CHEWELAH ATHLETICS

Cougars improve to 4-2

Facing winless Medical Lake, the Cougars were able to quickly dispatch their NEA League foe 25-18, 25-16, 25-4 on Thursday night. Chewelah was led by Elizabeth Chalmers who had seven kills and seven aces to go along with one block. Click here for the full story. 

  • Fire ban partially lifted at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

    Fire ban partially lifted at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

    (By National Park Service/Press Release) Effective 12:01 am Saturday, September 23, 2017, campfires will be allowed in established fire rings in campgrounds and day-use areas throughout Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area on all National Park Service managed lands. Charcoal grills will also be allowed at this time. Please remember that regulations require your campfire to be less […]

  • Volleyball: Cougars improve to 4-2

    Volleyball: Cougars improve to 4-2

    (By Staff Reports/Chewelah Independent) Chalmers bumps up season kill total to 41… Facing winless Medical Lake, the Cougars were able to quickly dispatch their NEA League foe 25-18, 25-16, 25-4 on Thursday night. Chewelah was led by Elizabeth Chalmers who had seven kills and seven aces to go along with one block. Chalmers on the […]

  • Volleyball Roundup: Cougars trounce Rams

    Volleyball Roundup: Cougars trounce Rams

    (By Staff Reports) Cougars pick up third victory of the season… Chewelah slammed their way past NEA League foe Riverside on Tuesday. Elizabeth Chalmers had five aces, while Elle Carpenter dished out 13 assists for the Cougars. Chewelah improved to 2-2 in league play and 3-2 overall. Lily Kirry had two blocks while Bailey Smith […]

  • Football Poll: Colville ranked No. 7

    Football Poll: Colville ranked No. 7

    (By Staff Reports)  Colville (2-1) moved into the No. 7 spot of the latest AP Washington Prep Football Poll after their 34-7 victory over Deer Park in an early season NEA League litmus test. The Stags (2-1) tumbled out of the poll because of the loss but is still receiving votes. In the 4A poll, […]

  • Football: Newport tops Cougs

    Football: Newport tops Cougs

    (By Geno Ludwig/Chewelah Independent) Yards scarce against Grizzlies… It was evident at Newport last Friday night that the Chewelah Cougars were lacking in game experience. They had played only one quarter at Bridgeport, and their game at Liberty Christian was cancelled. They appeared to be unexpectedly raw against the Grizzlies, who they had totally dominated […]

  • NEW Alliance, Providence dedicate new mental health facility

    NEW Alliance, Providence dedicate new mental health facility

    (By Jamie Henneman/Chewelah Independent) Second floor of old Mt. Carmel remodeled… A ribbon cutting ceremony last Saturday officially opened a new mental health facility in Stevens County in a partnership between the county mental health services, Northeast Washington (NEW) Alliance Counseling, and Providence Mt. Carmel Hospital. The 16-bed mental health Evaluation and Treatment (E&T) inpatient […]

  • Stevens County unemployment  at 6.1 percent, WA at 4.6 percent

    Stevens County unemployment at 6.1 percent, WA at 4.6 percent

    (By Staff Report/Chewelah Independent) County added 191 jobs from June to July… Unemployment upticked slightly in Stevens County from June to July. The unemployment rate was six percent in June and at 6.1 percent in July. Meanwhile the Washington state unemployment rate also upticked slightly from 4.5 percent in June to 4.6 percent in July. […]

  • Media outlets sue legislature for ignoring public records law

    Media outlets sue legislature for ignoring public records law

    (By Jamie Henneman/Chewelah Independent) Legislators refuse to share texts, emails, calendars… A group of nine media outlets is suing every member of the Washington State Legislature on claims that lawmakers are often refusing to release information like personal calendars, texts and emails in violation of the Public Records Act. In a civil lawsuit filed on […]

  • Pennies for the Poor

    Pennies for the Poor

    (By Carolyn Jones/Hands Across Nations) Chewelah youth raises money for Hands Across Nations… There’s an old saying “Take care of the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves”. 10 year old Makayla Duke, of Chewelah has been collecting pennies for a full year to give them to the needy. She calls her effort […]

  • Upcoming Events for Sept. 23-Oct. 7, 2017

    Upcoming Events for Sept. 23-Oct. 7, 2017

    Here are upcoming events in the Chewelah area for Sept. 23-Oct. 7, 2017.

