Former Chewelah Cross Country runner Jared Rose ran 50 miles in the North Face Endurance Championships in California this year. In this photo, Rose is nearing the turnaround point of the championship in the Marin Headlands north of San Francisco. The 50-mile trail run featured over 11,000 feet worth of climbing. The distance is the same as running to the Spokane Airport from Chewelah (but that only includes 2,500 feet worth of climbing!) Courtesy photo
Fire began early on Monday morning
Firefighters responded to a shop fire on Thompson Road above Waitts Lake early Monday morning. The fire was called in to responders at 7:23 a.m.
Historic cars had to be removed from the shop as firefighters battled the blaze.
Fire District 4 received mutual aid from the Chewelah Fire Department and Fire District 1 to help put the fire out.
By Dylan Kitzan/For The Independent
It wasn’t one of the most daunting non-conference schedules during Mark Few’s tenure as head coach of the Gonzaga Bulldogs, but it was the most successful, as the Zags wrapped up that portion of the schedule unscathed when they knocked off visiting South Dakota 102-65 on Wednesday, Dec. 21.
Gonzaga let South Dakota hang around during the first 10 minutes of the game, leading just 20-18 early. From there, however, the defense stepped up in a big way, forcing the Coyotes into tough shots and mistakes and that two-point lead turned into a 52-25 halftime lead just minutes later.
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Wellpinit boys now 6-1 on the season
The wins continue to pile up for Wellpinit, and so do the points. For the fifth game of the season, Wellpinit (6-1) has scored over 70 points, this time around it was a 81-46 victory over 1B Inchelium on Thursday night.
Cedric Bowen has 23 points for Wellpinit, while Brandon Flett had 10 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists along with seven steals. Inchelium was led by McKennon Andrews’ 13 points.
Wellpinit led 28-7 after the first quarter and 46-18 at halftime. Inchelium fell to 4-4 on the year.
Inchelium (4-4, 4-2) 7 11 16 12-46
Wellpinit (6-1, 3-1) 28 18 14 21-81
Erickson 8, Finley 2, Flett 3, Garris 6, Holford 3, Seymour 7, Andrews 13, Stensgar 4
Garcia 5, M.Tonasket 7, Pascal 8, Bowen 23, T.Flett 5, B.Flett 10, Salinas 4, S.Tonasket 9, J.Flett 3, Ford, Winn 6
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Sheriff’s Deputies from the Stevens County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, along with child advocates from the Stevens County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and local retailers are working together to brighten this holiday season and make a difference for several local children.
Kiwanis Christmas event gathers toys for 169 children
By Brandon Hansen/The Independent Staff
The Chewelah Kiwanis started Operation Santa this year, switching over from the Tree of Sharing format, and the charitable push to give families in need a great Christmas has gotten a big response from the community.
The Chewelah Operation Santa raised $8,112 dollars this year and the operation had 169 children sign up for gifts. Operation Santa and the Kiwanis were also able to provide turkey dinners for three families. More