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The teachers at Summit Valley School decided to have a focus on linear measurement for the 2015-2016 school year. In spite of not being quilters, we thought making a school quilt would be just the creative, math rich project we were looking for! We turned to our community for help in reaching our goal.
We received donations of fabric from the Colville Quilt Guild and members of the Summit Valley community. Each student designed a unique eight inch square block. The younger students created striped blocks with the fabric of their choice. Their blocks were cut and sewn by volunteers. The older students designed blocks with certain geometric figures dependent on their grade level. Grades three and four practiced sewing with the help of volunteers and the loan of sewing machines from our local 4H. Grades five through eight cut and sewed their own blocks with help from local Summit Valley craftswomen. The quilt was pieced and quilted by Summit Valley community members. Special thanks to Mavis Bowe and Elaine Tolson for piecing, bordering and binding the quilt.
It was a joy to see how the fruits of all of our individual labors came together to create such a beautiful representation of our school and our community. We are very grateful for all of the support we received in completing this project. Our quilt will be a part of the upcoming Chewelah Quilt Show.
-Submitted by Summit Valley School
Lights burning in Brad Schwartz’s garage until midnight or 3 a.m. are not a sign of forgetfulness. Chances are he’s still up working on several collages, prints, or paintings.
The Spokane mixed-media artist will be bringing some of that work to a new show opening Thursday, June 2 at Trails End Gallery in Chewelah. He’ll talk about his art the previous evening at the Quartzite Brewery, an event also open to the public.
“My wife Helen and our kids (Olivia, 14, and Rowan, 10) will notice maybe five new pieces on my work bench some mornings and say ‘when did you do these?’ The answer is usually ‘last night’,” Schwartz says.
A website and graphic arts designer at KHQ, Schwartz finds time to create art by adding hours to his work day. He’s been doing that ever since completing his degree in printmaking and painting at Ohio Wesleyan University in 1994.
There was no doubt he would return to Spokane, where he was born and raised, he says.
“Not only is Eastern Washington a great place to live and raise a family, it’s also a landscape that’s inspiring to an artist.”
Leading his Cub Scout den on weekend hikes, he makes quick sketches or photos of flora and fauna that may become subjects for prints or paintings: a mullein weed, a wildflower, a burned tree, a knotted rope.
The resulting art is “a brief snapshot in time that puts a viewer, just momentarily, in my place. I lend others my vision—an insight into my feelings for the landscapes that surround us,” Schwartz says. The title of his Chewelah show, “land(e)scapes,” hints at that experience.
The show will feature prints made with Schwartz’s favorite techniques: intaglio and relief printing. With intaglio, the artist carves marks on a metal printing plate, forces ink into the grooves, and prints either by hand or with a press. Relief prints are usually made on wood or linoleum blocks and produce a high-contrast black-and- white image without the broad range of tones possible in an intaglio print.
Scrolling through images on his website, www.baschwar.com, you’re struck by the variety of subjects that interest him—some art-related, some personal. There are local landscapes, magnificent cloud formations, VW Beetles, a pulled-pork sandwich, a raven, and dry flies from his tackle box, to name a few.
“I do more fishing than catching,” Schwartz jokes, “but for me the repetitive motion of fly-casting is a mind-clearing process. It allows me to refine ideas in my head about art I’m working on.”
The Schwartz home is overflowing with art, much of it made by fellow artists in a “Baren Forum” he belonged to. Schwartz would make 30 identical prints, send one to each of the other 29 members, and receive back a version of the same theme by each artist. The ideas generated by their techniques and approaches have been valuable, he says.
Schwartz says he’s looking forward to showing his work in Chewelah.
“I love this little town, it’s so beautiful the way it nestles under Quartzite.” He also looks forward to eventually making the transition to full-time artist, but that’s another story.