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.

CHEWELAH

Theft mars Flags Over Chewelah event

While the Flags Over Chewelah organizers placed the flags on Main Ave. last weekend in recognition of the veteran memorial event in the park, their efforts were marred by the theft of one of the flags.

Organizer Del Barber reported that a flag honoring a WWII Purple Heart recipient was stolen from the 400 block of E. Main Ave. across from Mondo’s restaurant. Click here for the full story. 

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LOCAL SPORTS FEATURES

  • Volleyball: Cougars improve to 4-2

    Volleyball: Cougars improve to 4-2

    (By Staff Reports/Chewelah Independent) Chalmers bumps up season kill total to 41… Facing winless Medical Lake, the Cougars were able to quickly dispatch their NEA League foe 25-18, 25-16, 25-4 on Thursday night. Chewelah was led by Elizabeth Chalmers who had seven kills and seven aces to go along with one block. Chalmers on the […]

  • Volleyball Roundup: Cougars trounce Rams

    Volleyball Roundup: Cougars trounce Rams

    (By Staff Reports) Cougars pick up third victory of the season… Chewelah slammed their way past NEA League foe Riverside on Tuesday. Elizabeth Chalmers had five aces, while Elle Carpenter dished out 13 assists for the Cougars. Chewelah improved to 2-2 in league play and 3-2 overall. Lily Kirry had two blocks while Bailey Smith […]

  • Football Poll: Colville ranked No. 7

    Football Poll: Colville ranked No. 7

    (By Staff Reports)  Colville (2-1) moved into the No. 7 spot of the latest AP Washington Prep Football Poll after their 34-7 victory over Deer Park in an early season NEA League litmus test. The Stags (2-1) tumbled out of the poll because of the loss but is still receiving votes. In the 4A poll, […]

  • Football: Newport tops Cougs

    Football: Newport tops Cougs

    (By Geno Ludwig/Chewelah Independent) Yards scarce against Grizzlies… It was evident at Newport last Friday night that the Chewelah Cougars were lacking in game experience. They had played only one quarter at Bridgeport, and their game at Liberty Christian was cancelled. They appeared to be unexpectedly raw against the Grizzlies, who they had totally dominated […]

  • Volleyball: Cougs corral Stags

    Volleyball: Cougs corral Stags

    (By Geno Ludwig/Chewelah Independent) Chewelah wins first league game of the year… It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Charles Dickens must have written those famous lines about last week’s Chewelah volleyball games. The Lady Cougars destroyed Deer Park on Tuesday night in four sets. However, on Thursday, they were […]

  • Oman crosses the finish line first for Cougars, Haden places 24th

    Oman crosses the finish line first for Cougars, Haden places 24th

    (By Geno Ludwig/Chewelah Independent) Cougar runners go to CDA for first invitational of the year… With the smoke somewhat cleared, the Chewelah cross-country runners finally got an opportunity to compete last Saturday at the Coeur d’Alene Invitational meet held at Hayden Canyon. Since it was their first event of the season, the Cougars did not […]

  • JHS grad Wiebe in first graduating class of Food Science majors

    JHS grad Wiebe in first graduating class of Food Science majors

    (By Sarah English/Chewelah Independent) The Independent brings an exclusive take on WSU Football to Chewelah after home games on the Palouse JHS grad received almost $20,000 in scholarships… Caleb Wiebe has received almost $20,000 in scholarships to attend Washington State University. This funding is making it possible for him to be in the first graduating […]

  • Football Roundup: Colville thumps Deer Park, Springdale wins first game since 2014

    Football Roundup: Colville thumps Deer Park, Springdale wins first game since 2014

    (By Staff Reports) The game of the week was Colville-Deer Park and the Indians came away with the  34-7 NEA League victory. Since both the Stags and Indians are favored in the league this year, this gives them the inside track for the league championship. Lakeside also improved to 2-0 on the year. 

