CITY OF CHEWELAH

Council postpones new noise ordinance

The Chewelah City Council at its April 19 meeting considered a new noise ordinance which sets acceptable sound levels as measured in decibels. The ordinance was tabled by the council due to concerns raised by councilmembers and will likely be considered again at their next meeting, scheduled for May 3. Click here for the full story. 

  • Track and Field: Cougars win three events in Ritzville

    Track and Field: Cougars win three events in Ritzville

    (By Staff Reports/Chewelah Independent)  Cobb, Kirry and Miller all win events, Kirry breaks meet record… The Chewelah Cougars got a trio of first-place finishes at the 30-team Undeberg Invitational hosted by Ritzville High School on Saturday. Maggie Cobb had a banner day, finishing first in the triple jump (35-9) and placing second in the 100-meter […]

  • Baseball: Cougars bounce back against Newport

    Baseball: Cougars bounce back against Newport

    (By Staff Reports/Chewelah Independent) Parrott, Cougars dominate fading Grizzlies… After a deflating loss to league leader Freeman on Friday, the Chewelah Cougars wasted little time getting back on track. In an NEA League road game on Saturday, the Cougars thumped Newport 11-0 to improve their record to 10-5 on the year and 8-3 in league […]

  • Baseball: Freeman bites Chewelah 10-1

    Baseball: Freeman bites Chewelah 10-1

    (By Brandon Hansen/Chewelah Independent) Cougars no-hit by Scotties but still have one-game lead for second place… Friday’s game between No. 3-ranked Freeman and No. 6-ranked Chewelah was expected to be a battle of state-ranked teams. The Scotties, however, trotted McKabe Cottrell on the mound and he struck out 11 Cougar batters en route to a […]

  • Little White Schoolhouse project moves forward

    Little White Schoolhouse project moves forward

    (By Brandon Hansen/Chewelah Independent) School Board shows support, approval with efforts to save schoolhouse… The Valley School District Board of Directors liked the progress they’ve seen in the “Save The Little White Schoolhouse” project and moved forward on the possible move and renovations of the 100-year structure during the last school board meeting on Wednesday, […]

  • Council postpones new noise ordinance

    Council postpones new noise ordinance

    (By Jared Arnold/Chewelah Independent) Penalties for violating ordinance could be up to $600… The Chewelah City Council at its April 19 meeting considered a new noise ordinance which sets acceptable sound levels as measured in decibels. The ordinance was tabled by the council due to concerns raised by councilmembers and will likely be considered again […]

  • Locals join worldwide march in Chewelah

    Locals join worldwide march in Chewelah

    (By Brandon Hansen/Chewelah Independent) Group shows support for evidence-based science… Marches numbering thousands throughout the world gathering on April 22 — Earth Day — as crowds showed their support for science and evidence-based research. Chewelah was not without a march of their own as a group of marchers gathered at City Hall on Saturday afternoon […]

  • PHOTO GALLERY: WSU Football Spring Game at Joe Albi

    PHOTO GALLERY: WSU Football Spring Game at Joe Albi

    WSU played their annual Spring Game at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane on Saturday with 9,135 in attendance. Crimson defeated Gray 35-10. Photos by Ed Broberg. For more photos from Ed Broberg go to edbroberg.com.

  • Trails End features Gail Johannes

    Trails End features Gail Johannes

    (By Brandon Hansen/Chewelah Independent) Long-time Chewelah Artist finds inspiration in teaching, outdoors… You probably have seen some of Gail Johannes’ work hanging around town. Johannes is currently having her art featured in ChewVino and will soon have it featured at Trails End Gallery for the upcoming “First Thursday Art Walk.” Busy would be an understatement […]

  • Post office supports small businesses

    Post office supports small businesses

    (By Brandon Hansen/Chewelah Independent) New postmaster looking to hear from you… Chewelah’s new postmaster and post offices around the country are letting people know the door is open next week. The United States Postal Service is hosting National Small Business Week from April 30 to May 6, opening their doors to local businesses wanting to […]

  • Gwennie Kloster: Author, Illustrator, Artist

    Gwennie Kloster: Author, Illustrator, Artist

    (By Chewelah Arts Guild) Kloster is featured artist at 2017 Quilt Show Tea Room… Gwennie Kloster is the featured artist at the 2017 Quilt Show May 27-28 sponsored by the Chewelah Arts Guild. She believes that drawing and painting come naturally to all small children. As a child she loved to draw rainbows and swans […]

Paideia High School

‘Lett-uce’ tell you about Paideia’s Hydroponics Garden

Students at Paideia High School harvested their first crop of 100+ heads of lettuce, on April 10 from their newly built Horticulture Center. Click here for the full Photo Gallery.

