February 7th, 2012
Washingtonians will not be able to take part in the Presidential Primary frenzy this spring because of a 2011 legislative decision to axe the annual rite to save a purported $10 million in the state budget. The cancellation was proposed through Senate Bill 5119 that expires in 2013, leaving a Presidential primary an option in 2016.
In the meantime, the local political parties will be offering caucus meetings to collect public opinion on a 2012 Presidential candidate.
The Auto CAD architectural drafting class at Colville High School recently started work on a 3-D model of Victory Park, a Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) housing project currently being built behind Wal-Mart in Colville.
Students in Todd Strobelâ€™s Auto CAD class are building a diorama of the Victory Park project to help increase community interest and awareness. Once completed, the Victory Park project will provide housing for eight families.
Colville Branch AAUW (American Association of University Women) will sponsor a women's health forum, "Staying Balanced in Troubled Times," on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Rendezvous Theater, InÂ¬stitute for Extended Learning, 985 S. Elm Street, Colville.
According to Terri Elders, Colville Branch AAUW President, this year's health forum event will address how stress and uncertainty impact women's moods and behavior, as well as their general physical health.
Becky Jo Smith, a 20-year resident of Kettle Falls, went home to be with her Lord on Jan. 17, 2012. Becky was born to Doris and Kermit Peterson in Seattle on July 2, 1959. She was their third child and only daughter.
Becky attended Seattle Community College and then at 19, met the love of her life, Doug Smith. On Dec. 11, 1982, they were married.
In 1981, they moved from Tacoma to Republic, where they lived until moving to Curlew in 1984. In 1989, they moved to the Kettle Falls area, where she happily resided until the time of her passing.
The public is invited to attend the annual Stevens County Cattlemen's Association Social Night and Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Stevens County Ag. Trade Center. The event starts at 5 p.m. with social hour and games. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $25 and are available at Colville Big R, Aslin-Finch Flour Mill, and with limited availability at the door. Evening activities include a live auction, raffle, games, recitations by a cowboy poet and recognition of the SCCA Cattlemen of the Year.
â€śI didnâ€™t know you could do that at the libraryâ€¦â€ť
I am amazed by how frequently I hear these words from my friends, family members and acquaintances. I really, really like my job and I occasionally find myself sharing stories about peoÂ¬ple I help throughout the day or interesting speakers and events that the library hosts. No matter how many stories I tell, there seem to be endless instances when my friends hear something new to them. A few examples:
You can access the online Consumer Reports product rating guides for free with your library card.
Itâ€™s Groundhog Day and Donald Trump endorses Mitt â€śI Never Worry About The Poorâ€ť any day in the USofA Romney.
Iâ€™m so excitedâ€¦I think itâ€™s time for a nap.
Let me write thisâ€¦veryâ€¦slowlyâ€¦forâ€¦youâ€¦Punxsutawney Phil has absolutely no credibilityâ€”shadow or no shadow. Itâ€™s kind of like the Three Stooges (maybe four) who are running for the Republican nomination for President.
Tyler Vining top seed to sub-regional
Kettle Falls High wrestled at Republic High School in the Bulldogsâ€™ final all-school match-up of the season last Saturday. The meet also served as seeding to the 2B sub-regional meet on Saturday at Lake Roosevelt High School.
Regional competition will be held at Kittitas High School Feb. 10-11.
The girlâ€™s sub-regional, where Kettleâ€™s Lindsey Olvera will be slotted at 106 pounds, will be held at East Valley High School in Spokane on Saturday. The girlâ€™s sub-regional includes Class B through 4A.
That annual rite of early February, the Panorama League boyâ€™s and girls basketball tournaments, will make their runs this week.
The tournament will culminate on Saturday at Kettle Falls with district seeding and championship games.
In Panorama Tournament opening round games on Tuesday (boys), Northport (16-3, 11-2) hosted Cusick (8-10, 7-5) and Selkirk (8-11, 8-5) was at regular season champion Wellpinit (14-5, 12-0). Both games were scheduled for 6 p.m. starts.
Indians will host Riverside in loser-out
After getting a busy week started on the right sneaker with a big road win at Lakeside, the Colville High boyâ€™s basketball team saw opportunity slip through their grasp last weekend at home.
The Indians (11-9, 6-4) were outplayed by NEA champion Freeman (13-7, 8-2) and by second place Chewelah (15-5, 7-3) on Saturday.