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JHS Theatre’s “Almost, Maine” opens on March 13

While Chewelah is in the state of Washington, people will be making a trip to Maine when they attend the latest JHS production “Almost, Maine” beginning on March 13. The show comprises of nine short plays that explore love and loss in a town not unlike Chewelah called Almost, Maine. The show was first performed by the Portland Stage Company in Portland, Maine in 2004 and will feature a four-sided stage for the first time in the Chewelah Center for the Arts. It stood out to the JHS Theatre program for both being affordable for royalties and challenging the unique group of talented actors that the school currently has. Click here for the full story.

FEATURED NEWS

  • Temperatures to hit 60s this week

    Temperatures to hit 60s this week

    It’s going to get warmer this week! No snow! We promise! According to weather.com, the forecast for this week includes highs in the 60s and lows above freezing to go along with five straight days of sunshine. This is much welcomed after the kind of spring we’ve had in NE Washington, but it’s five to […]

  • WSU says most teens report using marijuana less often after legalization

    WSU says most teens report using marijuana less often after legalization

    (PRESS RELEASE/WSU News Services) Marijuana use went down significantly among 8th and 10th graders after legalization, and among 12th graders who didn’t work… Only one group of teenagers used marijuana more often after retail sales were legalized in Washington than they did before – high school seniors who work 11 or more hours per week, […]

  • THE LEAD: Rural Resources offering energy assistance in NE Washington

    THE LEAD: Rural Resources offering energy assistance in NE Washington

    Spokane County Sheriff’s investigators say murder-suicide possible in death of Newport couple While an official cause of death has not been determined, Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies say a murder-suicide is possible in the death of a Newport-area elderly couple, Frank and Ethel Korbel. The two were dsicovered Sunday inside their home south of Newport. The […]

  • Gary Peck honored by Mt. Spokane

    Gary Peck honored by Mt. Spokane

    (BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent) Chewelah resident who passed away in car crash honored with ski run named after him on Mt. Spokane… Late Chewelah native Gary Peck, who passed away in a car accident last Spring, was honored at Mt. Spokane Ski Resort in January after being a ski patroller and race coach at the mountain […]

  • Challenging gun control

    Challenging gun control

    (MADELINE COATS/Chewelah Independent) Lawsuits target gun-control initiative in Washington… Two civil rights lawsuits in Washington State have challenged the constitutionality of certain bans enacted through the gun control measure, Initiative 1639. Each lawsuit is built on the premise that the initiative deprives plaintiffs of rights under the Second and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States […]

  • Three vie for Chewelah DYW

    Three vie for Chewelah DYW

    (BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent) Mackenzie Acord, Avery Arnold and Lily Kirry will be in this year’s program at Center for the Arts… It’s been a time-honored tradition since the 1960s, and it continues again this year as Jenkins Junior/Senior High School juniors will compete for the title of Chewelah’s Distinguished Young Woman. For the first time […]

  • For area cattle producers, calving “season” is hectic, time-consuming and totally worth it

    For area cattle producers, calving “season” is hectic, time-consuming and totally worth it

    (BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent) Cattle producers deal with cold, snowy weather for calving season… Chances are if you have some cattle-owning friends in Stevens County, there is a time of year where they can’t meet you for an event in town or even leave the house. Why? Calving season. For many cattle producers, it’s the Super […]

  • THE LEAD: Washington State Patrol will have additional patrols on St. Patrick’s Day

    THE LEAD: Washington State Patrol will have additional patrols on St. Patrick’s Day

      Colville National Forest warns of road conditions on Flowery Trail Safety Alert: Flowery Trail is in the melting off stage. Road conditions vary between patchy snow, slush, dry, frost heaves, and everything in between. When temps are below freezing at night, expect black ice in the mornings and possibly throughout the day at the […]

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Calving photos from our readers

    PHOTO GALLERY: Calving photos from our readers

    The Chewelah Independent’s main front page story this week is on calving season as local cattle producers deal with new calves in a snowy and cold spring. We asked for photos of calves from our readers and the response was amazing. Here are some of the photos of calves (and goats!) people submitted from the […]

WEEK IN REVIEW

This week’s “Week in Review” for KCHW where we talk about an update on the radio station’s transmitter, the Chewelah School District budget, an update on the Wayne Peck assault case, A Deer Park woman hiding her dead boyfriend in a tarp, Wolves being delisted by the US and a Spokane Native participating in the first ever all-woman spacewalk! Watch the podcast here on YouTube!

