Here are upcoming events in the Chewelah area for Jan. 11-Feb. 4, 2016.
JJSHS sophomore Isaac Cochran hosts Monday night program on KCHW
By Brandon Hansen/Chewelah Independent
Every Monday night you can tune into KCHW for both new and old country music.
What you might not know is Jenkins Junior Senior High School sophomore Isaac Cochran is the one running the show.
Having known KCHW’s Scott Schlafman since he was about 8 years old, Cochran has always been interested in radio and now he’s a year and a half into running his own show — Cougar Country — from 6-8 p.m. on Mondays. More
By Chewelah Chief of Police Mark Burrows
On New Year’s Eve a couple from Canada found a dog along 395 just north of town. They brought the dog into Chewelah and contacted an officer. They were worried it would be struck by a car and the dog was placed into impound. The owners of the dog were on vacation and aware that their beloved Heeler was missing. The local veterinary clinic posted a picture of the dog on Facebook and the owners were happy to discover their dog was safe. Happy New Year, Jake!
Study finds pot use increasing in older generations
By Brandon Hansen/Chewelah Independent
The legalization of marijuana in the state of Washington is still something of a new frontier. One interesting note on the budding industry is the fact that the baby boomer generation has increased their pot usage considerably in the past decade.
According to a recent study done by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, usage by adults 50 and up went from 4.5 percent a decade ago to 7.1 percent. This was based on over 45,000 responses to a survey by the NSDRUH.
“Probably the majority of my customers are over the age of 45,” said Ericka Church, store owner of Blowin’ Smoke in Chewelah. “A lot of people are combating arthritis, chronic pain, back pain and other ailments that need relief.”
Fast pleads guilty, sentenced to 40 months
By Jamie Henneman/The Independent Staff
As one of his final acts as Stevens County Superior Court Judge, Allen Nielson sentenced a woman who hit and killed a bicyclist last June to 40 months in jail on Dec. 27. Judge Nielson, who is retiring, presided over the sentencing of Amber Fast shortly after swearing in his elected replacement, Jessica Taylor Reeves.
Amber R. Fast, 28, pled guilty to one count of vehicular homicide after accidentally hitting a bicyclist on HWY 395 outside of Chewelah on June 20. Fast was intoxicated when she hit Jason M. Chambers, 31, who was riding a bicycle on the side of the road in the southbound lane at 11:20 p.m. The June 20 collision killed Chambers and threw the bicycle into the guardrail on the other side of the road.
The standard sentencing range for the crime of vehicular homicide is 78 to 102 months, but a plea deal with the Stevens County Prosecutor allowed for the range Judge Nielson could consider to be lowered in Fast’s case to zero to 102 months. More
Quick hitters for Jan. 2, 2017 – ISIS claims responsibility for Turkey attack, MASH actor passes away, Hawks to face Lions
Here are some headlines rolling around the newsphere for Jan. 2, 2017…
WELLPINIT 57, REARDAN 43
Wellpinit bounced back from their one-point loss to Chewelah for a 57-43 consolation win against host Reardan Friday night. Alfonso Salinas had 19 points and Brandon Flett had 17 for Wellpinit. Wellpinit led 35-23 at halftime. More
Cobb scores 22 points in Cougar tournament victory
By Geno Ludwig/Chewelah Independent
Maggie Cobb spread 41 points over two games as she led Chewelah’s Lady Cougars to the Reardan Lions Club Christmas Tournament championship last week. Cobb scored 19 points in Thursday night’s 52-25 win over Wellpinit. She returned to the floor to score 22 points in the championship game in which the Cougars defeated host Reardan 50-37.
Area basketball roundup for Dec. 29, 2016: Freeman boys lose first game, Carr scored 29 for Springdale
The Freeman boys lost their first game of the season, losing to 2B NW Christian while the Sprindale boys improved to 6-3 with a win over Inchelium thanks to 29 points by Chandler Carr. More