ECLIPSE

OUR ECLIPSE: On Aug. 21, Chewelah will be in the shadow of the Moon

Katie Park, library assistant at the Chewelah Public Library, has been planning the library’s solar eclipse event since February. The event has been in the works for much longer—the last solar eclipse experienced by Washington residents was in 1979. Those under 38-years-old are in for a pretty unique occurrence.

On August 21, the moon will pass in front of the sun. blocking it. The darkness that we see is the moon’s shadow. Michael Allen, an astronomer at Washington State University, told WSU News that “the stars won’t come out, but for about two minutes, daylight will definitely be dimmer.” In Chewelah, those two minutes will occur at 10:27 a.m.

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  • PHOTO GALLERY: 2017 Valley Fair

    PHOTO GALLERY: 2017 Valley Fair

    Here are photos of the 2017 Valley Fair last weekend, photos taken by Brandon Hansen and Jared Arnold…

  • WDFW in evaluation period after killing two wolves

    WDFW in evaluation period after killing two wolves

    (By Staff Reports/Chewelah Independent) Department will see if lethal removals will stop cattle depredations in Stevens County… The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is now in an evaluation period to see if lethally removing two wolves from the Smackout Pack in Stevens County will have an effect of the pack’s behavior. The hope is […]

  • Washington Federal will not lend with brokers on properties with new wells

    Washington Federal will not lend with brokers on properties with new wells

    (By Brandon Hansen/Chewelah Independent) Hirst Decision played into policy change… Because of uncertainty about water rights, Washington Federal sent out an internal memo saying the company will not be lending on properties in the state of Washington that have had wells drilled after Oct. 6 2016, reports the Columbia Basin Herald. The reason for the […]

  • Belknap holds off on pool assessment until election

    Belknap holds off on pool assessment until election

    (By Brandon Hansen/Chewelah Independent) Candidate said politics with mayoral race interfering with pool project… After a crowded community meeting on Thursday at the Chewelah Casino to determine interest in saving the current public pool, mayoral candidate Bob Belknap said he’s holding off on the project until after the election. “At the first general meeting of the […]

  • McMillin takes over Cougars on the hardwood

    McMillin takes over Cougars on the hardwood

    (By Geno Ludwig/Chewelah Independent) Mike McMillin new head coach of Cougar boys basketball team… If enthusiasm is a preferred ingredient for a high school head basketball coach, Chewelah is going to get a double-dose of it when Mike McMillin takes the helm of the Cougar hoops program this winter. “I love these boys,” McMillin said. […]

  • Upcoming Events for Aug. 17-24, 2017

    Upcoming Events for Aug. 17-24, 2017

    Here are upcoming events for Aug. 17-24, 2017 in the Chewelah area.

  • HiTest  studying Newport site for silicone smelter

    HiTest studying Newport site for silicone smelter

    (By Don Gronning/Newport Miner) Company had looked at Addy, now says no red flags so far in Newport… (This was originally published in the Newport Miner. you can read more by the Miner at http://pendoreillerivervalley.com) HiTest Sands Inc. president Jayson Tymko says his firm is still studying a site south of Newport proposed for a […]

  • OUR ECLIPSE: On Aug. 21, Chewelah will be in the shadow of the Moon

    OUR ECLIPSE: On Aug. 21, Chewelah will be in the shadow of the Moon

    (By Sarah English/For the Chewelah Independent) Safe viewing glasses available at Stevens County Libraries… Katie Park, library assistant at the Chewelah Public Library, has been planning the library’s solar eclipse event since February. The event has been in the works for much longer—the last solar eclipse experienced by Washington residents was in 1979. Those under […]

  • Addy Grange: 100 years and counting…

    Addy Grange: 100 years and counting…

    (By Brandon Hansen/Chewelah Independent) Valley Grange celebrates a century as a community mainstay… Verna Rosenberg was honored at the Addy Grange’s last gathering for being with the organization for 78 years. The pin she received, however, was for 75 years. “They don’t have a pin for 78 years,” Rosenberg said with a laugh. The Addy […]

  • EWU considers building mobile lab

    EWU considers building mobile lab

    (By Jamie Henneman/Chewelah Independent) University seeks public feedback… A project that would create a mobile laboratory that could help rural school districts “fill the gaps” in their science and technology education programs is being considered by Eastern Washington University. The project would help students learn about science and healthcare careers, according to Eastern Washington Area Health […]

VIDEO: KCHW interview with Chewelah Mayor and City Administrator

Here is video of KCHW’s interview with Chewelah Mayor Dorothy Knauss and City Administrator Mike Frizzell.

