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Independent Theaters ry To Survive

he building’s facade is shaped like a crown in this one-horse-town. The crown jewel is a neon red and green sign that reads “Roxy.” The Roxy Theater was built in 1951 in Newport, Wash. It’s made of a rudimentary cobbling of stucco and rock, but inside, ornate gold and burgundy curtains hang like royal tapestries. In the front lobby is a glass display box. Inside is what looks like a grandiose telescope to the stars. And for the small town of Newport — it was. The machine, a 1934 Simplex 35mm film projector, is now an archaic mass of reels, bulbs and metal, but for the past 61 years, the machine brought movie stars like Fred Astair to the rural community of loggers and miners. For more than 100 years, movies have been filmed and viewed on 35mm celluloid film, but the familiar clicky clack of spools and levers and the green and black ink from 150-pound reels of film will soon be extinct/Jordy Byrd, Pacific Northwest Inlander. More here. (Inlander photo)

Question: I remember seeing the "Secret of Ninh" at the Wilma while visiting here with friends during my days in Lewiston (1982-84). Anyone else remember the Wilma Theater that stood @ 2nd & Sherman back when?

81YO RI Woman Wins $336M Jackpot

Louise White, right, 81 from Newport, R.I., is presented a check for $336 million by Gerald Aubin, left, director of the state's lottery, and Gov. Lincoln Chafee, center, at Rhode Island Lottery headquarters in Cranston, R.I., Tuesday. White won last month's $336.4 million Powerball jackpot, sleeping with the winning ticket in her Bible until coming forward to claim the sixth-largest U.S. prize on Tuesday, a family representative said. Story here. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

Question: Do you play Powerball regularly?

Colville names 10-year Forest Service employee Republic ranger

NATIONAL FORESTS — Robert Sanchez, a 10-year career Forest Service employee and University of Idaho alumnus, has been  named District Ranger of the Republic Ranger District, based out of Republic, Wash.

Colville National Forest Supervisor Laura Jo West announced the appointment last week.

Sanchez will be coming to Republic in September from the Mendocino National Forest, based in Willows, Calif., where he is the forest hydrologist.

Read on for details on Sanchez's career

Colville names 25-year Forest Service employee Newport-Sullivan Lake ranger

NATIONAL FORESTS — Gayne (pronounced guy-na) Sears, a 25-year career Forest Service employee and former animal packer and wilderness ranger, has been named district ranger of the Newport and Sullivan Ranger Districts, based out of Newport.

Colville National Forest Supervisor Laura Jo West made the announcement last week.

Sears will be coming to Washington in September from Utah, where she is enrolled in the Masters of Natural Resources graduate degree program at Utah State University.

Read on for details on Sears' career.