February 6th, 2013
James R. Northrup passed away peacefully on Jan. 30, 2013 at the age of 86, surrounded by many family members. He suffered complications from a fall at home and died at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. He was born on Jan. 19, 1927 in Colville, the second child of Rod and Mabel (Wetzel) Northrup.
He was raised on a ranch on Highland Loop Road between Kettle Falls and Colville and learned the value of hard work. He was proud of the fact that his great-grandfather homesteaded in Northrup Canyon near Steamboat Rock in Grand Coulee.
Jerry R. Starr, 71, suffered a heart attack and passed away on Jan. 29, 2013. Jerry will be greatly missed by his wife Margie, sister Kathryn Hammond, aunt Patricia Kingsbury and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Jerryâ€™s passing was preceded by his mother, Mary Merle Starr/Johnson, brother, Cameron Johnson, and by the death of his step-father, Ret. Col. Charles Johnson.
Caroline L. â€śCarol Leaâ€ť Rummer, a lifetime resident of Colville, passed away on Jan. 24, 2013 in Colville at the age of 81. Carol Lea was born on April 28, 1931 in Colville, the daughter of Harry and Alice (Nyholm) Peterson.
Carol Lea was raised and attended school in Colville. While attending a dance at Waitts Lake, a young man named Loyd Rummer introduced himself. This introduction began their courtship. Carol Lea would work at Whiteâ€™s Grocery after school as well as summers and following her high school graduation in 1949.
Arthur â€śArtâ€ť Kootenai Avey, a lifetime resident of NorthÂ¬eastern Washington, passed away on Feb. 1, 2013 in Colville at the age of 94. Art was born on April 2, 1918 in Cranbrook, BC, the son of Arthur Francis and Clara (CarruthÂ¬ers) Avey.
Following his fatherâ€™s work opportunities as a lumber millwright, Art resided in several communities in Northeastern Washington with his family, including Orin, Spokane, Cusick and Colville.
Most people that have clutter in their homes have it for no other reason than most of us: we donâ€™t know what to do with all of our stuff. Hence, it starts to formulate small piles, or, in extreme cases, interÂ¬vention broadcasted to the world on reality TV (A&Eâ€™s Hoarders, anyone?).
Colville resident Wendy Cook, 58, is an exception to both rules. Yes, she has a lot of stuff and she collects it on purpose, but unlike an actual hoarder, she can easily let it go if she needs to. Not only that, but she has managed to arrange her various dĂ©cor in a way that is aesthetically pleasing.
District playoffs start next week
The Jenkins High boysâ€™ basketball team (15-3, 10-0) extended its winning streak to 13 games last week with a 73-33 win at home over Northport and a 64-34 win over struggling Freeman.
Head coach Rocky Verbeck credits the work the Cougars put in on defense and the players finding their roles on offense with a run that has carried the Cougars close to a Northeast A League championship as the league enters its final week before the District 7 1A playoffs get started next Monday.
Indians on the road at West Valley, Cheney & Pullman
Colville High (5-3, 9-7) faces its most difficultâ€”and most importantâ€”stretch of the season this week. The Indians, half a game out of third place and two games behind league-leading Pullman (8-1, 12-5) and West Valley (7-1, 11-5) in a tight Great Northern League girlâ€™s race, are on the road this week.
CHS is at West Valley on Tuesday before heading to Cheney (3-6, 6-10) on Thursday. Game time is 5:45 p.m.
Colville will make the long trek to the Palouse and a visit to Pullman on Saturday. Game time is 4:15 p.m.
Indians share GNL dual championship
Itâ€™s post-season time for high school wrestlers in Washington state. Fourth-ranked Colville High, who moved up to the class 2A Great Northern League from the Northeast A in the fall, made their return foray into the GNL a successful one with a league dual co-championship (with East Valley).
The Indiansâ€™, who would be the odds-on favorite to win a 1A championship if they were still members of the NEA, suffered a lone dual loss this winter to five-time defending State 2A champion Deer Park.
Norman S. LaVigne was born at the family home in Chewelah on Nov. 30, 1923. The son of Cyrille and Vera LaVigne, Norm graduated from Jenkins High School in 1942 and went on to earn his Electrical Engineering degree from University of MinÂ¬nesota in 1945.
He married his high school sweetheart, Irene Gunning, on June 29, 1945.
Emotions ran high at last Tuesdayâ€™s Colville City Council meeting when the council voted against passing a proclamation that would have recÂ¬ognized Feb. 4, 2013 as Second Amendment Appreciation Day. It was standing room only in the council chambers with people trickling out into the adjacent hallway.