March 25th, 2015
With April on the horizon, spring is in the air and people are looking forward to warm days and gardening.
However, local child and family advocates have a specific garden in mind that they are hoping the community will support.
On Wednesday, April 1 at noon, Stevens County CASA, Rural Resources Victim Services, and the Colville branch of the Department of Social Health and Services (DSHS), will plant a pinwheel garden on the front lawn of the Stevens County Courthouse in honor of Aprilâ€™s designation as Child Abuse Awareness month.
An Airbus with 150 people onboard crashed in the southern French Alps on Tuesday, officials said. The A320, operated by Lufthansaâ€™s budget airline Germanwings, was flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf and went down in the Digne region of the Alps-De-Haute Province, according to Reuters. There were 144 passengers, two pilots and four crew members, Germanwings said. "We are sorry to confirm that flight 4U9525 is an accident," the airline said on Twitter.
The Miss Kettle Falls Scholarship Program (MKFSP) is gearing up for another year, but before a new community ambassador is crowned, the 2014 royalty will have a chance to say their goodbyes.
The Miss Kettle Falls Program will be Saturday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kettle Falls Middle School gymnasium. The theme is "V.I.P." and tickets are available at Kettle Falls Pharmacy.
2014 Miss Kettle Falls Cayla Hammond and Alternate Peyton Tucker will take their final walk and bows as Kettle Falls Royalty before new community representatives are selected.
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The Colville Valley U-12 Baseball League in Colville and Kettle Falls is gearing up for the season.
Warmer than the norm temperatures have many people thinking baseball.
The league, which serves youngsters in Colville, Kettle Falls, Northport and Inchelium, has started its registration process for both Colville and Kettle Falls teams, according to sponsoring Colville Kiwanis Club spokesman and league commissioner, Bob Meshishnek.
Assuming many of Meshishnekâ€™s league duties this year will be Pastor Eric Ohrtman.
Indians lost some significant talent
If Colville High has any designs on returning to State later this spring (of course they do), the Indians of head coach Jim Ebel and assistant coach Tim Vaughn will have to replace some significant components to a team that ran roughshod through the Great Northern League the past two seasons and finished 21-4 last spring.
That record included a 1-2 mark at the State 2A Tournament in Selah. For those counting at home, that trip to State was Colvilleâ€™s 13th straight.
Despite a low turnout earlier this winter (22 players) when spring practice sessions got underway, expect second year Kettle Falls High baseball coach Justin Collier to field a competitive team as the Bulldogs embark on their first season in the rigorous Northeast 2B League after spending two seasons in the second division of the Northeast A League.
starts this week
CHEWELAHâ€”The Jenkins High softball team is looking to be more competitive in the Northeast A League this spring with a mix of returning starters and experienced freshmen in key positions.
A solid turnout of 20 players, buoyed by 11 freshmen, has allowed the Cougars to field full varsity and junior varsity teams.
Head coach Tom Skok is looking for an immediate impact from those experienced freshmen.
It's time once again for the Statesman-Examiner's annual photography contest. The S-E is looking for photos of the Panorama Land area (Stevens, Ferry, and Pend Orielle Counties). Area events, wildlife, landscapes, landmarks, or other Panorama Land photographs you would like to share are all eligible. Grand Prize is $100 cash, First Place is $75, Second Place is $50 and Third Place is $25. Photo winners will be published in the Statesman-Examiner.
The City of Colville currently has vacancies on the following boards, commissions and committees.
Airport Advisory Board (2 openings)
Assists in basic airport planning, operates and maintains the municipal airport, assists in completing written applications for potential funding sources for repairs, improvements or purchase of equipment involving the municipal airport. Consists of nine members that serve a three year term.
Animal Control Advisory Committee (4 vacancies)
In what defense lawyers are hailing as a partial triumph, the three remaining members of the Kettle Falls Five were acquitted of four other charges in a marijuana case that has captivated the nation.
Rhonda Lee Firestack-Harvey, her son Roland Gregg and his wife, Michelle, were found guilty last Tuesday evening in Spokane Federal Court of growing between 50 and 100 marijuana plants on their 33-acre property northeast of Kettle Falls.