News

VIDEO: Douglas Falls Spring Runoff

Here is video Douglas Falls roaring north of Colville because of heavy spring runoff and rain.

CHEWELAH BASEBALL

Baseball: Cougars bounce back against Newport

After a deflating loss to league leader Freeman on Friday, the Chewelah Cougars wasted little time getting back on track. In an NEA League road game on Saturday, the Cougars thumped Newport 11-0 to improve their record to 10-5 on the year and 8-3 in league play. Click here for the full story. 

LOCAL SPORTS FEATURES

  • Track and Field: Cougars win three events in Ritzville

    Track and Field: Cougars win three events in Ritzville

    (By Staff Reports/Chewelah Independent)  Cobb, Kirry and Miller all win events, Kirry breaks meet record… The Chewelah Cougars got a trio of first-place finishes at the 30-team Undeberg Invitational hosted by Ritzville High School on Saturday. Maggie Cobb had a banner day, finishing first in the triple jump (35-9) and placing second in the 100-meter […]

  • Baseball: Cougars bounce back against Newport

    Baseball: Cougars bounce back against Newport

    (By Staff Reports/Chewelah Independent) Parrott, Cougars dominate fading Grizzlies… After a deflating loss to league leader Freeman on Friday, the Chewelah Cougars wasted little time getting back on track. In an NEA League road game on Saturday, the Cougars thumped Newport 11-0 to improve their record to 10-5 on the year and 8-3 in league […]

  • Baseball: Freeman bites Chewelah 10-1

    Baseball: Freeman bites Chewelah 10-1

    (By Brandon Hansen/Chewelah Independent) Cougars no-hit by Scotties but still have one-game lead for second place… Friday’s game between No. 3-ranked Freeman and No. 6-ranked Chewelah was expected to be a battle of state-ranked teams. The Scotties, however, trotted McKabe Cottrell on the mound and he struck out 11 Cougar batters en route to a […]

  • Softball: Chewelah thumps Freeman, falls to Colville

    Softball: Chewelah thumps Freeman, falls to Colville

    Cougars still third in league after splitting with Freeman and Colville… Tuesday’s NEA League Softball CHEWELAH 21, FREEMAN 1 In a game that went only four innings, the Chewelah Cougar softball team notched 13 hits in a 21-1 drubbing of Freeman on Tuesday. Madison Koler notched a home run for Chewelah and drove in five […]

  • Ludwig Sports: Chewelah baseball cruises past Cardinals

    Ludwig Sports: Chewelah baseball cruises past Cardinals

    (By Geno Ludwig/Chewelah Independent) Chewelah second in NEA League with sweep of Medical Lake… Ryder Robison threw six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out eight as he led Chewelah to a 5-0 shutout victory over the visiting Lakeside Eagles on Tuesday of last week. Then, Gavin Parrott and Robison each won a game on […]

  • Golf: Boys finish fifth, girls fourth at Hangman Valley

    Golf: Boys finish fifth, girls fourth at Hangman Valley

    (By Geno Ludwig/Chewelah Independent) Stroyan takes ninth, while Earl places sixth at NEA League meet… The Cougar golf teams had their second league match of the season at Hangman Valley Golf Course in Spokane on Tuesday, April 18. The boys finished in fifth place with a score of 508. The girls placed fourth by earning […]

  • Ludwig Sports: Chewelah Track and Field post top marks at Prosser, Lakeside

    Ludwig Sports: Chewelah Track and Field post top marks at Prosser, Lakeside

    (By Geno Ludwig/Chewelah Independent) Kirry wins Female Athlete of the Meet at Prosser, wins three events… Lily Kirry clocked personal-best times in two of the three events she won at Lakeside last Wednesday in leading the Chewelah girls to a 79-66 league win over Riverside in a double-dual meet which produced multiple season best-performances and […]

