Itâ€™s hard to find other travelers with more stamps in their passport than Michelle Lee.
As a member of the Colville Rotary Club, Lee has traveled extensively throughout Asia, Europe and Africa in efforts to raise awareness about polio and proper vaccination andclean water projects. Her latest journey to Ethiopia was no different.
â€śLast year, there were 200 cases of polio in the horn of Africa,â€ť said Lee in a presentation to fellow Rotarians last Wednesday. â€śThough the campaign to end polio has been successful, we have to stay diligent and get to outbreaks as soon as possible. â€ś
Authorities have recovered the body of Susan Yager, 51, a Tacoma woman who is thought to have drowned in Loon Lake over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Yager was staying at a cabin on the lake and witnesses reported seeing her in a canoe before her disappearance. Family members and co-workers became concerned when she did not return home, and contacted law enforcement for a welfare check.
Colville Police responded to a call of â€śshots firedâ€ť on E. 3rd Avenue at about noon on Thursday. Upon arrival on scene, police found spent shotgun casings and learned that an individual or individuals had fired rounds into the radiator of a parked late model black car, according to the Colville Police report. The late model Dodge Charger with Oregon plates was reportedly occupied at the time of the shooting incident. According to witnesses, a vehicle described only as â€śwhiteâ€ť left the scene of the shooting.
Michael Edward Hamilton passed away in Colville on Dec. 1, 2013. He was born on Dec. 18, 1942 in Spokane, the son of George and Naomi (Rowland) Hamilton. Mike grew up and attended school in Spokane. After graduating from Rogers High School in 1961, Mike moved to Seattle and went to work at Boeing.
Mike married Joann Bacon in 1962; together they shared 21 years of marriage and had two sons, John and Joe.
Susan Margaretta Wilhoit, a longtime resident of Colville, passed away on Dec. 3, 2013 in Spokane at the age of 67. She was born to James and Betty (Smith) Wilhoit in Santa Monica, CA. Susan moved to Colville in 1971.
Geraldine â€śGerryâ€ť L. Rainer, (1930 â€“ 2013) passed peacefully at her home on Dec. 3, 2013 with family members at her side. Gerry was born on April 18, 1930 in Colville, the daughter of Grant Edward and Josie Celeste (Hauge) Amblie.
She was raised in Addy and attended school in Chewelah. Gerry graduated from Chewelah High School in 1947. She began working at Seattle First National Bank in Colville when she was 17.
On Jan. 19, 1949, she married Otto H. Rainer of Chewelah. Geraldine and Otto shared a blessed marriage and friendship of 64 years.
Donnel â€śDonâ€ť Waldo McKern, a longtime resident of Rice, passed away on Nov. 18, 2013 in Colville.. Don was born on Jan. 2, 1945 in Colville, the son of Morse and Blanche (Felts) McKern.
Don was raised in Rice and graduated from Kettle Falls High School in 1963. After graduation, he attended Washington State University for two years. Don then transferred to Wenatchee Valley College, where he studied for one year until he enlisted with the United States Air Force. He served his country until 1971, when he was honorably discharged.
Alloma Dell Ransbottom, age 65, passed away in Spokane on Nov. 29, 2013. She was born on Oct. 30, 1948, the daughter of Donald and Irene (Fritz) Billedeaux in Longview.
Alloma grew up and attended school in Battleground. After graduating from high school, she lived and worked in the Vancouver area until relocating to Kettle Falls in 1972 when she started working at Boise Cascade.
Sarah Haney (pictured) is the winner of the 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree art contest. The 16-year-old Panorama Alternative School student won the grand prize and the $1,000 that goes with it. She also collected $200 as the Youth category winner. The contest was co-sponsored by The U.S. Forest Service and the non-profit Choose Outdoors from Colorado. The art contest was open to all residents of the home state where this yearâ€™s Capitol Christmas Tree was provided (the 88-foot Engelmann Spruce came from the Colville National Forest in Pend Oreille County).
Contrary to popular belief, Santa Clausâ€™s elves can most likely be found at the Carpenterâ€™s Union Hall No. 1136 in Kettle Falls, as opposed to the icy climbs of the North Pole. Judy Davis and her small, but loyal group of volunteers are back at it again, resurrecting Operation Santa (OS) for the Christmas season.
Operation Santa is a non-profit group that collects and accepts donations of new and gently used toys, clothing, household items and other wares, then sets up shop in the union hall in December to distribute items to area famiÂ¬lies in need of a merry Christmas.