CITY OF CHEWELAH

Belknap holds off on pool assessment until election

After a crowded community meeting on Thursday at the Chewelah Casino to determine interest in saving the current public pool, mayoral candidate Bob Belknap said he’s holding off on the project until after the election.

“At the first general meeting of the save our swimming pool group, it became clear that politics and the current mayoral race is interfering with the process we are attempting to pursue in determining the viability of repairing and monetizing the community’s pool,” Belknap wrote in a letter to the newspaper. “As such I am suspending those parts of the project that directly involve City Hall until after the election. We will continue to investigate the experiences of cities and towns that have successfully revitalized older existing swimming pools, as well as the various funding opportunities, both federal and state and building a larger volunteer organization.”

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LOCAL SPORTS FEATURES

  • McMillin takes over Cougars on the hardwood

    McMillin takes over Cougars on the hardwood

    (By Geno Ludwig/Chewelah Independent) Mike McMillin new head coach of Cougar boys basketball team… If enthusiasm is a preferred ingredient for a high school head basketball coach, Chewelah is going to get a double-dose of it when Mike McMillin takes the helm of the Cougar hoops program this winter. “I love these boys,” McMillin said. […]

  • Chewelah finds success at Rendezvous Days

    Chewelah finds success at Rendezvous Days

    (By Geno Ludwig/Chewelah Independent) 10U finished second in their division, 12U finished out the tournament with four wins… The Chewelah Cougars scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning and finished the Jim Marshall Inspirational Tournament in Colville with an 8-5 win over Castlegar to place fifth in the 12U division. Kruz Katzer’s […]

  • Pitt’s Pro tips: Getting the most out of a practice session

    Pitt’s Pro tips: Getting the most out of a practice session

    (By Jason Pitt/Chewelah Golf Course and Country Club) How do you get the most out of a practice session?  That is a question posed to me quite often. The answer is quite simple.  Practice should be broken down into equal parts of driving range and short game.  If your schedule allows for an hour of […]

  • Wrigley wins 2017 Invitational Tournament

    Wrigley wins 2017 Invitational Tournament

    The Chewelah Ladies 18 Hole Club recently held their 2017 Invitational Tournament. We especially want to thank all our local business for their donations and the men who volunteered to once again allow us to have a very successful tournament. Winners in the tournament included:

  • School board decides on track improvements

    School board decides on track improvements

    (By Jamie Henneman/Chewelah Independent) Remaining funds will be spent on bathrooms, bleachers… With the development of the new track at Snyder Field nearly complete and roughly $59,000 of the levy dollars available for additional improvements, the Chewelah School Board decided to move forward with a list of additional items at their board meeting last Wednesday. […]

  • Chewelah Little League: Two Times the Champion

    Chewelah Little League: Two Times the Champion

    (By Geno Ludwig/Chewelah Independent) Chewelah 12U wins Deer Park Tournament second year in a row, Chewelah 10U also brings home the gold… Kai Masuda and Dekota Acosta both went 3-for- 3 on Sunday evening as they led the Chewelah Cougars to the 10U division championship of the Deer Park Tournament. Masuda drilled a pair of […]

  • Chataqua Challenge 2017 Results

    Chataqua Challenge 2017 Results

    Here are the results for the 2017 Chataqua Challenge…

  • Legion AA Baseball: Sliding through Summer

    Legion AA Baseball: Sliding through Summer

    (By Geno Ludwig/Chewelah Independent) 49ers surging in late season, taking four out of five last week… Carl Oman spearheaded a 14-hit Chewelah attack on Wednesday, July 5 as the Forty-Niners clobbered home-standing Rogers 13-4 in double-A American Legion Baseball play. Oman batted 4-for-5, singling in two runs and scoring two more for the visitors. The […]