  • Ludwig Sports: Cougar softball plays through busy week

    Ludwig Sports: Cougar softball plays through busy week

    (By Geno Ludwig/Chewelah Independent) Cougars clobber Colville, Omak in loaded schedule… Tylee Frizzell clobbered a two-run walk-off dinger over the deep centerfield fence in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Chewelah’s Lady Cougars a 4-2 extra-inning victory over the visiting Colville Indians last Monday (April 17). The Cougars played four league games last […]

  • Ludwig Sports: Chewelah tennis falls in two league matches

    Ludwig Sports: Chewelah tennis falls in two league matches

    (By Geno Ludwig/Chewelah Independent) Cougars fall to Lakeside, Deer Park… The Chewelah tennis team got into the meat of their NEA League schedule last week with the boys and girls squads dropping matches to Deer Park and Lakeside. The Chewelah boys dropped to 2-4 in league play. The Cougar girls are now 3-4.

  • Baseball: Colville topples Chewelah 7-5

    Baseball: Colville topples Chewelah 7-5

    (By Staff Reports/Chewelah Independent) Chewelah falls to Stevens County rival… The Cougars committed six errors and fell to NEA League rival Colville 7-5 on Tuesday. The Indians used a four-run sixth inning to gain a commanding lead against Chewelah, and the Cougars’ two-run rally in the top of the seventh fell short.

LOCAL SPORTS

VIDEO: TRUCK FIRE IN CHEWELAH

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

FIRST THURSDAY

Trails End features Gail Johannes

You probably have seen some of Gail Johannes’ work hanging around town. Johannes is currently having her art featured in ChewVino and will soon have it featured at Trails End Gallery for the upcoming “First Thursday Art Walk.” Busy would be an understatement for the artist which has expanded her studio space out into the garage to accommodate the extra work flow. Click here for the full story.

COMMUNITY NEWS FEATURES

  • Trails End features Gail Johannes

    Trails End features Gail Johannes

    (By Brandon Hansen/Chewelah Independent) Long-time Chewelah Artist finds inspiration in teaching, outdoors… You probably have seen some of Gail Johannes’ work hanging around town. Johannes is currently having her art featured in ChewVino and will soon have it featured at Trails End Gallery for the upcoming “First Thursday Art Walk.” Busy would be an understatement […]

  • Post office supports small businesses

    Post office supports small businesses

    (By Brandon Hansen/Chewelah Independent) New postmaster looking to hear from you… Chewelah’s new postmaster and post offices around the country are letting people know the door is open next week. The United States Postal Service is hosting National Small Business Week from April 30 to May 6, opening their doors to local businesses wanting to […]

  • TEDD open house

    TEDD open house

    (Press Release by TEDD) Tri County Economic Development District (TEDD) will be holding an open house on Thursday, May 4 from 3 to 6 p.m. at their office in the South Town Mall, 986 S Main, Suite A in Colville. TEDD’s open house coincides with National Small Business Week, May 1- 6. Every year since […]

  • May the Fourth Be With You, May 4

    May the Fourth Be With You, May 4

    Teachers at Gess Elementary hope the next Family Fun Night, on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Gess Gym, will be… Out. Of. This. World. The evening’s activities, built around a Star Wars theme, are designed to be fun and engaging. But, because Gess teachers are all about learning, they’ve made sure […]

  • Gwennie Kloster: Author, Illustrator, Artist

    Gwennie Kloster: Author, Illustrator, Artist

    (By Chewelah Arts Guild) Kloster is featured artist at 2017 Quilt Show Tea Room… Gwennie Kloster is the featured artist at the 2017 Quilt Show May 27-28 sponsored by the Chewelah Arts Guild. She believes that drawing and painting come naturally to all small children. As a child she loved to draw rainbows and swans […]

  • ‘Lett-uce’ tell you about Paideia’s Hydroponics Garden

    ‘Lett-uce’ tell you about Paideia’s Hydroponics Garden

    (By Paideia High School)  Students learning how to grow produce in Horticulture Center… Students at Paideia High School harvested their first crop of 100+ heads of lettuce, on April 10 from their newly built Horticulture Center. Funding for this project was completed through private donations and a Healthy Kids-Healthy Schools Grant. This grant program is […]

  • Local History: Heritage park opens May 1

    Local History: Heritage park opens May 1

    (By Stevens County Historical Society)  Attraction is NE WA’s leading historical park… Keller Heritage Park, consisting of Ft. Colville Museum, Keller House and Graves Mountain Lookout Tower, opens its 2017 season Monday, May 1. The park is Colville’s major tourist attraction and is Northeast Washington’s leading historical park. The city park is located on North […]

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Sety’s Garden Center Opens

    PHOTO GALLERY: Sety’s Garden Center Opens

    Downtown Chewelah is blooming thanks to the opening of Sety’s Ace and Hardware Garden Center. Full of flowers, landscaping material and plants – you can get all your spring planting needs at the garden center. Here are photos from the Garden Center. 