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WA State auditor reports on county homelessness fund usage

The Washington State Auditor’s office released a report last week saying that Stevens County did not have an adequate application and approval process for its dispersal of $121,000 in homelessness funds between 2015 and 2019. The Stevens County Board of Commissioners have stated that they believe that the money they provided in direct assistance to people was consistent with statewide guidelines and its own homelessness plan. Click here for the full story.

LOCAL SPORTS

  • HEADING TO CHENEY: Jacob Newsom to play for EWU football team

    HEADING TO CHENEY: Jacob Newsom to play for EWU football team

    (BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent) Colville’s Jacob Newsom goes Division-I, part of EWU 2019 recruiting class… Having a national title-level college football program like Eastern Washington University just down the road is something special and even moreso when local kids can get recruited by the Eagles. EWU has been home to the likes of Chewelah greats Greg […]

  • STATE GIRLS BASKETBALL: Selkirk falls to top-seeded Colton

    STATE GIRLS BASKETBALL: Selkirk falls to top-seeded Colton

    (COLIN HAFFNER/Chewelah Independent) Lady Rangers play tomorrow at 9 a.m… Selkirk’s win on Wednesday meant a matchup with the number one seed Colton Wildcats in the state 1B championships at the Spokane Arena Thursday morning, looking for a major upset. The Rangers had a steep hill to climb even before the game started against a […]

  • STATE GIRLS BASKETBALL: Selkirk advances with upset over Taholah

    STATE GIRLS BASKETBALL: Selkirk advances with upset over Taholah

    (STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent) Couch leads Lady Rangers with 27 points… The Selkirk girls faced their second straight win or go home matchup, this time in the first round of the state 1B championships, and once again came out on top, defeating the higher seeded Taholah Chitwhins 62-49 to advance. The 15th-seeded Rangers raced out to […]

  • GIRLS BASKETBALL: Inchelium ousted from state by Sunnyside Christian

    GIRLS BASKETBALL: Inchelium ousted from state by Sunnyside Christian

    (STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent) Hornets finish season 17-9… Inchelium marched into their first round, loser-out matchup at the state 1B championships against Sunnyside Christian fresh off a convincing regional win and looking to keep that momentum going, but came away with a disappointing loss to the higher seeded Knights 62-41. The Hornets started the game out […]

  • Jaron Baldwin named to NE 2B All-League squad

    Jaron Baldwin named to NE 2B All-League squad

    (BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent) Junior was a powerful scoring threat for the Cougars all season… The Chewelah Cougars moved down to the NE 2B League for 2018 and with the classification change, there were few favors done in terms of degree of difficulty. Jaron Baldwin, however, looked like a star for most of the season, scoring […]

  • THE BEST WRESTLING TEAM IN SCHOOL HISTORY? Cougars place third, first time in school history on the podium at state

    THE BEST WRESTLING TEAM IN SCHOOL HISTORY? Cougars place third, first time in school history on the podium at state

    (GENO LUDWIG/Chewelah Independent) Krouse and Jeanneret win state titles… Seven Chewelah Cougar wrestlers will weigh-in a little heavier this week, not just because the season is over and they can now pig-out on the types and amounts of food they have restricted themselves from for the past three months, but because they will all be […]

  • GIRLS BASKETBALL: NWC closes out Chewelah’s season

    GIRLS BASKETBALL: NWC closes out Chewelah’s season

    Lady Cougars finish season with 12-12 record, wins over 1A schools… An extended basketball season came to an end for the Chewelah girls when they were defeated 49-22 by fourth-ranked Northwest Christian in a loser-out game at the district tournament at West Valley last Thursday. It was not a winning season, but it was not […]

  • BOYS BASKETBALL: Cougars wrap up year with loss to Colfax in districts

    BOYS BASKETBALL: Cougars wrap up year with loss to Colfax in districts

    (GENO LUDWIG/Chewelah Independent) Baldwin leads Chewelah in final two district games… The Chewelah Cougars used five three-pointers in the second half to distance themselves from Davenport on Thursday night on the way to a 49-33 district tournament victory. With the score tied at 26 apiece midway through the third period, the Cougar trio of Jaron […]

  • ZAGSWATCH: Gonzaga now at No. 2

    ZAGSWATCH: Gonzaga now at No. 2

    (STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent) Zags first team in college basketball up to 25 wins… The Gonzaga Bulldogs have moved up to the No. 2 spot in the national rankings, notching six first-place votes in the AP poll. This happened after Gonzaga downed Loyola Marymount and San Diego in WCC play last week. No. 1 Duke has […]

  • GIRLS DISTRICT BASKETBALL: Chewelah ends season with loss to NWC

    GIRLS DISTRICT BASKETBALL: Chewelah ends season with loss to NWC

    (COLIN HAFFNER/Chewelah Independent) Smith leads Cougars with 14 points… The Chewelah girls were given a tall task in their bid to stay alive in the NEA District 7 2B tournament when they squared off with Northwest Christian, the second overall seed in the tournament. The Cougars were looking to hand the Crusaders another upset loss […]

FIRST THURSDAY

Here is KCHW’s interview with First Thursday featured Artist Matt Booth.

