeks in Spokane. With her positive outlook and fighting spirit, the teenagerâ€™s tumor has decreased in size, according to family members. The next step in her treatment is radiation, which may require Megan to go out of state.
Community members from Deer Park to Colville lined Highway 395 last Saturday afternoon as law enforcement, firemen and military personnel escorted the body of Staff Sergeant Wyatt Goldsmith, 28, to Danekas Funeral Chapel. Goldsmith was killed while serving in the United States Army on his third deployment to Afghanistan. He was flown by the military from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to Deer Park Airport, then driven to Colville, where area residents waited to pay their respects. Many stood along the streets with American flags, hands covering hearts, or silently watching the procession.
An area of Stevens County with some serious mining history is in the forefront again with the impending opening of the old Flagstaff Mine.
The open face barite mine, located some five miles from Northport, has been purchased by Kent Exploration Inc. and, according to company officials, should begin production within the next week. The mine re-opening will create at least 14 jobs, officials say, and maybe more.
Evelyn June â€śJudyâ€ť McDonald was born on June 13, 1924 in Bremerton and passed away peacefully after and long battle with Alzheimerâ€™s and Dementia on April 24 in Poulsbo. She was the daughter of Robert and Mabel Carter and the loving wife of S.P. â€śMacâ€ť McDonald.
She was a resident of the Orient/Colville areas from 1953-2003.
Mac and Junie (as her family knew her) moved to Orient to raise cattle and alfalfa.
They were very proud of being named Stevens County Cattlemen of the year in 1960. Prior to 1953, she and Mac owned and operated the White Pig and Blue Goose Taverns in Bremerton.
It may be late July, but Colville valley residents were awakened early last Friday morning to the sounds and sights of a hailstorm. According to the National Weather Service, thunderstorms moved across northeast Washington and the northeast mountains on Friday morning. Around Colville environs, that thunderstorm precipitation came in the form of heavy hail.
For the first time in the history of the Tiger Triathlon, the race from the Little Pend Oreille Lakes to Colville High School and the Rotary Trail has a female overall winner. Spokaneâ€™s Haley Cooper-Scott was the overall winner of the 2011 Tiger Triathlon. The Spokane triathlete finished in an overall time of 1:47:40. The 31-year-old was second fastest on the 24-mile bike race from Gillette Lake to Colville High School (56:33) and the quickest on her swim to bicycle transition time (1:33).
Jack Daniels Conger â€śJDâ€ť passed away on July 10, 2011 at the age of 31. He was born on October 17, 1979 in Lake County Oregon. He enjoyed martial arts, anything to with the outdoors, and was an avid rock hound. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his children. He was a devoted father, constantly seeking self-improvement and greater enlightenment.
He is survived by his children, Nikia and Forest Gabriel, their mother Sarah Sagle, sister Jordana Conger, and brothers Josh and Trent Gabriel.
Benjamin David Reeves was born on Dec. 6, 1977 to Ronald Reeves and Gwen (Grosboll) Reeves in Walla Walla. When Ben was less than a year old, his family moved to Kennewick. Ben and his family stayed in the Tri-Cities area until Ben was 14 years-old when they moved to Derby, Kansas, where they stayed until Ben was 21. At that time, the Reeves family moved to Rice. Ben stayed in the Northeast Washington area for the remainder of his life, except for a one-year stint in Michigan in 2003/2004. Ben attended Country Haven Academy in Pasco for his elementary years.
Gordon Thomas Nelson passed away peacefully on July 12, 2011 in Colville. He was 80-years- old. Gordon was born on April 27, 1931, the son of John G. and Bentena Uglem Nelson. He was born at the family farm near Lake Preston, South Dakota.
Gordon was the grandson of Norwegian immigrants who homesteaded in South Dakota. He attended Whitewood Township District No. 7 elementary school, a one-room school-house.
John Arthur Doppenberg, a longtime resident of Stevens County, passed away on June 29, 2011 in Spokane at the age of 34. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee on Oct. 8, 1976, the son of Gary and Karen (Driskill) Doppenberg.
John attended school in both Orient and Kettle Falls. John enjoyed life and loved spending time outdoors. He loved listening to music and playing his harmonica. John was a free spirit and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.