February 20th, 2014
The sentence for an11-year-old former Fort Colville School student
implicated in a murder plot at the southeast Colville school last winter has been effectively cut in half. The youngster, incarcerated
at Echo Glen, a juvenile detention facility at Snoqualmie, is not named
in this story because he is
a juvenile. He was in the Stevens County courtroom of Judge Allen Nielson
last Thursday where the decision was made, at the recommendation of Stevens County prosecutors and defense attorneys, to
Most 10-year-olds arenâ€™t thinking about hooking up a team of sled dogs and hopping
on the back end of a sled for a ride through the snow-covered woods in the dead of a Northwest winter. Usually, itâ€™s video games or playing some sport that involves the use of a ball.
Lane Esvelt isnâ€™t any 10-year-old.
Sure, Lane likes playing football and baseball. He shoots trap. But what the fifth-grader at Kettle Falls Middle School really gets excited about is hanging
with and running his dogs.
No, thatâ€™s not a bowl of oatmeal in the morning.
Colville High captured the 2A regional wrestling tournament last Saturday
at West Valley High School, holding off Central
Washington Athletic Conference champion Othello, 173.5 to 171.5. Colville qualified seven wrestlers for this weekâ€™s Mat Classic state championships
at the Tacoma Dome: regional champions
Ryley Smith and Ian Cox, Jesse Morrison, Ben Knight, Tyler Ward, Trenton
Welton and TJ Baun.
Maxine Mae Pitts was born to Harry and Ivy Rodenbough in a small farmhouse in Cedonia on Oct. 29, 1923. She grew up with her three brothers, Maynard, Elton and Hugh and her two sisters, Epal and Lois. She attended the Cedonia Church and graduated from Columbia High School in 1941.
After graduation, Maxine and her sister, Lois, met best friends Gregg Pitts and Jim Peters of Rice. In March 1942, both couples were married in Seattle.
Unlike last yearâ€™s District 7 2A Wrestling Tournament, where Colville High won by the slimmest of margins, the Indians won last weekâ€™s District 7 2A championship at East Valley High School by a comfortable margin over the host Knights and perennial State 2A power Deer Park.
The Indians advance 17 of their 21 District wrestlers to the regional tournament at West Valley.
Itâ€™s cold outside, but the news that Avista will be raising its gas and electrical rates over the next 11 months probably doesnâ€™t do much to warm the hearts of customers.
According to Avista Corp. spokeswoman Debbie Simock, the utility company wants to raise power and natural gas rates in Washington next winÂ¬ter, including a large increase in the basic charge for each service.
Avista serves more than 241,000 electric and nearly 152,000 gas customers in Washington.
According to Simock, the major drive in the rate request is more spending on capital projects.
Aaron Gabriel Huff, a lifetime resident of Stevens County, passed away on Jan. 24, 2014 at the age of 32 in Chewelah. He was born Nov. 8, 1981 to Mike and Elaine Huff in Colville. He attended Colville schools and graduated in 2000. He also received his AA degree from SpoÂ¬kane Community College and was currently employed by Hewes Craft in Colville.
Aaron was born the 10th of 12 children. He was full of life and enjoyed being part of a large family. He had a great love for his family and enjoyed spending time with them. Aaron had a deep passion for music and it showed in the songs he wrote.
Christopher J. Clash, a resident of Spokane, passed away on Jan. 23, 2014 in Spokane at the age of 50. Chris was born on Sept. 30, 1963 in New Jersey, the son of C. Henry and Jean V. Clash.
Douglas Franz, a longtime resident of Colville, passed away on Jan. 26, 2014 in Spokane at the age of 67. Doug was born Jan. 22, 1947 in Colville, the son of Warren Harding and Ethel Irene (McCleary) Franz.
Doug was raised in Kettle Falls, where he attended school. In 1965, he graduated from Kettle Falls High School and then enÂ¬listed in the U.S. Air Force. Doug served for three years, four months and two days and was honorably discharged on May 29, 1969.