Edward N. Gilson, 68, passed away, Dec.22, 2011 in Colville. He was born in Chewelah on Dec. 13, 1943, the son of Maynard and Lillian (Staff) Gilson.
Edward was raised and attended school in Chewelah. He graduated from Jenkins High School in 1962 and in January of 1963 decided to serve his country by joining the United States Navy.
Our dear sweet mother, Dorothy Barrett, passed away on Dec. 18, 2011 at the age of 95. She was born Nov. 19, 1916 in Douglas.. In 1933, she graduated from Waterville High School, and in June 1935, she graduated from Morse Beauty School in Spokane.
Despite government funding issues, Providence St. Josephâ€™s Hospital in Chewelah is not slated for closure, according to Providence Mount Carmel and Providence St. Josephâ€™s CEO, Bob Campbell.
After an article explaining how state and federal funding affects â€ścritical accessâ€ť hospitals appeared in the Spokesman-Review last week, Campbell says he received numerous phone calls from a concerned public that Providence St. Josephâ€™s Hospital was going to shutter its doors.
Colville High senior middle linebacker Alex Pond has been named to the 2011 Associated Press Washington All-State football team (Class 1A).
The teams (4A, 3A, 2A, 1A, 2B, 1B) are annually voted on by writers and editors from around the state.
Pond, named in the fall as the Northeast A League Co-Most Valuable Player on Defense, helped lead the Indians to a second straight Northeast A League championship. Colville finished 6-5 and made the state 1A playoffs.
Colville Junior High School captured the District Middle School wrestling championship last Tuesday at Colville High School.
The Warriors, who crowned five district champions, edged Lakeside for the team title.
Riverside and Deer Park finished third and fourth. Kettle Falls, with only seven wrestlers in the meet, finished fifth.
After dominating Chewelah, Kettle Falls and Northwest Christian at home during the regular season, CJHS lost a close dual to Lakeside, 36-37.
Colville High School cross-country standout Kevin Carpenter finished 34th in the boyâ€™s intermediate division of last Saturdayâ€™s 2011 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross-Country Championships at Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Carpenter, who helped lead the CHS cross-country team of Dean Fischer to its second straight Class 1A runner-up finish last month in Pasco, turned in a time of 16:33.04 over the flat, fast Whispering Pines Golf Course track, located a half-mile from the Atlantic Ocean.
A tip-in with three seconds left by 6-9 sophomore post Matt Hubbard lifted Colville High (4-3) to a wild 52-50 win over visiting Lakeland last Thursday night.
On Friday at Medical Lake, the Indians were outscored 16-4 in the second quarter and dropped a 48-32 decision to the Cardinals of the Great Northern League.
Back on Dec. 12, Colville used a big second half to rout visiting Wellpinit, 60-33.
Colville was at Okanogan (5-2) on Tuesday in a non-league game against the Caribou-Trail League club. The Pioneers are led by 6-6 senior post Joe Townsend.
Kettle Falls High picked up its first win of the season last week, downing visiting Springdale 36-30 behind Serena Poundsâ€™ eight points and six rebounds.
Taylor Smith led Springdale with 13 points.
On Friday in the Palouse, KFHS trailed 30-8 at halftime at Colfax on the way to a 54-16 loss.
Hannah Harazin led Colfax (3-1, 3-0) with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Amelie Bruya added 11 points.
On Saturday, Kettle Falls dropped a 44-37 Bi-County League decision to visiting St. Georgeâ€™s (2-3, 2-0).
Josie Stanard led Kettle Falls with 12 points.
Alex Wert led St. Geo with 14 points.
The Chewelah Cougars girlâ€™s basketball team dropped three games before their ten-day holiÂday break, losing games to ReÂpublic and Medical Lake at home and falling to Northwest Christian on the road.
In a home game against Republic, a strong first quarter put CheweÂlah out in front, but a better second quarter put Republic up by a score of 23-19 at the end of the first half. In the second half, the Cougars managed to tie the game at 31 on the strength of their pressure defense, but the Tigers pulled away with a couple of late baskets that Chewelah couldnâ€™t answer in a 40-36 loss.
Call this a good news/bad news (or potentially) story line for the Northeast Washington Fair. The good news is that the fair has received grant funding that will help make some necessary repairs/upgrades to facilities. The bad news is the black hole that is the Washington state budget and how some potential draconian cuts could impact fairs like the popular four-day event on the Northeast Washington Fairgrounds each August. The Northeast Washington Fair has received a pair of grants from the Washington State Agriculture Fairs division for 2012.