June 20th, 2013
John Neville Bell was born on June 13, 1947 in Ephrata and passed away on May 29 in Spokane, WA. John was the second of three sons and two daughters born to Frank A. Bell, who returned to Ephrata after serving in the Merchant Marine following WW II to become a successful businessman and prominent member of the community, and Sadie Bell, both of whom are deceased. John shared his fatherâ€™s love of the outdoors becoming an expert hunter and fisherman devoting much of his life to the pursuit of his passion for nature.
Gladys I. Harsin passed away June 4, 2013 at Providence Mount Carmel Hospital in Colville at the age of 96. Gladys was born at the family homestead in Banner County Nebraska on Jan. 17, 1917 to Thomas W. G. and Eula (Cronn) Cox.
Jim was born on January 14th, 1951 to his parents, James H. Horgdal and Iris Corrienne Mills Horgdal in Centralia, and passed away on June 17, 2013 in Billings, MT. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Colville, where he spent most of his childhood with his older sister, Shari, and his younger sister, Neila.
He married Jane Thompson, his first wife, in 1968 and she soon gave birth to his first son, Michael Shane. A daughter, Teena Marie, followed.
Later, he and Jane divorced.
Several years ago, Michelle Chingâ€™s college experience wasnâ€™t that different from milÂ¬lions of other young adults across the country---the 2008 Colville graduate was trying to pay her own way by working nights as a cocktail waitress while attending school full-time. She also took occasional work as a lifeguard at a water park on Oahu, studying fashion design during the day at University of Hawaii.
But the long nights began to take their toll on Chingâ€™s studies, and most importantly, her health.
Archers fired arrows and clay pigeons were blasted from the sky during the annual 4-H Shooting Sports Jamboree June 13 at the Republic Gun Club shotgun and rifle ranges. More than 40 youth participated in the round-robin event, developing their marksmanship with shotguns, air rifles and pistols, and bows and arrows.
Three additional stations were added to this yearâ€™s event, featuring safety and hunter education in a â€˜Jeopardyâ€™ game show format, a 4-H hunting lesson, and a Challenge activity to reinforce gun range safety and etiquette.
Eleven teams competed in the annual Wildland Firefighters Scramble Golf Tournament at Dominion Meadows Golf Course earlier this month. This yearâ€™s tournament, which raises funds for the Wildland Firefightersâ€™ Foundation, raised a record $3,800.
One of the tournamentâ€™s organizers, Al Garr, said that a team that had finished last in last summerâ€™s tournament returned and took home top honors with a net 52.
The last place team from this yearâ€™s tournament won a free group lesson from DM PGA pro, Andy Hite.
Stevens County Sheriff â€˜s Department Deputies and EMTs responded to a vehicle fatality on Orin Rice Road last Sunday morning, according to Sheriff Kendle Allen.
Around 4:45 a.m., a passerby noticed a 2007 Dodge truck lying on its side near Wonch Road and called 911. First responders discovered the truckâ€™s occupants, driver Ron Holland, 52, passenger Wade Holland, 35, and passenger Kasey Dallman, 32. Both Ron and Wade Holland, who were uncle and nephew, were declared dead at the scene.
Emergency responders were called to a structure fire at Brown Boyz Island BBQ in Colville last Saturday afternoon.
Colville Fire Chief Joe Hirsch said the fire started around 3 p.m. The Colville Volunteer Fire Department responded with nine firefighters, two fire engines, a ladder truck and one support vehicle.
Hirsch said there were three employees inside the restauÂ¬rant at the time of the fire, but everyone made it out safely and no injuries were reÂ¬ported.
So, whatâ€™s more dire than the need to fix Colvilleâ€™s streets, straighten out the issue of diagonal parking, or pass an ordinance concerning the feeding of wildlife in the â€˜Villeâ€™s neighborhoods?
According to Eric Durpos, Municipal Services Administrator for the City of Colville, itâ€™s how to fund the repairs for the cityâ€™s long-suffering storm water infrastructure. Durpos says the city has been searching for funding strategies, applying for grants, and cutting back on costs while updating an aging storm water system that is in critical need of repair.
The Stevens County Sheriffâ€™s Office has completed its sexual misconduct investigation of Colville police Officer Rex Newport and has turned the case over to prosecutors.
Wednesday morning, Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen said he has formally requested that the state Office of Attorney General handle charging decisions and any potential prosecution of the Colville officer.
Newport, who has worked for Colville police for about 15 years, was placed on administrative leave in March.