  • Niners upset Ferris, take two at Wood Bat Tourney

    Niners upset Ferris, take two at Wood Bat Tourney

    (By Geno Lugwig/Chewelah Independent) After being held scoreless through five innings and trailing 2-0, the Chewelah Forty-Niners suddenly erupted to score three runs in their sixth at-bat to upset Ferris 3-2 last week in AA American Legion play. The Niners staged a late rally to put a scare into undefeated Pullman the following day, but […]

  • Chewelah Golf Club Women’s 9 Hole Stats  for April and May

    Chewelah Golf Club Women’s 9 Hole Stats for April and May

    Low Putts April 19 – Carole Jones & Marylin Brewer (18) April 26 – Nancy Hockly (17) May 3 – Carole Jones (15) May 17 – Marylin Brewer (16) May 24 – Helga Atwood (16) May 31 – Ally Canning & Carol Johnson (17) Chip Ins April 19 – Lois Rumley #1 hole, Nancy Giessen […]

LOCAL SPORTS

VIDEO: TRUCK FIRE IN CHEWELAH

Here is video of a truck fire on April 8, 2017 in Chewelah. (Video by Brandon Hansen)

ECONOMY

HiTest studying Newport site for silicone smelter

HiTest Sands Inc. president Jayson Tymko says his firm is still studying a site south of Newport proposed for a $300 million silicone smelter.

“We’re still in our due diligence phase,” Tymko said, meaning the company is getting the results of a number of studies connected on the Newport site to decide if they’ll go ahead.

“It’s taking longer than we thought,” Tymko told The Miner last Tuesday morning in a phone interview. The company has a number of subcontractors conducting studies. “It seems like every step they take leads to another,” he said.

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COMMUNITY NEWS FEATURES

  • Upcoming Events for Aug. 17-24, 2017

    Upcoming Events for Aug. 17-24, 2017

    Here are upcoming events for Aug. 17-24, 2017 in the Chewelah area.

  • Remeber When for Aug. 17, 2017

    Remeber When for Aug. 17, 2017

    Here is Remember When for Aug. 17, 2017… 110 Years Ago – August 16, 1907 Work commenced on the meat market building for Oppenheimer & Kieling. The building will have 14 feet of frontage on Main Street and a depth of 28 feet. The fire alarm triangle was moved from the vacant lot between McCrea […]

  • OUR ECLIPSE: On Aug. 21, Chewelah will be in the shadow of the Moon

    OUR ECLIPSE: On Aug. 21, Chewelah will be in the shadow of the Moon

    (By Sarah English/For the Chewelah Independent) Safe viewing glasses available at Stevens County Libraries… Katie Park, library assistant at the Chewelah Public Library, has been planning the library’s solar eclipse event since February. The event has been in the works for much longer—the last solar eclipse experienced by Washington residents was in 1979. Those under […]

  • Addy Grange: 100 years and counting…

    Addy Grange: 100 years and counting…

    (By Brandon Hansen/Chewelah Independent) Valley Grange celebrates a century as a community mainstay… Verna Rosenberg was honored at the Addy Grange’s last gathering for being with the organization for 78 years. The pin she received, however, was for 75 years. “They don’t have a pin for 78 years,” Rosenberg said with a laugh. The Addy […]

  • Prosecutor’s Journal for Aug. 17, 2017

    Prosecutor’s Journal for Aug. 17, 2017

    (By Tim Rasmussen/Stevens County Prosecutor)  Sometime in the past, a home in our county was broken into while the elderly couple who lived there were sleeping.  The burglars took several things from the home including jewelry and debit/credit cards. Later, several purchases were made at various locations using the stolen debit/credit cards. Through the use of Wal-Mart’s […]

  • Police Blotter for the week of Aug. 6-12, 2017

    Police Blotter for the week of Aug. 6-12, 2017

    (By Chief of Police Mark Burrows) The Chewelah PD handled approximately 64 calls during the week of Aug 6 – 12. Twenty of the calls were traffic-related and included a collision, traffic hazards, and traffic stops. Officers also responded to an harassment complaint filed by someone who wanted to complain that someone else was being […]

