Here are letters to the editor for Aug. 17, 2017…
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(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 the two lethal removals will discourage depredation on livestock.
This comes after WDFW announced to the public on July 20 that public non-lethal deterrence efforts were not working against the Smackout Pack and they had approved lethal removal. The agency had record five depredations by the wolf pack since September of 2016.
The agency has not confirmed any more wolf depredations on livestock since the last recorded attack on July 22.
All three cattle producers are still using nonlethal deterrents after the WDFW has recorded depredations on their stock on Sept. 21, 28, 29, 2016 and July 18, 22, 2017 on federal grazing allotments.
It was a move that was criticized by the Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association on Friday.
“SCCA has received reports that the two wolves killed were pups, which isn’t likely to slow down the efforts of the adult wolves that are able to cause the most damage,” the press release reads. “This ‘incremental’ removal approach by WDFW has failed in the past and is likely to fail again.”
The Association said that once a wolf pack begins preying on livestock, the behavior is impossible to reverse. More
(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 change in policy is last fall’s Hirst decision by the state Supreme Court to require counties to approve all well permits, including exempt wells.
The memo was provided to the Columbia Basin Herald by Republican state Senator Judy Warnick of Moses Lake.
This policy applies to Washington Federal dealing with wholesale loans – which are loans that go through brokers – and no consumer real estate loans which are made directly by Washington Federal and its customers. In order to secure a loan, a borrower would still need to get a certificate from the county saying that they have adequate water rights.
The fallout from the Hirst decision has led to both chambers of the state legislature unable to pass a $4 billion capital budget because they can’t decide on a fix for the Hirst decision.
Local state representative Jacquelin Maycumber said that a lender limiting loans on real estate is one of the many results of the Hirst ruling.
“As these properties are devalued, we are going to begin to see a tax shift on our property taxes,” Maycumber said. “As home and business owners we are going to have to pay for the lost values of these properties.”
Maycumber said that the McCleary decision regarding funding of education will also be affected.
“The state’s education mandate is balanced on these property values for basic education,” Maycumber said. “Hirst will begin a ball rolling in rural Washington that will affect everyone. Restricting the exempt wells that come from the same aquifers that municipal water is drawn from unregulated, has nothing to do with the environment or water. It is solely based on control.”
Local state senator Shelly Short said that she was not surprised by Washington Federal’s response given that building permit moratoriums have been issued by some local counties in response to Hirst.
“Frankly, why would any band lend money for home development without the certainty of water?” Short said. “This is already having a chilling effect on development in rural Washington.”
Short said the timing for this “court-created uncertainty” couldn’t have come at a worse time for property owners and families trying to become home-owners in communities around the state that lack available housing while recovering from the recession of 2008.
“This is one more reason that the Hirst decision cannot be allowed to stand,” said Short.
(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 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 montetizing 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.”
This comes after community members weighed in at a meeting last week with many city leaders in attendance.
At the meeting, Belknap asked people to fill out forms to show if they’re interested in helping with the effort to fix the Chewelah pool which has been closed since 2013.
City Administrator Mike Frizzell and Mayor Dorothy Knauss were also at the meeting and answered questions from people attending. Knauss clarified recent news that the city would not be pursuing federal grants for the pool. She said it was her understanding that the city council had agreed to give Belknap and a pool foundation — if created — two years to find a way to fix the pool, and that the city would not provide funds for the project because Belknap said it would not cost the city money.
(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. “They are all great kids. I have worked with them now for four years, and they are a great group of guys, and I believe they are hungry to win.”
Some Cougar fans might be thinking: ‘What’s a NAPA car parts store owner doing coaching a high school basketball team?”
“I’m a late bloomer,” McMillin laughed. “I never thought I’d have the patience for this. However, after five years of helping with the program, I came to the realization that I really like coaching.” More
(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 that the maximum age humans may live is 115 years, whereas others argue that 125 years is possible.”
“A hundred and twenty-five years of watching Republicans and Democrats going at it? The heck with that.”