  • Cougar XC: On the Run

    Cougar XC: On the Run

    (By Geno Ludwig/Chewelah Independent) The running dozen hope to compete in strong NEA League… The Chewelah Cougars will open their 2017 cross-country season this Saturday at the Farragut Invitation Meet in Idaho, hosted by Timberlake High School. This has traditionally been a punishing race with lots of steep uphill climbs, so it will give the […]

  • Volleyball: Lakeside sweeps Chewelah

    Volleyball: Lakeside sweeps Chewelah

    (By Staff Reports) Chalmers notches four kills and seven assists… Undefeated Lakeside continued their early season romp, downing Chewelah 25-8, 25-9, 25-16 in NEA League action on Thursday night. Elizabeth Chalmers, Skyla Tunison and Krislyn Koler each had four kills, while Chalmers added seven assists. Jaelynn Skok notched nine digs as well. The loss snapped […]

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

Stevens County unemployment at 6.1 percent, WA at 4.6 percent

Unemployment upticked slightly in Stevens County from June to July. The unemployment rate was six percent in June and at 6.1 percent in July. Meanwhile the Washington state unemployment rate also upticked slightly from 4.5 percent in June to 4.6 percent in July.

In the United States, the unemployment rate went from 4.3 percent in June to 4.4 percent in July. Click here for the full story. 

COMMUNITY NEWS FEATURES

  • Pennies for the Poor

    Pennies for the Poor

    (By Carolyn Jones/Hands Across Nations) Chewelah youth raises money for Hands Across Nations… There’s an old saying “Take care of the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves”. 10 year old Makayla Duke, of Chewelah has been collecting pennies for a full year to give them to the needy. She calls her effort […]

  • Remember When for Sept. 21, 2017

    Remember When for Sept. 21, 2017

    110 Years Ago – September 20, 1907 The City of Chewelah will have electric lights! Bids had gone out for machinery, wire, poles, etc. and the committee was instructed to hire men to proceed with the construction of a dam. The Great Northern Company was buying hewed railroad ties for the new scale price of […]

  • Upcoming Events for Sept. 23-Oct. 7, 2017

    Upcoming Events for Sept. 23-Oct. 7, 2017

    Here are upcoming events in the Chewelah area for Sept. 23-Oct. 7, 2017.

  • Commissioners kick off “Constitution Week”

    Commissioners kick off “Constitution Week”

    (By Jamie Henneman/Chewelah Independent) Monday event held on Courthouse lawn… At a commemoration event on Monday, the Stevens County Commissioners kicked off “Constitution Week” at an event on the courthouse lawn in Colville to highlight the importance of adhering to basic Constitutional principles, according to Commissioner Steve Parker. The event, which included presentations from the […]

  • Local Forestry Industry Donates over $7,000 to Youth Organizations

    Local Forestry Industry Donates over $7,000 to Youth Organizations

    (By Dana Bowers/Stevens County Conservation District) During smoky summers, we are inundated with reminders that our forest resources need careful care and management. It’s for this purpose that the Big Tree Contest got its start in 2004 as an incentive based approach to forestry education. Youth spend their summer caring for seedlings, making posters, and […]

  • Chewelah VFW Post wins national award for community service

    Chewelah VFW Post wins national award for community service

    (By Staff Reports) Chewelah VFW Post 2047 received the National Outstanding Community Service Award which was announced at the VFW national convention in July 2016. Each year, the VFW Department of Washington picks one post that excels in its community service efforts. Chewelah’s VFW post has put in plenty of work. In 2016 the local […]

  • Upcoming Events for Sept. 14-Oct. 7, 2017

    Upcoming Events for Sept. 14-Oct. 7, 2017

    Here are upcoming events in the Chewelah area for Sept. 14-Oct. 7, 2017

  • SCCD taking orders for Spring 2018 tree sale

    SCCD taking orders for Spring 2018 tree sale

    (By Stevens County Conservation District) Although we’re just beginning the fall season and wildfires are still burning across the Inland Northwest, it’s never too early to start thinking ahead to next spring and planting season. Every year, the Stevens County Conservation District (SCCD) offers native trees and shrubs for the public to purchase for reforestation, […]

