February 11th, 2014
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.
Thelma F. Warwick (Grillo) passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Jan. 20, 2014 from chronic health issues at the age of 73. She was born on Feb. 7, 1940, the eldest of three siblings, to Henry and Elaine Grillo in Tonasket.
Thelma leaves behind her husband of 52 years, Stan; her sons, Rusty Warwick, Spokane; Phil Warwick and his wife, Tina, Kettle Falls; her daughter, Kim Warwick, Spokane, and two grandchildren, Jessica and Justin Warwick.
Clyde Rose was born in the small farming community of Rice on March 20, 1923. He passed away in the home he built on Jan. 19, 2014, in Olympia.
Preceding him in death were all his siblings, his daughter, Mary, and loving wife, Elizabeth.
He is survived by his son, Thomas Rose; three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
William â€śButchâ€ť Jennings of Pensacola, Florida, formerly of Colville, passed away on Nov.11, 2013. Butch was born on June 20,1939 in Colville.
After graduating from high school, Butch joined the U.S. Air Force, where he proudly served in the Vietnam War. Butch retired from the USAF in 1978.
In 2012, Butch returned to Pensacola to be closer to his children.
Butch was preceded in death by the love of his life, Berta Eastman.
Itâ€™s a Friday morning and the group of five men, all over 60, meet in a booth near the front door of McDonalds in Colville, watching the comings and goings
at the fast food restaurant and good naturedly ribbing each other and the owner, Dick Bosin.
â€śDick has treated us well,â€ť says Ron Tiner. â€śHeâ€™s only locked the door on us once.â€ť
â€śI was trying to convince
them that we were closed, but they got in anyway, despite my best efforts,â€ť Bosin jokingly retaliates.
The men laugh and take sips from their coffees; an everyday
that McDonaldâ€™s has seen almost daily for the past 12 years.
Kettle Falls High (4-6, 10-8), currently in fourth place in the Northeast A League girlâ€™s standings heading into the final week of regular season play, will play host to NEA no. 5 in loser-out action next Monday night.
Currently in fifth place in the standings is Medical Lake (3-8, 5-13). Riverside and Chewelah are both 2-8 in NEA play.
The other loser-out game will feature NEA no. 6 at NEA no. 3 (Newport is currently
Freeman (10-0, 14-4) holds a one game lead over second place Lakeside (9-1, 16-2).
The top four teams will advance to Bi-District play against the surviving
Colville High (8-8, 3-5) dropped a pair of Great Northern League boyâ€™s basketball
games last week.
The Indians battled East Valley (14-3, 7-2) on nearly even terms before a pair of late three-pointers by Tanner Jacobs keyed a 57-54 Knightsâ€™ win Friday night in Spokane.
One afternoon later in Colville, the Indians hung with high-flying Clarkston (14-2, 6-2) before the Bantamsâ€™
superior firepower and speed took over and the visitors raced to a 71-58 win.
Colville had no answer for 6-foot-1 swingman Kage Sobotta, who poured in 27 points.
Matt Hubbard led Colville with 23 points.