October 10th, 2012
Several members of the Stevens County Cattlemenâ€™s Association (SCCA) submitted testimony to the Washington State Fish and Wildlife Commission last Friday on the resurgence of Gray Wolves in Eastern Washington. The Commission hearing on Oct. 5 included an update from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) on the removal six members of the Wedge wolf pack. The removal was approved by the Commission due to the persistent attacks on cattle by the Wedge wolves.
A Columbia-Inchelium football team that struggled with consistency and continuity early-on this football season seems to be rounding into form as the stretch run toward the 1B (eight-man) football playoffs looms.
The Timberwolves (4-2, 2-1) blasted overmatched Waterville (1-5, 1-2) last Friday afternoon at Inchelium, 62-12, in a battle of Northeast 1B North and NE 1B South teams.
C-I rolled to a 24-6 first quarter lead and increased that working margin to 44-12 at halftime.
Kettle Falls elementary school students were recently treated to a short trip on Lake Roosevelt via canoe provided by Voyages of Rediscovery. A river-based environmental education program, Voyages of Rediscovery has been creating dugout canoes at the Kettle Falls Historical Center from donated cedar logs. Students came to the center on a field trip to learn how the canoes are made my hand and about the history and heritage of the Columbia River. To learn more, go to http://www.voyagesofrediscovery.com.
The Chewelah Cougars (5-1, 3-0) went into their game at Medical Lake (5-1, 3-1) last Friday knowing the winner would be in no worse than a tie for first place in the Northeast A League after that nightâ€™s game. The Cougars built big first half lead and managed to hold on for a 33-28 win.
Jenkins High and Freeman are tied atop the NEA standings this week. ML is one game back.
â€śIt was a big win for us,â€ť said head coach Jim Fisk, â€śI thought, as a team, we played well, Medical Lake is a good team--the best weâ€™ve played in our league this year.â€ť
Modern firearmsâ€™ deer season opens
October is a big month for hunters. Many of the most popular hunting seasons get (or go) underway this month.
Hunters heading out in search of deer, ducks, geese and other game birds are cautioned that most of the state hasnâ€™t experienced appreciable rainfall in several weeksâ€”and months.
Colville High continued its impressive and unbeaten run through the September high school volleyball season last week.
But the Indians (8-0), who havenâ€™t lost a game yet, much less a match this season, lost standout middle hitter Aubrey Buckner last weekend at Clarkston to a possible season-ending knee injury.
Fellow middle hitter Chantel Nussbaum went down earlier in the week with an ankle injury.
Indians busy this week
The Can-Am Cross Country InÂvitational meet, held annually at the Kettle Falls Recreational Area for over 25 years, featured one of its largest-ever turnouts last SatÂurday under sunny, warm late September skies.
The field included 17 high school teams and six junior high teams (325 runners).
The highlights for Colville starÂted with Colville Junior High School sixth-grade phenom Kassie Brooks winning the girlâ€™s race by half a second, followed by running newcomer T.J. Braun finishing a close second for the Colville Junior High boys.
past Kettle Falls
The keys for the Chewelah Cougars (4-1, 2-0) coming into last Friday afternoonâ€™s game against Kettle Falls (0-5, 0-3) were to take control early, keep mistakes to a minimum and get through the game healthy.
The Cougars accomplished all three goals, dominating the Bulldogs on both sides of the ball on their way to a 36-6 victory.
â€śWe played up,â€ť said head coach Jim Fisk. â€śYou have to play at a high level all the time in our league.
â€śOverall, we did a good job; we didnâ€™t make any glaring errors.â€ť
DelRae Bultina is not from this area, but she is invested in it all the same. The 53-year-old Burbank resident has been journeying to Gifford for over 20 years with her husband, Marvin, to hunt turkeys every spring and fall.
The bridge at Kettle Falls was built in 1929 to eliminate delays, but lately, it has delayed construction deadlines, traffic, truckers, and emergency vehicles.
Work on the bridge was delayed before construction even started in August, according to Bob Hilmes, the project engineer employed by WSDOT (Washington State Department of Transportation).
The bridge needed repairs over two years ago, according to Hilmes. When two gaping holes opened on the bridge over the past winter due to abrasive snowplows, it became apparent that construcÂ¬tion timetables needed to be pushed up.