For information on the 5-8 p.m. opening at Trails End Gallery, June 2; and Brad Schwartz’s 7 p.m. lecture at Quartzite Brewery on June 1, contact Tim Nielsen at 503-516-8355. The gallery is located at 101 N. Park Street. Trails End Gallery, 101-B N. Park Street, will be open during the June 16 Taste of Chewelah Art Walk sponsored by Chewelah Arts Guild.
By Robert Nein/Chewelah Arts Guild
Griffin Stroyan, JR Steele and Jennah Earl will be represented Jenkins High School this week at the Washington State 1A Golf Tournament at Liberty Lake. The trio advanced through sub-district and district qualifying meets over the past two weeks and now will competed in the season finale Tuesday and Wednesday.
Stroyan led the Chewelah boys with a score of 80 on the Hangman course last Tuesday, May 17 at districts. His nine-hole scores were 39 and 41. He had five pars and birdied hole number 4, a 374-yard par 4, on the front side. Coming in, he had three pars and birdied number 12, a 404-yard par 4.
Griffin finished in second place for the two days with a score of 183.
The sub-district and district scores were added together to determine the seeding to state.
Steele finished in sixth place with a two-day total of 177. On Tuesday he scored 90, with nines of 43 and 47. He got off to a great start with pars on his first two holes. He finished the front with five pars and a birdie. He birdied number 5, which is a 610-yard par 5. The back nine, however, proved more difficult for Steele. He managed only two pars and shot 47.
Earl shot the low score for the Chewelah girls. Her score of 104 gave her a two-day total of 205, placing her tied for fifth on the leaderboard. Her two nines were 51 and 53.
“The Hangman course is pretty long for the girls,” explained Coach Brian Harting, “which caused the scores to rise a little.”
KorieLynn Atwood-Gertsch shot 109, with nines of 50 and 59, and placed ninth. She will be the alternate for the girls at state. Owen Baldwin shot 108 and finished in 19th place. His two nines were 53 and 55 in district play.
Garrett Allen shot 105 and finished in 23rd place. His nines were 54 and 51.
Bryce Harris shot 112 and finished in 24th place. His nines were 58 and 54.
The Northeast-A League had 13 boys’ and 8 girls’ entries into this year’s State 1A Tournament.
“The boys’ team improved nicely throughout the season,” said Coach Harting. “I am really proud of all of them. They were playing their best golf at the right time. We finished second in two of the last three league matches and then finished second as a team at districts.
“The inexperience of our last three boys kind of showed at the end. They did a great job and hung in there for the team score, but individually they just need more practice playing at different courses in the area. I watched them making good decisions and trying to make the right shot several times during their rounds. It just didn’t work out every time.”
The Cougar girls finished in sixth place at district last week.
By Geno Ludwig/The Independent Staff
At the beginning of this season, coach Tom Skok predicted that his Lady Cougars would have to beat Colville, Lakeside, or Deer Park in this year’s district tournament in order to secure a berth into the upcoming state softball tournament.
As he anticipated, all three teams joined the Cougars for the final day of the district tournament in Colville, with only three of the four teams advancing to the state finale.
Unable to produce sufficient boom in the batter’s box, Chewelah lost to league leaders Lakeside and Colville last Friday, dissolving their dream of continuing play in Richland this weekend. The Cougars had only eight hits in the dual losses.
With Brooklyn Rainer’s two-run homer in the first inning, the Lady Cougars led Lakeside 2-1 through the first four innings of Friday’s opening game. However, they could not swat the hits they needed to hold back the Eagles in their later at-bats, eventually losing 7-2.
The day’s second game was similar. The lack of Chewelah hits left the Cougars on the short end of an 8-2 score, allowing Colville to grab the district’s third and final ticket to the state tournament.
Haley Kuk, Jamie Eide, and Rainer had the only hits against the Indians in the evening’s loser-out game. Chewelah never faced Deer Park, a team it had beaten twice during the league season, at Vaagen Park. The upstart Stags upset Colville 6-2 in their first game on Friday, earning a reservation in the championship game.
