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.
Jack O. Schwager, beloved husband, dad, granddad, brother and uncle, passed away in Colville on Nov. 25, 2013 at the age of 89.
Jack was born in Spirit Lake, Idaho, Feb. 29, 1924 to Jack Sr. and Sadie Schwager.
His early years were spent in the Malo/Curlew area. The family then moved to the Blue Creek area in 1940. Jack graduated from Jenkins High School (Chewelah) in 1941.
He entered the U.S. Army in 1944, serving in the European Theater during WWII.
Dennis Lee Williams, 63, of Kettle Falls, Â died Nov. 21, 2013 from a stroke in Spokane
Dennis was born on Dec. 4, 1949 in Russellville, Arkansas to Donald Lee and Loretta Mae Williams, who preceded him in death.
Surviving him is his brother, Jack Williams, Bigfork, MT; sister CherylÂ Gerdrum, Great Falls, MT, and ex-wife, Marie Williams, Colville.
A viewing was held Dec. 2 at Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Home in Kalispell, MT. A graveside service followed that afternoon at the Bigfork Community Cemetery, Bigfork, MT.Â
He is loved and will be missed greatly.
Billie June (Sherie) Johnson, age 86, a long-time resident of Northport, passed away on October 27, 2013 of a stroke at Buena Vista Assisted Living in Colville. Â Sherie was born on August 11, 1927 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Â Sheri traveled to many places during her young life.Â As an adult, she spent many years in Alaska fishing and living off of the land.Â She had many adventures there and many good friends and relatives.
Julie Lynn Entwistle, age 53, passed away on Nov. 25, 2013 surrounded by her family. She was born on May 18, 1960, the daughter of Arnie and Liz (Warner) Bocker, in Bellevue.
In 1966, the family relocated from Bellevue to Addy and bought a farm.
Donald C. Mahaffey a 17-year resident of Kettle Falls, graduated to be with his Lord and Savior peacefully in Spokane on Oct. 20, 2013, five days before his 71st birthday. He was born Oct. 25, 1942 in Aberdeen to James and Kay (Compton) MaÂ¬haffey.
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Smoke blankets the house on 3rd Avenue in Colville as the Colville Fire Department Fire District No. 3 firefighters take their positions around the structure.
Neah Bay runs
The Cusick Panthersâ€™ (8-3, 5-2) season came to an end on a frigid Friday night at Silverdale against the Neah Bay Red Devils (10-0, 5-0), 80-28.
The Panthers jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, but a bad couple of minutes early in the second quarter started a Neah Bay rally that didnâ€™t stop until the Red Devils had run into the B-8 semifinals.
Cusick head coach Sonny Finley knew his Panthers had run up against a buzz saw and an eight-man powerhouse.
William â€śBillâ€ť P. McKinney, age 68, a 13-year resident of Curlew, passed away on Nov. 11, 2013 at his daughterâ€™s home in Colville after a courageous battle with cancer. Bill was born on Nov. 9, 1945 in El Dorado, KS, the son of Lawrence George and Rose Guida (McKinney) Anderson.
Bill began his education in El Dorado, and then moved with his family to Dallas, TX, where he attended Thomas Jefferson High School. He received his diploma from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1965 and then attended Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, CA.