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COMMUNITY NEWS FEATURES

  • Temperatures to hit 60s this week

    Temperatures to hit 60s this week

    It’s going to get warmer this week! No snow! We promise! According to weather.com, the forecast for this week includes highs in the 60s and lows above freezing to go along with five straight days of sunshine. This is much welcomed after the kind of spring we’ve had in NE Washington, but it’s five to […]

  • THE LEAD: Rural Resources offering energy assistance in NE Washington

    THE LEAD: Rural Resources offering energy assistance in NE Washington

    Spokane County Sheriff’s investigators say murder-suicide possible in death of Newport couple While an official cause of death has not been determined, Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies say a murder-suicide is possible in the death of a Newport-area elderly couple, Frank and Ethel Korbel. The two were dsicovered Sunday inside their home south of Newport. The […]

  • Gary Peck honored by Mt. Spokane

    Gary Peck honored by Mt. Spokane

    (BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent) Chewelah resident who passed away in car crash honored with ski run named after him on Mt. Spokane… Late Chewelah native Gary Peck, who passed away in a car accident last Spring, was honored at Mt. Spokane Ski Resort in January after being a ski patroller and race coach at the mountain […]

  • Three vie for Chewelah DYW

    Three vie for Chewelah DYW

    (BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent) Mackenzie Acord, Avery Arnold and Lily Kirry will be in this year’s program at Center for the Arts… It’s been a time-honored tradition since the 1960s, and it continues again this year as Jenkins Junior/Senior High School juniors will compete for the title of Chewelah’s Distinguished Young Woman. For the first time […]

  • For area cattle producers, calving “season” is hectic, time-consuming and totally worth it

    For area cattle producers, calving “season” is hectic, time-consuming and totally worth it

    (BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent) Cattle producers deal with cold, snowy weather for calving season… Chances are if you have some cattle-owning friends in Stevens County, there is a time of year where they can’t meet you for an event in town or even leave the house. Why? Calving season. For many cattle producers, it’s the Super […]

  • THE LEAD: Washington State Patrol will have additional patrols on St. Patrick’s Day

    THE LEAD: Washington State Patrol will have additional patrols on St. Patrick’s Day

      Colville National Forest warns of road conditions on Flowery Trail Safety Alert: Flowery Trail is in the melting off stage. Road conditions vary between patchy snow, slush, dry, frost heaves, and everything in between. When temps are below freezing at night, expect black ice in the mornings and possibly throughout the day at the […]

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Calving photos from our readers

    PHOTO GALLERY: Calving photos from our readers

    The Chewelah Independent’s main front page story this week is on calving season as local cattle producers deal with new calves in a snowy and cold spring. We asked for photos of calves from our readers and the response was amazing. Here are some of the photos of calves (and goats!) people submitted from the […]

  • The Chewelah yard sale day is coming!

    The Chewelah yard sale day is coming!

    (STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent) Annual community event slated for May 4… The 10th Annual Chewelah City-Wide Yard Sale will be Saturday, May 4, 2019. The annual community event is sponsored by The Independent. To sign up your yard sale, contact The Independent office at 935-8422. The cost is $9, which includes your name on the map […]

  • Pencil Drawing Contest entries being displayed at Chewelah Library

    Pencil Drawing Contest entries being displayed at Chewelah Library

    Winners announced for 2019 contest, and over 80+ students entered drawings… The Chewelah Arts Guild is pleased to share the winners of the 2019 Pencil Drawing Contest and invite everyone to view the drawings on display at the Chewelah Library. Chris Carpenter and Kathy Zender carefully judged the 80 + entries submitted from seven schools […]

  • Dedication well deserved: Brian Talbott honored at NEWESD event center

    Dedication well deserved: Brian Talbott honored at NEWESD event center

    (BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent) NEWESD 101 dedicates new event center to former ESD superintendent and Chewelah resident… Chewelah resident Brian Talbott was the superintendent of Northeast Washington Educational Service District (NEWESD) 101 for 16 years and will now have his name on the recently constructed 13,000-plus-square-foot event center. “His impact was, continued to be and continues […]

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