Chewelah 7, Freeman 2
Larissa Sweat and Haley Kuk combined to bat a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate as they led the Chewelah Cougars to a 7-2 victory over Freeman on Tuesday evening, eliminating the Scotties from this year’s district softball tournament. Sweat went 3-for-3 with a double. She batted in Kuk in the second and fifth innings and scored a run.
Kuk batted 2-for-2, slapping leadoff singles in the third and fifth innings and scoring twice. Her first hit ricocheted off the Freeman pitcher’s foot and into shallow right-field.
Jaelynn Skok earned the pitching win for the Cougars. She threw the entire seven innings, striking out six Scotties and stroking two hits.
In the sixth inning, she struck out the side in order.
Chewelah did all of its scoring in two innings, bringing home five runs in the second and two in the fifth. The Cougars had runners in three other innings who were left on base.
Kuk led off the second inning with a walk and was batted in by Sweat’s double into the right-center-field gap. Kennedy Robison’s single up the middle brought Sweat home for a 2-0 Chewelah lead.
Bailey Smith hit a blooper behind second base to score Robison, and Skok’s long single off the tip of the glove of a Freeman outfielder sent Smith home. Jamie Eide then hit a single into left-field to score Skok.
The five consecutive Cougar hits gave Chewelah a 5-0 lead at the end of two innings of play.
Kuk’s single over second base triggered a two-run rally by the Cougars in the fifth inning. Morgan Hopkins followed with a walk to give Chewelah a pair of baserunners. Sweat brought Kuk home with her third hit of the game. Hopkins was batted in by Robison for a 7-2 lead.
That score held through the remainder of the game as Chewelah advanced to the second round of the district tournament to face Lakeside.
The Cougars made some noteworthy defensive plays to limit Freeman runs. Shayla Hartill went back to the center-field fence to make a catch in the third inning with two Scottie runners on base.
Robison sprinted into the deep hole between first and second bases to make plays on a grounder and a fly ball. Eide hustled to field a short bunt and make the throw to first base in time for the out.
Altogether, the Chewelah defense made 14 put-outs. At the plate, the Cougar gals batted .393, going 11-for-28 with two doubles. Freeman batted 4-for- 25, a .160 average against the Cougars.
In Tuesday’s second tournament game, Deer Park eliminated Medical Lake 11-1 in six innings.
Seniors Shayla Hartill and Morgan Hopkins played their final games as Chewelah Cougars on Friday. The remainder of team will return next softball season.
By Geno Ludwig/Staff Correspondent
Tuesday, May 17 Results
Chewelah 7, Freeman 2
Cougars: 050 020 x = 7 11 2
Scotties: 001 010 0 = 2 4 0
Cougar pitching: Jaelynn Skok and Haley Kuk. Win – Skok.
Cougar hitting: Larissa Sweat 3, Jaelynn Skok 2, Haley Kuk 2, Bailey Smith 2, Jamie Eide, Kennedy Robison. 2B – Skok, Sweat.
Saturday, March 21 Results
Lakeside 7, Chewelah 2
Cougars: 200 000 0 = 2 5 2
Eagles: 010 042 0 = 7 12 0
Cougar pitching: Jaelynn Skok and Haley Kuk; Loss – Skok.
Cougar hitting: Brooklyn Rainer, Haley Kuk, Shayla Hartill, Jamie Eide, Bailey Smith. HR – Rainer.
Colville 8, Chewelah 2
Cougars: 000 002 0 = 2 3 2
Indians: 014 003 0 = 8 12 0
Cougar pitching: Jaelynn Skok and Haley Kuk; Loss – Skok.
Cougar hitting: Jamie Eide, Brooklyn Rainer, Haley Kuk. 2B – Rainer. HR – Eide.