  • White Cane Days fundraiser coming up

    The Annual Chewelah Valley Lions White Cane Days are May 5 and 6 this year. On these two days, you will see Lions Club members giving out white cane stickers, a reminder that Lions got their start helping the blind…and continue to help the blind and deaf every day. This is a fundraiser for Lions […]

  • Fire Line by Irv Schick for April 27, 2017

    Fire Line by Irv Schick for April 27, 2017

    (By Irv Schick/Fire District 4) THANK YOU The members of Fire district 4 would like to thank the members of the Chewelah Fire Dept. and the members of Fire Districts 1 and 5 for their mutual aid assistance at our Cottonwood Creek Rd. structure fire. Mutual aid is neighbors helping neighbors.

COMMUNITY NEWS

OPINION

  • Trudeau: Thanks city, my son now thinks I’m a genius

    (By Kellie Trudeau/Kellie is the Head Copy Editor of the Chewelah Independent and is a graduate of Washington State University. She is also the mother of three kids five and under. If you’d like to send Kellie a Letter, shoot her an email at newsreporter@centurytel.net.) A couple of weeks ago, my day started out as […]

  • Letters to the Editor for April 27, 2017

    Letters to the Editor for April 27, 2017

    Here are Letters to the Editor for April 27, 2017.

  • Brunell: United incident has shown customer satisfaction is job one

    Brunell: United incident has shown customer satisfaction is job one

    (By Don 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.) It may take United Airlines years to overcome the public relations nightmare of a doctor […]

  • Haick: Let your voice be heard in protecting science

    Haick: Let your voice be heard in protecting science

    (By Anoria Haick/Anoria Haick was born and raised in the Chewelah area and graduated from Jenkins High School in 2001. She resides in Seattle, and works at the University of Washington investigating the impact of environmental pollutants on humans.) On Earth Day, April 22nd, 2015, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich penned an editorial in […]

  • SCCA: Increase of wolves unwelcome to cattlemen

    SCCA: Increase of wolves unwelcome to cattlemen

    By The SCCA/The Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association is a group of cattle producers and concerned citizens dedicated to engaging civic and community leaders on issues that affect the industry. To contact SCCA, email: stevens countycattlemen@gmail.com. The Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association (SCCA) is working to prepare their members for another difficult summer grazing season, as the Washington […]

  • Letters to the Editor for April 20, 2017

    Letters to the Editor for April 20, 2017

    Here are Letters to the Editor for the Chewelah Independent for April 20, 2017…

  • Letters to the Editor for April 13, 2017

    Letters to the Editor for April 13, 2017

    Here are Letters to the Editor for April 13, 2017…

  • From The Editor: Shaming Stevens County Public Shaming

    From The Editor: Shaming Stevens County Public Shaming

    (By Brandon Hansen/Brandon is the managing editor of the Chewelah Independent and a graduate of Eastern Washington University. If you’d like to send Brandon a Letter to the Editor, shoot him an email at brandon@chewelahindependent.com.) I will admit, I’m a fan of the TV Show Jersey Shore. The MTV reality-show filmed the life of a […]

  • From the Left Bank: Is the Problem a Minimum Wage or a Minimum Economy?

    From the Left Bank: Is the Problem a Minimum Wage or a Minimum Economy?

    (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) While researching for a column on the potential long-term effects of the minimum wage increase on the Stevens County […]

  • Brunell: Entrepreneurs key to America’s Success

    Brunell: Entrepreneurs key to America’s Success

    (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.) American entrepreneurs’ ability to invent, create and bring products and services to market makes […]

OPINION

AREA SPORTS FEATURES

  • EWU Football: Red Takes Advantage of Miscues to Beat White 24-17 to win “Golden Eagle” Trophy

    EWU Football: Red Takes Advantage of Miscues to Beat White 24-17 to win “Golden Eagle” Trophy

