Here’s our collection of photos from Chataqua 2016. Photos were taken by Brandon Hansen, Jared Arnold and Candy Kristovich.
Being selected as “Citizen of the Year” came as a complete surprise to Valley School and Paideia High School Counselor Natalee Reid. “I feel like I’m just doing my job,” Natalee modestly confesses. She sees her positon as a career, but also as an opportunity to fulfill her passion to mentor and advocate for children and families. That passion caught the eye of board members and administrators, who affirmed her worthiness for this special recognition.
Paideia High School Principal Matt Cox commented, “Natalee is a deserving recipient because she has empathy for everyone that crosses her path, is willing to assist with duties outside of her normal responsibilities, and is pleasant beyond measure to work with.”
Teacher and colleague Alyssa Bellevue concurred, “Natalee, or ‘Miss Natalee’ as the kids say, is a true leader in our school. She finds ways to comfort and support all of our students, ranging from lunchtime buddy groups, helping with ASB, to specialized support for students with intense emotional needs. She has also played an integral role in getting PBIS (a positive behavior program) up and running at the Valley School, no small task! It seems like everything we have going here involves Natalee in some way. Because she is so good at what she does, it allows us to be able to have more success with our students in class.” More
For years, Larry Pember has been the voice on the radio giving people of Northeastern Washington a window into local sporting events.
Now he’s hanging up the headphones but has plenty of memories from years of broadcasting to take into retirement.
Originally from Deer Park, Pember went to Eastern Washington University to become a teacher and after graduating from the school in 1960, he moved to California.
“About 75 percent of the kids I went to school with went to California,” Pember said. “That’s where the jobs were.”
And so he taught there for 17 years before moving up to Colville in 1977 after being hired as the head wrestling and golf coach along with teaching english and history. In 1983, he retired from coaching – wanting to sit back and teach. More
Bodie Katzer’s bunt single with two outs in the bottom of the final inning sent Wyatt Accord from third base with the winning run as Chewelah defeated Colville 13-12 in their first minor league game of the summer.
Chewelah went into its last at-bat trailing by two runs, 12-10. Landin Church triggered the come from behind rally with a double down the right-field line. Nolan Jeanneret then walked, putting the tying runs aboard. Accord then tripled to knot the score at a dozen runs apiece.
The squeeze bunt by Katzer with two outs was a gutsy call by Chewelah coach Eric Krausz, but it achieved its intended result, catching Colville off guard. Katzer beat the throw to first base while Accord was scoring the winning run. More
Chataqua is here! Our Chewelah Park is transformed from a green chunk of land in the city limits to a bustling festival. I also will venture to guess that for a few days, the Zipper is the tallest structure in the town. So please get out and have some fun.
If you’re wondering what you should do at the festival, I’ve come up with a handydandy checklist… More
Chewelah’s number two American Legion A-Team is suddenly on fire! The Cougars have won four games in a row and five of their last six outings on the diamond. North Central was their latest victim, beating the visiting Indians twice in sweeping a doubleheader played last Friday. Kaden Krouse batted 6-for-7, including a home run, as he led Chewelah to the two wins.
Krouse doubled and scored in the bottom of the fifth inning and the Cougars held on to defeat North Central 3-2 in the opening game. Krouse’s home run highlighted a late Chewelah rally that produced nine Cougar runs in the last two innings to post a 16-10 come-frombehind victory in the second game. Lukas Kubik scored the first two Chewelah runs. He singled in the first inning, was bunted into scoring position by Nick Dehnel, and scored on Krouse’s double. More
The Chewelah Chataqua Challenge 5K and 10K races will be happening again this year. There are fantastic trophies designed by David Govedere for first place male and female winners of each race and medals and ribbons for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in 9 different categories. The date is Saturday, July 9 at 7 a.m. If you need a registration you can print one off at http:// www.chewelahchataqua.com After opening the page, click on Other Events in the lower right hand corner then go down to Chataqua Fun Run and there will be a link for the application.
You can also pick up a paper copy at Valley Drug. This is a great event to keep you on track to better health and enjoy scenic Chewelah. Make it even more fun by inviting a friend. Hope to see you at the race. If you have any questions, call Denise Smith at 935-6340 or 936-0299.
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Justin Lester wants to give back and he’s already well on his way to doing that. The recent Jenkins High School graduate is going into the ROTC program at Central Washington University after earning a three-year scholarship that will pay for his college tuition after his freshman year of school.
“I’ve always felt interested in the military as a career path,” Lester said. “My mother always told me that happiness is found in giving not taking. In the community I’ve grown up in, I’ve seen people do this lots of times.” More
A round of air quality testing near the Lane Mt. Silica plant in Valley will take as long as 18 months to see if the plant is discharging pollution into the air of the nearby Valley School, according to officials. At an open house event on June 29, representatives from the Washington State Department of Health and the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) were on hand to answer questions about the testing that is slated to begin in August. More
The driver in a fatal vehicle-bicycle accident on June 20 has been charged with one count of vehicular homicide and is being held in the Stevens County Jail on $100,000 bail, according to court records.
Amber R. Fast, 28, was driving southbound on HWY 395 near Indian Ridge Road at 11:20 p.m. on June 20 when she allegedly hit Jason M. Chambers, 31, who was riding a bicycle on the side of the road in the southbound lane. The collision killed Chambers and threw the bicycle into the guardrail on the other side of the road.
Fast pulled over and flagged down another driver, asking him to call 911 and saying she had hit a deer, according to court documents. When Washington State Patrol officers arrived at the scene they noted that Fast smelled “strongly” of intoxicants and said she had hit a deer, not a person, despite a hole in the windshield on the right hand side of the vehicle and other evidence that a person had been hit.
Fast refused a field sobriety test and a warrant had to be obtained from Stevens County Superior Court Judge Pat Monasmith for a blood test to check for intoxicants. Fast is being charged with one count of vehicular homicide. A trial is currently schedule for August 15.
By Jamie Henneman/The Independent Staff