  • Public forum with the City Council

    Public forum with the City Council

    The residents of Chewelah are invited to bring their ideas, suggestions, or even complaints next month to their elected city council members. The Chewelah City Council will hold a open public forum during their regular meeting on Wednesday evening, August 16, starting at 6:30 p.m. Unlike a regular council meeting where public participation is limited, […]

  • It’s Fair Time in Valley

    It’s Fair Time in Valley

    (By Brandon Hansen/Chewelah Independent) CenterStage will be full for 85th year of the Valley Fair… What would the summer be without the Valley Fair? The Valley Fair will be celebrating 85 years of existence this weekend and has a full slate of CenterStage entertainment for you to enjoy. The fair, held every second weekend in […]

  • Stevens County Superior Court Records for Aug. 10, 2017

    Stevens County Superior Court Records for Aug. 10, 2017

    Here are Stevens County Superior Court Records for Aug. 10, 2017

  • Where the Magnesite Plant stands today

    Where the Magnesite Plant stands today

    (By Geno Ludwig/Chewelah Independent) Despite environmental concerns, Magnesite Plant continues to host business activity… In 1923, six years after the Northwest Magnesite Company began operating its plant south of Chewelah, a local farmer named John Ehorn filed a law suit against the company. Ehorn owned 106 acres near the plant and alleged that the dust and […]

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OPINION

  • Letters to the Editor For Aug. 17, 2017

    Letters to the Editor For Aug. 17, 2017

    Here are letters to the editor for Aug. 17, 2017…

  • Purcell:Living to 125 too much of a good thing?

    Purcell:Living to 125 too much of a good thing?

    (By Tom Purcell/Tom Purcell is a nationally syndicated humor columnist. Send your comments to Tom at Purcell@caglecartoons.com) “A 125-year life expectancy for human beings? I have zero desire to stick around that long.” “Ah, yes, you speak of a debate among scientists over human longevity. I read about it at Business Insider. Some scientists argue […]

  • From the Editor: Things Nazis aren’t good at

    From the Editor: Things Nazis aren’t good at

    (By Brandon Hansen/Managing Editor of the Chewelah Independent)  With the recent events in Charlottesville, I’d just like to clear up some things that apparently social media and a sliver of Americans can’t seem to grasp. Nazis suck. They’re really bad. And they’re not just bad with their racial views, but they’re bad at many, many […]

  • From the Editor: The curious case of “City Folk”

    From the Editor: The curious case of “City Folk”

    (EDITOR’S NOTE: Please read this column with a heavy dose of sarcasm) I love wildlife documentaries, so this week I have decided to write about a safari of a reclusive bunch known as “City Folk.” You know the type, the kind of people that drive BMWs through Stevens County as if they don’t need a […]

  • From The Left Bank: No Blue Opportunity Lost

    From The Left Bank: No Blue Opportunity Lost

    (By Brandon Nobles/Brandon is a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in English and Humanities. He is a current online teacher and is the Research Coordinator for the 7th LD Democratic Central Committee.) During the Democratic Caucus season last year, any Stevens County resident would have been surprised by the crowd that […]

  • Letters to the Editor for Aug. 10, 2017

    Letters to the Editor for Aug. 10, 2017

    Here are our Letters to the Editor for Aug. 10, 2017…

  • On wolves in WA: The Merciful Bullet

    On wolves in WA: The Merciful Bullet

    (By Len McIrvin, Partner/Diamond M Ranch) As I looked into the dark, pain filled, pleading eyes of the calf lying on the ground in a dense thicket, many thoughts flashed through my mind. This had been a strong, healthy heifer calf (in human terms, she would have been a 5 or 6 year old girl-halfway between […]

  • From the Editor: Keep the election devoid of distractions

    From the Editor: Keep the election devoid of distractions

    (By Brandon Hansen/Managing Editor of the Chewelah Independent) With the primary over and the field narrowed down in races for local positions, lets keep the eye on the prize: electing people that will continue to improve our area or come in with new ideas. Politics has a tendency to meander, and to focus on items […]