  • Remember When for Sept. 14, 2017

    Remember When for Sept. 14, 2017

    Here is Remember When for September 14, 2017

  • Biofiltro opens nation’s largest dairy wastewater facility

    Biofiltro opens nation’s largest dairy wastewater facility

    (By Brandon Hansen/Chewelah Independent) Facility will treat 200,000 gallons of water each day using worms to treat dairy wastewater… Local lawmakers attended the ribbon cutting of the BioFiltro wastewater treatment facility at the Royal Dairy in Royal City Washington. It’s the largest dairy wastewater treatment facility in the nation and will treat 200,000 gallons of […]

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OPINION

  • Letters to the Editor for Sept. 21, 2017

    Letters to the Editor for Sept. 21, 2017

    Here are Letters to the Editor for Sept. 21, 2017

  • Purcell: Desperate for Tax Reform that Simplifies

    Purcell: Desperate for Tax Reform that Simplifies

    (By Tom Purcell/Tom Purcell is a nationally syndicated humor columnist. Send your comments to Tom at Purcell@caglecartoons.com) “Help!” said the fellow, surrounded by a pile of papers. “I don’t think I’m going to make it through this 1040 tax form.” “Why is that?” I said. “The 2016 tax extension I filed is due by Oct. […]

  • A guide to dealing with Fall in Chewelah

    A guide to dealing with Fall in Chewelah

    (By Brandon Hansen/Managing Editor of the Chewelah Independent) I was finally able to carry out the longtime tradition that every Chewelan does come September every year. I put on a jacket. Yes! Fall is nigh – we think – and temperatures are now switching from sweltering to shivering. Considering the amount of smoke and rainless […]

  • Letters to the Editor for Sept. 14

    Letters to the Editor for Sept. 14

    Here are Letters to the Editor for Sept. 14 , 2017…

  • SCCA: Removal of wolf doesn’t address damage

    SCCA: Removal of wolf doesn’t address damage

    (By Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association)/The SCCA is a group of cattle producers and concerned citizens dedicated to engaging civic and community leaders. For more info on the SCCA you can go to stevenscountycattlemen.com) The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife removed one wolf from the Sherman Pack late last month after the pack had […]

  • From the Editor: Football provides an escape from insanity

    From the Editor: Football provides an escape from insanity

    (By Brandon Hansen/Managing Editor of the Chewelah Independent) Sunday, I slapped on my Tennessee Titans jersey, featuring the name and number of Marcus Marriota and headed to Flamin’ Joes, a Raiders bar in Spokane, to watch the Titans take on the Raiders. One would consider this perhaps a dangerous environment considering the two opposite viewpoints. […]

  • Letters to the Editor for Sept. 7, 2017

    Letters to the Editor for Sept. 7, 2017

    Here are Letters to the Editor for Sept. 7, 2017…

  • Brunell: People coming together is silver lining to Harvey

    Brunell: People coming together is silver lining to Harvey

    (By Don C. Brunell/Don C. Brunell is a business analyst, writer and columnist. He retired as president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s oldest and largest business organization, and now lives in Vancouver. He can be contacted at theBrunells@msn.com.) All of the things that went wrong in New Orleans with Hurricane Katrina in […]

  • From the Editor: What far-fetched thing could befall Chewelah?

    From the Editor: What far-fetched thing could befall Chewelah?

    (By Brandon Hansen/Managing Editor of the Chewelah Independent) The Spokesman-Review has recently published a front-page story exploring what would happen if a nuclear bomb hit with a graphic of a mushroom cloud over the Lilac City. Everybody jumped on the newspaper, saying they were fear-mongering and making everybody freak out over something very improbable. Now […]

  • From the Editor: Tips for the upcoming school year

    From the Editor: Tips for the upcoming school year

    (By Brandon Hansen/Managing Editor of the Chewelah Independent) School is about to start here in Chewelah! Since I used to be a student in the Chewelah School District system, I want to tell all our students some tricks of the trade to navigating your school years.

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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 […]

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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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