“Living is rife with challenges, to be sure. But living a long life has its upsides. Wouldn’t you want to visit your parents and other family members for a lot more years than most of us are able? Wouldn’t you like to see them all at a Sunday dinner several more times than most human beings are able?”
(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 facets of life. You’ll note when people are putting together governments they use things like the U.S. Constitution and the Parliamentary System as inspirations and not the flaming dumpster that was the Nazi Germany government.
Let’s take a look. Here are the things that the Nazis aren’t good at: More
Jean Scott Hergesheimer 1923-2017
I was born in Mabton, Washington to Charles Lincoln Scott and Clara Casement Scott on September 22, 1923. A midwife came to our house and delivered me at 2:30 p.m. Back then your birth certificate listed the occupation of your parents. Dad was listed as a ”Grain Man” and Mama was a “housewife.” Dad was 50 when I was born and Mama was 38. We lived in Mabton in my younger years and then Dad bought some land at Daisy, Washington. We lived on a hill overlooking acres of farmland and timber. My brothers Elmo, Ivan and Wayne, sisters Thelma, Ruth and Hazel had the best of times together. Dad and Mama scraped out a living on our land and we had a childhood filled with love. My Dad passed away when I was 9 years old, leaving Mama with 7 children to raise. Our house was small with one bed. Usually at night time, 5 of us would pile into the bed to sleep. I went to grade school in a one-room school at Daisy, riding my horse side saddle to school each day. Days of snow, wind and cold were brutal on horseback but that was how I got to and from school. I loved school, wore a dress every day. My school books and lunch bucket were in my saddle bag. After completing 8 years of school at Daisy, I then got to ride the bus to Columbia High School at Hunters, Washington. I was pretty shy and didn’t know anyone at this new school. After school each day I had chores to do when I got home. Get the wood in for the night fire, wash the dishes and do my school work, which was usually reading. Mama and I would sit by the barrel stove in our house and read by kerosene light. My mama was so sweet and kind, she and I were very close. More
R.A. “Bud” Rail 1944-2017
R. A. “Bud” Rail passed away on August 3, 2017 in Spokane, WA after a hard fought battle with lung disease. The youngest of 12 children, he was born on September 1, 1944 in Colville, WA to Fred and Lindaett (Price) Rail.
After his father’s death, the family moved to the Waitts Lake area of Valley, WA. They then moved into “town” where he attended school, graduating in 1962 with the last class of Valley High School. Bud married Bonnie Richardson in 1964. In 1970 they returned to Chewelah after time spent in Kellogg, ID, Kettle Falls and Valley with their two daughters. Most of Bud’s working career was spent out of Laborer’s Local #238 in Spokane. He was employed by many companies in the area in the building trades and in road construction as well. His favorite, of course, was Schoenberg and Kaiser, right here in Chewelah. Local projects included the “new” Safeway on Hwy 395, Bank of America, Jenkins High School, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Stevens County Courthouse add-on facility. He retired from NWA in Addy after 13 years of employment with them.
His family was the most important part of his life. They, in return, will miss his quirky sense of humor and his ability to put pieces and parts of anything together to make it functional.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, Leroy, Edward and Richard; and 3 sisters, Anna Mae, Sharon and Alfreda. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Bonnie; daughters, Lisa (Mike) Niblock, Salem, OR, Rosa (Lyle) Lehrbas, Chewelah, WA; 4 grandsons, Jayson Rail and fiancé Megan, Spokane, WA, Jack Niblock, Salem, OR, Mark Niblock, Salem, OR and Dean Lehrbas, Chewelah, WA; sisters, Midge (Mel) Dugger, Spokane, WA, Lois (Bobby) Thompson, Waitts Lake, WA, Liz Jones, Bonners Ferry, ID, Doris Smith, Waitts Lake, WA, Jewel Leliefeld, Loon Lake, WA; sisters-in-law, Betty Thompson Rail, Priest River, ID and Ramona Richardson Clavel, Wheaton, IL and many nieces and nephews.
At his request, no formal service will be held. Memorial contributions in Bud’s honor may be made to Stevens County Habitat for Humanity or the Chewelah Community Float Organization.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory have been entrusted with the arrangements.