    (By EWU Athletics) Gage Gubrud passes for 344 yards, but Brandon Montgomery’s returns on an interception and fumble sparks Red to spring-ending victory… All-America quarterback Gage Gubrud had a customary big day, but Brandon Montgomery had an even bigger one. The backup Eagle cornerback returned an interception 67 yards for a touchdown and had a […]

  • Seattle takes series opener against Cleveland

    Seattle takes series opener against Cleveland

    (By Staff Reports/Chewelah Independent) Gamel, Cano homer in Mariners’ road win… The Mariners (11-13) pulled to within two games of .500,  defeating the defending American League Champion Cleveland Indians (12-10) last night 3-1 in the opening game of a three-game series. Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and Ben Gamel his […]

  • EWU’s Kupp Drafted by Los Angeles Rams in Third Round

    EWU’s Kupp Drafted by Los Angeles Rams in Third Round

    (By EWU Athletics) Eagle wide receiver is the 69th pick overall, making him the second-highest draft choice in school history and a third generation Kupp to be drafted After setting an abundance of records for the Eastern Washington University football team, Cooper Kupp has even made some history in his own family. The sensational wide […]

  • Indoor Football: Spokane Empire hope to keep rolling against Salt Lake

    Indoor Football: Spokane Empire hope to keep rolling against Salt Lake

    (Spokane Empire Team Press Release) Empire hope to complete season sweep of Eagles… The Spokane Empire (6-2, 5-1) come back home this Sunday, April 30th to face the visiting Salt Lake Screaming Eagles (1-7, 1-6) in Week 11 of the 2017 Indoor Football League regular season at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena with a 4:00 pm […]

  • PHOTO GALLERY: WSU Football Spring Game at Joe Albi

    PHOTO GALLERY: WSU Football Spring Game at Joe Albi

    WSU played their annual Spring Game at Joe Albi Stadium in Spokane on Saturday with 9,135 in attendance. Crimson defeated Gray 35-10. Photos by Ed Broberg. For more photos from Ed Broberg go to edbroberg.com.

  • Texas A&M’s Garrett taken in first round of NFL Draft

    Texas A&M’s Garrett taken in first round of NFL Draft

    (By Staff Reports/Chewelah Independent) Seahawks trade down, Washington’s John Ross taken ninth… As expected, Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett was the first pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 2017 NFL Draft. Ranked No. 1 in the draft by ESPN, Garrett brings size, athleticism and explosiveness to the defensive end position – something the […]

  • Women’s Basketball Coach Wendy Schuller signs new five-year contract with EWU

    Women’s Basketball Coach Wendy Schuller signs new five-year contract with EWU

    (Press release from EWU Athletics) Contract runs through the 2022 season… Eastern Washington University Director of Athletics, Bill Chaves, has announced a new five-year contract for women’s basketball head coach Wendy Schuller. The contract runs through the 2022 season. “We are excited to have Coach Schuller leading our program for the next five years,” said […]

AREA SPORTS

OLYMPIA NEWS FEATURES

  • Inslee names Stephen Sinclair secretary of the Department of Corrections

    Inslee names Stephen Sinclair secretary of the Department of Corrections

    (Press release from the office of the Washington State Governor)  Sinclair has worked at DOC for 28 years… Gov. Jay Inslee has named Stephen Sinclair secretary of the Department of Corrections. Sinclair will begin the position immediately. He takes over from Jody Becker, Ph.D, who has been serving as acting secretary since January. She will […]

OLYMPIA NEWS

NATIONAL NEWS FEATURES

  • North Korea fires ballistic missile

    North Korea fires ballistic missile

    (By Staff Reports/Chewelah Independent)  Missile test appears to have failed… The Associated Press is reporting that North Korea has tested what is likely a medium-range ballistic missile. Medium ranged ballistic missiles are designed to have a range of between 1,000 kilometers and 3,500 kilometers. Initial US reports said the missile broke up a couple minutes […]

  • If North Korea launch nukes, Washington not allowed to have evacuation plan

    If North Korea launch nukes, Washington not allowed to have evacuation plan

    (By Staff Reports/Chewelah Independent) A law from 1983 prevents Washington from forming nuclear attack evacuation plan… With increased threats from North Korea, KING-TV’s Jake Whittenberg is reporting that Washington has a law preventing it from forming an evacuation plan in the event of a nuclear attack. The law, passed in 1983 states: “The comprehensive, all-hazard […]

NATIONAL NEWS

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