October 8th, 2013
The Washington State Patrol is reminding both the public and other law enforcement agencies that the AMBER Alert system is in full operation despite the shutdown of the federal government.
âWeâre hearing of incorrect reports on both mainstream and social media about the status of the AMBER Alert System,â said Carri Gordon, AMBER Alert Coordinator for the Washington State Patrol. âThe system is in full operation, and ready to help recover an abducted child.â
Ina Irene King, a 48-year resident of Rice, passed away on Sept. 23, 2013 at the age of 91 in Colville. Ina was born on July 10, 1922 in Alamo, NV, the daughter of Joseph and Edna Irene (Cutler) Cox.
Ina was raised and attended school in Alamo. There she graduated from high school in 1941. She then moved to Salt Lake City to attend Heneger Business School. While attending business school, she met James âJimâ King. On July 15, 1942 Ina and Jim were wed in Alamo. She continued and completed her education at Heneger through correspondence.
Colville police officer Rex Newport, a 15-year veteran of the Colville Police Department, was charged with seven criminal counts, including four felonies involving alleged sexual encounters with women while in uniform that date back to 2011, according to documents filed in Stevens County Superior Court Friday afternoon.
"Our office did file charges (against Newport) today," said Stevens County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Rasmussen. "The prosecution will be handled by by the Washington State Attorney General's Office."
The Federal Government will be closed as current funding expired on September 30, 2013. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is very much aware that any lapse in appropriations imposes hardships on those we serve. Due to this event, the Little Pend Oreille and Inland Northwest National Wildlife Refuge Complex offices and refuges will be closed to the public.
Community members gathered along the highway outside of the National Park Service (NPS) ranger station in Kettle Falls last Wednesday, and in front of the Stevens County Courthouse Friday morning to protest the agencyâs handling of a noise compliant that turned violent at the Kettle River Campground on Sept. 14.
Itâs not every day that a local school gets credence from a national magazine regarding its teaching model. Thatâs exactly what happened, though, when Kettle Falls Elementary School (KFES) was praised for its Expeditionary Learning (EL) program in the upcoming October issue of Parents magazine, an American mass circulation monthly magazine that features scientific information on child development geared to help parents in raising their children. The magazine sells an average of 1000,000 copies per month.
Last week there were two jury trials in District Court. One trial was a DUI and the other was Burning without a Permit.
The second annual Juvenile Diabetes Walk is ready for a reÂŹpeat of last year, except bigger and better. The event, which takes place adjacent to the Kettle Falls Swimming Pool, raises money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (J DRF). The walk will be held Sunday, Sept. 29 with check-in at noon and the walk starting at 1 p.m.
âLast year was awesome,â praises event chair Amy Miller. âI was thrilled at how the community turned out for the event. We had people of all ages, families, singles, old, youngâit was great to see how much people care.â
in NEA opener
BY CHRIS COWBROUGH
S-E Sports Editor
Host Tonasket was able to make an early 13-0 lead stand up against Kettle Falls in a 13-7 non-league win in Okanogan County last Friday night.
For KFHS, the offense is still a work in progress. But head coach Curtis Corvino liked what he saw in the second half against Tonasket.
âI thought we kind of had Tonasket on their heels at the end,â Kettle Falls head coach Curtis Corvino said of a spirited second half effort. âWe just didnât have enough time.â
up next on Friday
In one of the most lopsided outcomes in the annual Highway 395 cross-the-valley rivalry between Colville and Chewelah, the Indians pushed down the throttle and never let up on Friday the 13th, blasting host Chewelah 42-0.
After one of the poorest rushing performances in the recent history of the program one week earlier against unbeaten Freeman, the Indians cranked up their normally dependable ground game against a Chewelah team that lost 17 seniors from last seasonâs Northeast A League championship bunch.