  • Letters to the Editor for Aug. 3, 2017

    Letters to the Editor for Aug. 3, 2017

    Here are Letters to the Editor for Aug. 3, 2017

  • Letters to the Editor for July 27, 2017

    Letters to the Editor for July 27, 2017

    Here are Letters to the Editor for July 27, 2017

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AREA SPORTS FEATURES

  • Williams Returning for Senior Season

    Williams Returning for Senior Season

    (By GoZags.com) Zag withdraws his name from NBA Draft… NBA Draft without hiring an agent. By not signing with an agent, Williams retained his collegiate eligibility to keep the option to return to Gonzaga in 2017-18. A key player in last season’s run to the national championship game, he will be a focal point on […]

  • Indoor Football: Colorado downs Spokane

    Indoor Football: Colorado downs Spokane

    (By The Spokane Empire) Empire drops third-straight game… The Empire (7-5, 6-3) fell to the Colorado Crush (3-9, 2-8) in Week 14 of the 2017 IFL regular season by a final score of 45-36 at the Budweiser Events Center on Thursday night. The beginning of the game saw two very strong defensive performances where both […]

  • Mariners lose third straight

    Mariners lose third straight

    (By Staff Reports) Pitching woes continue to hamper M’s… The usual fortress of Safeco Field for the Seattle Mariners provided little protection in their series loss to the Chicago White Sox. Sunday night saw the Mariners take an 8-1 drubbing and the White Sox took three out of four in the series. Chicago won the final […]

  • Mariners win series against Oakland

    Mariners win series against Oakland

    (By Staff Reports) Bergman pitches gem, Mariners win another homes series… Christian Bergman capped off the Mariners’ series win over Oakland by going 7 1/3 innings and lifting them to a 4-0 victory over Oakland on Wednesday in the rubber match of the three-game slate against the Athletics. Bergman struck out nine, allowed just two […]

  • Mariners come back to Safeco, get a win

    Mariners come back to Safeco, get a win

    (By Staff Reports) Cruz and Seager homer in win over Oakland… Back home. Back winning. The Seattle Mariners (18-21) got two-run homers from Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager in a 6-5 victory over Oakland (16-22) on Monday night at Safeco Field to snap a four-game losing streak. Your browser does not support iframes. Seattle led […]

  • Mariners have four-game winning streak snapped

    Mariners have four-game winning streak snapped

    (By Staff Reports) Justin Smoak strikes back against old team to lift Blue Jays… Justin Smoak… JUSTIN SMOAK. Remember that guy? Well he went 3-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs to lift the Toronto Blue Jays past the Seattle Mariners 7-2 on Wednesday night. The loss snapped Seattle’s four-game winning streak and dropped them […]

  • Track and Field: Eagles Set to Begin Big Sky Outdoor Championships

    Track and Field: Eagles Set to Begin Big Sky Outdoor Championships

    (By EWU Athletics) Hosted in Sacramento, the conference championships start on Wednesday (May 10) and continue through Saturday (May 13) Postseason competition is underway this week, as the Eastern Washington University outdoor track and field team begins the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championship in Sacramento, Calif., on Wednesday (May 10). Hosted by Sacramento State in […]

  • Seattle comes back against Philadelphia

    Seattle comes back against Philadelphia

    (By Staff Reports) Mariners win third straight… The Seattle Mariners scored five unanswered runs and won their third straight, picking up the 10-9 interleague victory over Philadelphia on the road Tuesday night. Taylor Motter – who was stepping in for an injured Robinson Cano – hit a two-out double to score Jean Segura in the […]

  • Indoor Football: Empire fall to Sioux Falls

    Indoor Football: Empire fall to Sioux Falls

    (By The Indoor Football League)  Empire fall to 7-3 on the year… The Sioux Falls Storm played in a rematch of the 2016 United Bowl against the Spokane Empire on Saturday, May 6th at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center where the Storm emerged with a 62-32 victory. The Empire won the toss and deferred to […]

  • Mariners win series against Rangers

    Mariners win series against Rangers

    (By Staff Reports) Mariners now within two games of .500… The Mariners (15-17) continue to be very strong on at Safeco Field. Kyle Seager hit an eighth-inning solo shot against the Texas Rangers (13-19) on Sunday, helping clinch a 4-3 win that also notched a series victory for Seattle. With the win, the Mariners won […]