District 7 Softball Tournament
Game 1: Chewelah 7, Freeman 2
Game 2: Deer Park 11, Medical Lake 1
Game 3: Lakeside 7, Chewelah 2 (winner to state)
Game 4: Deer Park 6, Colville 2 (winner to state)
Game 5: Colville 8, Chewelah 2 (winner to state)
Game 6: Lakeside 11, Deer Park 10 (championship game)
Sometimes lost in the hubbub of today’s internet is just how you get your information. We take it for granted that everything is “free” and we should have access to it. The problem is, the people finding, aggregating and checking the validity of this information are working just like any other profession.
A respectable news site – not a blog that occasionally updates with someone’s slanted view – is the culmination of hard work from a trained group of journalists. While anyone can open a website, these sites can have a wealth of untrue stories, outright lies and misinformation with little accountability.
The Independent is the oldest newspaper in Stevens County, serving Chewelah and the surrounding areas since 1903. The newspaper industry is currently going through a transitional phase as more and more people put down the paper and pick up a smartphone, tablet or laptop.
People want quality journalism for free. However, when you think about it, what other industry would you expect someone’s product and services for free?
Information is everywhere and it’s easier to consume than ever. The problem is the cost to get this information and convey it into a news article hasn’t gotten any cheaper.
Newspapers have made the change by providing websites for people to keep up with the community they live in. Through the years, newspapers have tried different models to monetize these websites, as like any other service you run into, the people getting the news also have to make a living.
The Independent has recently launched a new website thanks to the hard work of LaVigne Design Group. Our website is much easier to navigate and can feature a multitude of stories that our old website could not. On top of that, the updates and stories on the website will be updated as much as possible to keep you in touch with the Chewelah community.
Another addition to the website is a paywall. Readers for some stories will have to be a subscriber or buy a subscription. This is a common model by many other newspapers and we’re implementing it because – simply enough – it costs money to produce the news.
The Independent is extremely lucky to have a large subscriber base. Chewelah has been extremely generous in subscribing to the paper as we have 5,060 readers a week while serving our base community of 2,600 people. We’re very grateful for the support that we’ve received from Chewelah and Stevens County throughout the years.
Our paywall isn’t for everything on the website. We’ll still have a select number of important news stories and features open to everyone. We’re also not going to put sports stories behind the paywall because we don’t feel we should charge high school students to read about how they did. You will still be able to get your news from our website, but if you want the full experience of picking up an Independent, we’re just asking you subscribe as well.
Chances are, if you’re reading this, you are already a subscriber. Thank you! If you go to our website you can register as a user and get full access to the site at no additional cost. If you aren’t a subscriber, please sign up for one as it’s only $23 dollars a year if you live in the county.
We feel our coverage and our work is worth the few dollars a month as we strive to bring you the best coverage we can of your local town. Our website is where it’s always been at www.chewelahindependent.com and will continue to be tweaked and changed to bring you the best window into our community.
By The Independent Staff
Americans still enjoy freedom of religion. But these days, they’re expected to leave their faith in the pew or at home — not allow it to influence their behavior in the public square.
The founding fathers didn’t take that view. “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports,” George Washington said. “In vain would that man claim tribute to patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness.”
Yet many do, in fact, work very actively to undermine these pillars. That’s why I was honored to join the Ethics and Public Policy Center recently at its 40th anniversary event. EPPC’s motto is “defending American ideals since 1976.” But what really makes its contributions so invaluable is that it’s defending ideals that date back two centuries before that.
The good news this Memorial Day weekend is more than 38 million Americans are expected to travel making the unofficial kickoff to summer this year the second busiest on record.
AAA reports nearly 34 million people across the nation will be driving which is up by 2.1 percent over last year. Air travel is expected to increase as well with 2.6 million Americans taking to the skies.
I recently had an occasion to visit Chewelah, where my Mom and Dad were active community members and where my three siblings and I all grew up and went through the school system. It was my first visit since 2008 when I returned for my 40th high school reunion. Since Mom passed in 1998 I have only returned three times. I had driven all night from Vancouver, WA to support my old friends Mark and Jane Foos as Mark presided over his mother’s graveside memorial service. More