Here are upcoming events for Aug. 17-24, 2017 in the Chewelah area.
Here is Remember When for Aug. 17, 2017…
110 Years Ago – August 16, 1907
Work commenced on the meat market building for Oppenheimer & Kieling. The building will have 14 feet of frontage on Main Street and a depth of 28 feet.
The fire alarm triangle was moved from the vacant lot between McCrea & Davis and J.M. Smith. It is now located on the drug store corner. More
(By Sarah English/For the Chewelah Independent)
Safe viewing glasses available at Stevens County Libraries…
Katie Park, library assistant at the Chewelah Public Library, has been planning the library’s solar eclipse event since February. The event has been in the works for much longer—the last solar eclipse experienced by Washington residents was in 1979. Those under 38-years-old are in for a pretty unique occurrence.
On August 21, the moon will pass in front of the sun. blocking it. The darkness that we see is the moon’s shadow. Michael Allen, an astronomer at Washington State University, told WSU News that “the stars won’t come out, but for about two minutes, daylight will definitely be dimmer.” In Chewelah, those two minutes will occur at 10:27 a.m.
This “once in a lifetime event,” as Park calls it, offers an opportunity to “teach some great STEM activities to the kids about the sun and moon, orbits, sun spots, sun flares, distances and sizes of the sun and moon, tides, phases of the moon, the list goes on and on,” she said. This knowledge will be useful to participants even after the eclipse is over.
(By Brandon Hansen/Chewelah Independent)
Valley Grange celebrates a century as a community mainstay…
Verna Rosenberg was honored at the Addy Grange’s last gathering for being with the organization for 78 years.
The pin she received, however, was for 75 years.
“They don’t have a pin for 78 years,” Rosenberg said with a laugh.
The Addy Grange celebrated it’s 100th year of existence on July 30 with live music, food and refreshments, a program and plenty of friends.
Rosenberg was honored with three others in attendance for many years served with the Grange, which has lasted this long because of selfless dedication from people like Rosenberg and from current Addy Grange Master Bob Egland. More
(By Tim Rasmussen/Stevens County Prosecutor)
Sometime in the past, a home in our county was broken into while the elderly couple who lived there were sleeping. The burglars took several things from the home including jewelry and debit/credit cards. Later, several purchases were made at various locations using the stolen debit/credit cards. Through the use of Wal-Mart’s surveillance video, the persons using the cards were identified.
The use of a stolen credit card belonging to another person is called Identity Theft. There used to be a law that lumped all transactions of a single person’s card into a single unit of prosecution. No matter how much was stolen, it was all one crime and had to be punished that way. The courts created this rule. But because the people did not agree with this law, the Legislature passed another law to specifically respond to this court decision.
The new law provides that each separate transaction of a stolen credit card is a separate unit of prosecution and can be the basis for a separate charge.
This change in Identity Theft law illustrates an interesting point in our system. There are times when judges and the courts make a decision that does not reflect what the people want. Although judges and courts usually do not answer to anyone, the legislature has the power to change the law to make sure judges and the courts get the right idea of how the people want things to be. It is part of the mechanism of checks and balances that maintains the balance of power in our system.
Our founding fathers could see that a system of checks and balances was needed to make sure that the people were never left without a way to control the government or the courts. This is one of the basic elements necessary to maintain the long-term freedoms of the American people. This is part of the mechanism that keeps us free. The power of the state ultimately resides in the people.
Right now we are facing many challenges that test this idea. We need to come together and unite in the face of these threats to our existence. E plurbis unim means from many comes one. We to make that a reality. We are many, but we need to become one to fight the tyranny from outside our borders and the threat of anarchy from within.
(By Chief of Police Mark Burrows)
The Chewelah PD handled approximately 64 calls during the week of Aug 6 – 12. Twenty of the calls were traffic-related and included a collision, traffic hazards, and traffic stops. Officers also responded to an harassment complaint filed by someone who wanted to complain that someone else was being harassed. Several info calls; a report of a protection order violation; an alarm call; three disturbance complaints; civil papers were served; seven welfare check requests; and officers assisted the Sheriff’s Office on several calls near town. One call involved an armed homeowner who’d discovered the doors open on his cars. The armed citizen stood guard over his property until officers arrived to look for the suspect.
You just can’t be too careful these days! Two incomplete 911 calls; three area checks; a custodial interference complaint; two miscellaneous complaints; an abuse report; and a Chewelah officer helped the S.O. arrest a suspect who’d swiped items from Walmart. Many retail thefts are on film these days! A few more assist calls; unwanted persons were trespassed from a business; threats; malicious mischief; an info report; a suspect was booked into the gray-bar hotel on a warrant; and an officer responded to an anonymous noise report at 2300 hrs. The officer responded and discovered a ‘big screen’ TV playing movies and kids sitting in the street watching the flick. Um, that’s against the law and not very smart… Officers helped investigate a DV just south of town; handled a couple MHP calls; an animal problem; a fraud call; and a citizen heard their car alarm at around sunset so they requested an area check. Not a bad idea. Thank you for your support, we’ll see you on the street.
The residents of Chewelah are invited to bring their ideas, suggestions, or even complaints next month to their elected city council members. The Chewelah City Council will hold a open public forum during their regular meeting on Wednesday evening, August 16, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Unlike a regular council meeting where public participation is limited, the open public forum is an opportunity for citizens of Chewelah to discuss any item of interest with the mayor and councilmembers.
The meeting and public forum will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers at 301 E. Clay Ave.
(By Brandon Hansen/Chewelah Independent)
CenterStage will be full for 85th year of the Valley Fair…
What would the summer be without the Valley Fair?
The Valley Fair will be celebrating 85 years of existence this weekend and has a full slate of CenterStage entertainment for you to enjoy.
The fair, held every second weekend in August, is hard to miss in downtown Valley.
Centerstage entertainment in the middle of the Valley Fair will kick off at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Paideia High School music teacher Brian McDougal with wife and piano teacher Hannah will be performing a good mix of music and some classical tunes could find themselves in the early act. More
Here are Stevens County Superior Court Records for Aug. 10, 2017
(By Geno Ludwig/Chewelah Independent)
Despite environmental concerns, Magnesite Plant continues to host business activity…
In 1923, six years after the Northwest Magnesite Company began operating its plant south of Chewelah, a local farmer named John Ehorn filed a law suit against the company. Ehorn owned 106 acres near the plant and alleged that the dust and smoke particles from the plant was destroying his crops and was killing his cattle which ate the crops. He claimed that the dust from the plant’s smoke stacks settled on his land and formed a crust that hampered the growth of his crops. Four of his livestock had died.
Furthermore, Ehorn asked the court to stop operations of the plant until the company fixed the problem.
After the judge personally visited the property and inspected the apparent destruction, the court awarded Ehorn $9,932 in damages to his crops and $1,150 for the loss of his livestock.
The Northwest Magnesite Company appealed the decision, claiming that the amount awarded by the court was excessive and reported that since the suit had been filed it had installed dust arresting devices in its smoke stacks that would prevent 92 percent of the dust from going into the air. The appeal was denied. More