Philip Francis Black, at the age of 83, quietly drew his last breath at 8 a.m. on Jan. 3, and is now in a better place. While we love and miss him, we are thankful for the perfect will of the Lord. He became a Christian at a young age, and lived a full and productive life. Phil is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patricia Ann (Wallace) Black; by seven children, 25 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and his older brother, Paul, of Walla Walla. His children now reside in Arkansas, California, Nevada and Washington.
Harold L. Oliveira, â€śHalâ€ť passed away on Tuesday, Dec.22, 2011 at the age of 71.
He was born on March 21, 1940, the son of Jacintho and Helena (Phillips) Oliveira in Hilo, Hawaii.
Harold, a 24-year resident of Colville, is survived by his wife Betty Jean of 52 years, at the home; two daughters, Jenny and Shirleen; grandsons John and Jason Biscarro; and soon would have been a great-grandfather. Harold is also survived by his brothers, Rogers and Robert Allan Oliveira.
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory was entrusted with the arrangements.
Eugene Ray Lantzy passed away peacefully at his home in Chewelah on Jan. 5, 2012 at the age of 89. Eugene was one of six children born to the late John and Clara (Denison) Lantzy.
Eugene was born on June 3, 1922 in St. Maries, Idaho and shortly thereafter relocated to Miles. In 1929, Eugene's family relocated to a farm on the Columbia River near Hunters, where he attended school at Fruitland and completed high school at Hunters.
Tonasket next for Bulldogs on Saturday
Kettle Falls High junior Tyler Vining led the KFHS wrestling contingent at last Saturdayâ€™s Riverside Classic with a championship at 195 pounds.
Kettleâ€™s Garrett Anderson finished second at 106 pounds; Kyle Hyde, fourth at 132, and fifth place went to Dan Kearney (152) and Jacob Walsh (138).
â€śThe wrestling was intense,â€ť KFHS head coach Joe Kerns said of his teamâ€™s showing at Riverside. â€śThe matches Dan (Kearney) lost were by one point and in overtime.â€ť
Cougars face Riverside, Colville this week
The Chewelah boyâ€™s basketÂball team opened Northeast A League play with a pair of wins last week in three games.
The wins earned the hot CouÂgars a spot atop what promises to be a wild league race.
Back on Jan. 3, the Cougars opened up NEA play at Freeman (7-6, 2-1). Chewelah came out a bit flat and dropped a 62-46 deÂcision.
Chewelah was unable unable to get much goÂing in the first half against an aggressive, physical Scottiesâ€™ team.
The Chewelah girls lost their first three games of Northeast A League season last week, but the biggest blow of all was losÂing starting guard Brittney Wuesthoff for the reÂmainder of the season to a torn meniscus in her left knee.
â€śItâ€™s a tough way to start the league season,â€ť said head coach Tom Skok.
Coach Skok feels that the Cougars are taking the loss in stride and dealing with the abÂsence of a key player as well as they can.
â€śIt makes things tough, she was our leading scorer at the time,â€ť Skok said. â€śBut weâ€™re battling to get through it.â€ť
First place in NEA on the line at Freeman
Colville High girlsâ€™ basketball co-head coaches Al Bushnell and Ray Clark have conceded all along this season that the Indiansâ€™ mix of veteran talent and youth has been an ongoing work in progress.
Well, that work in progress has progressed nicely after early returns around the Northeast A League last week.
The annual Panorama (Colville) Pro-West Rodeo is changing its dates from FaÂtherâ€™s Day weekend to FriÂday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23.
According to Panorama RoÂdeo Association Board (PRA) member Wyatt Cowley, the change comes in part because this year is a leap year, causÂing this yearâ€™s rodeo to share the same calendar space with events in Oregon and SouthÂern Washington and the NaÂtional College Rodeo Finals in Casper, Wyoming.
That could mean a drop in the number of cowboys who might otherÂwise compete in Colvilleâ€™s Pro-West RoÂdeo stop.
The Institute for Extended Learning Colville center, also known as the Colville Community College, will be offering non-credit classes this winter on a variety of skill-boosting topics from computer literacy and rug making to Japanese and gardening.
The classes offered during Jan., Feb. and March are mostly on night and weekends and range from $11 to $70, depending on the subject and the length of the class. The Colville IEL is a branch of the Community Colleges of Spokane and offers regular credit classes during the day along with its non-credit offerings.
The Washington State Legislature convened yesterday, Jan. 9, for a short 60-day session where they will attempt to make up a roughly $2 billion deficit in the state budget. The regular session convened just weeks after the closure of a "special session" that aimed to outline budget cuts and adjustments prior to the regular Legislative session.