AREA SPORTS

OLYMPIA NEWS FEATURES

  • One wolf removed from Smackout Pack

    One wolf removed from Smackout Pack

    (By Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife) The 2017 Wolf-Livestock Interaction Protocol describes tools and approaches designed to influence pack behavior with the goal of reducing the potential for recurrent livestock depredation while continuing to promote wolf recovery. On July 20, WDFW notified the public that non-lethal deterrence measures were not achieving that goal in […]

  • Commission to discuss protective status of 4 species, proposed steps for reducing elk hoof disease

    Commission to discuss protective status of 4 species, proposed steps for reducing elk hoof disease

    (By Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife) The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will take public comment on a variety of issues including the protective status of four wildlife species and proposed steps to reduce elk hoof disease at a meeting Aug. 4-5 in Olympia. The commission, a citizen panel appointed by the governor to […]

  • Being prepared during mosquito season

    Being prepared during mosquito season

    (By National Park Service) The National Park Service wants visitors preparing to come to Lake Roosevelt to be ready for mosquitoes at the campgrounds, boat launches, and day use facilities. Conditions again are optimal for mosquitoes. Visitors, park staff, neighbors, and partners have been dealing with an extraordinarily large mosquito population, especially in the north […]

  • New Washington dog tethering law now in effect

    New Washington dog tethering law now in effect

    (By Staff Report/Chewelah Independent) State trying to crack down on unethical tethering… In an effort to combat animal abuse, a new Washington law puts stricter conditions on how dog owners can tether their pet, KXLY is reporting.  The new law requires a person that leaves a dog tethered for a substantial period of time to […]

  • West Coast states encourage woldwide fight against ocean acidification

    West Coast states encourage woldwide fight against ocean acidification

    (By Washington State Governor’s Office) Acidity is on the rise, threatening coastal economies, cultural resources… West Coast states called on nations at the United Nations Ocean Conference this week to take action against ocean acidification to protect vital economic and cultural resources around the world. Representatives from Washington state and California are joining other members […]

  • AG FERGUSON: EPA Head Pruitt’s criticism of vehicle emission review “completely unfounded”

    AG FERGUSON: EPA Head Pruitt’s criticism of vehicle emission review “completely unfounded”

    (By The Office of the WA Attorney General)  Ferguson pledges legal defense of EPA emissions standards… Attorney General Bob Ferguson today rebuked Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt’s criticism of the EPA’s review of vehicle emissions standards. Ferguson, joined by 12 attorneys general, sent Pruitt a letter rebutting his “completely unfounded” criticisms of the EPA’s […]

  • Retail sales in Washington jumped 7.8 percent in 2016

    Retail sales in Washington jumped 7.8 percent in 2016

    (From Washington Department of Revenue) Retail sales increase by six percent… Big gains in construction and new and used auto sales helped fuel a jump in taxable retail sales to a record $145.9 billion in 2016, a 7.8 percent increase over calendar year 2015. Retail trade sales also showed an increase of 6 percent to […]

  • Holding phones while driving banned in Washington

    Holding phones while driving banned in Washington

    (By Staff Reports) New law prohibits holding device while driving… A new law to take effect in mid-July will ban the holding of hand-held devices while driving in the state of Washington, KXLY is reporting. Governor Jay Inslee signed the bill in Tacoma on Tuesday. The new law prohibits drivers holding an electronic device whether […]

  • State limits marijuana billboards

    State limits marijuana billboards

    (By Staff Reports) Update to rules prevents marijuana store billboards from being appealing to children… Marijuana stores can’t put up billboards that appear to be attracting minors as the Washington State legislature updated it’s rules on pot. Legalized in 2012, the new update to marijuana rules was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday, the […]

  • Background check failure law signed

    Background check failure law signed

    (By Staff Reports)  Victims of domestic abuse could be alerted when abuser fails background check… A bill signed in Olympia Wednesday requires gun dealers to inform law enforcement when someone fails a background check, Jim Camden of the Spokesman Review is reporting. Victims of domestic violence can also be notified if their abuser fails a […]

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