Several rounds of snow are expected, roads becoming slick
It’s already looking white out there, but more snow is expected through tonight and into Saturday for the Chewelah area. Several rounds of snow are expected across the Inland Northwest as a whole this afternoon, tonight, Saturday and even through the weekend. The light to moderate snow could make road surfaces slick and covered in snow, so travelers are asked to use caution.
The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a winter weather advisory for snow until 10 a.m. on Saturday. Locations include Sandpoint, Athol, Bonners Ferry, Priest River, Eastport, Schweitzer Mountain Road, Colville, Deer Park, Chewelah, Newport, Kettle Falls, Springdale-Hunters Road, Orin-Rice Road and Flowery Trail road. More
The New York Times is reporting that District 5 US Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers has been tabbed by President-elect Donald Trump to be the new Interior secretary.
The Interior secretary manages America’s natural resources and cultural heritage, while providing scientific and other information about those resources. The Department of the Interior includes the US Fish and Wildlife Department, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The agency also oversees the development of conventional and renewable energy supplies on public lands and manages water in Wester States. More
Clash of the County favors Colville despite pins from Smith and Krouse
By Geno Ludwig/Staff Correspondent
Facing two of the top 10 class-1A teams in the state at the front of the league schedule was difficult for the young Chewelah wrestling team. The Cougars opened their season at Freeman, where they won only two bouts on the mat in losing to the ninth-ranked Scotties by a 54-27 score. Thenon Thursday night, they hosted second-ranked Colville, posting two wins on the mat in a 54-18 loss to the Indians.
Gage Smith and Kaden Mackowiak were Chewelah’s only winners at Freeman. Smith battled to a 4-1 decision in the 138-pound bout. Mackowiak pinned his opponent 35 seconds into the first round. The other 18 Cougar team points came from forfeits issued to Conner Krouse, Dayton Smith, and Wade Baker.
The weather today could bring scattered snow showers to the Chewelah area between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. then a higher chance of snow after 4 p.m. The high for the day will be near 27 and northeast winds will be from eight to 10 m.p.h. Chance of percipitation is 60 percent and the accumulation of snow is expected to be less than one inch.
Here are headlines floating around the new-sphere for Dec. 9, 2016… More
Colville tribe veterans join Standing Rock supporters
According to the Tribal Tribune, Colville veterans have joined the thousands at Standing Rock in support of Water Protector’s resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline from organizers. The Tribune reports 10 Colville tribal veterans traveled from the Colville Reservation to Standing Rock, Friday, along with several thousand other U.S. military veterans. Here is the full story from the Tribune.
Donald Trump Lashes Out at Carrier Union Boss – Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday night to slam a union leader who has been criticizing his Carrier job-saving deal, ABC News reports.
Trump Picks Scott Pruitt, Climate Change Denialist, to Lead EPA – President-elect Donald J. Trump has selected Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general and a close ally of the fossil fuel industry, to run the Environmental Protection Agency, signaling Mr. Trump’s determination to dismantle President Obama’s efforts to counter climate change — and much of the E.P.A. itself.
Powerful magnitude 6.5 earthquake hits off Northern California coast – A powerful magnitude 6.5 earthquake rocked the Northern California coast Thursday morning. The quake occurred about 100 miles off the coast of Eureka, near the Oregon border, at about 6:50 a.m.
U.S. Jobless Claims Decline Signals Still Healthy Labor Market – The number of Americans applying for first-time unemployment benefits fell last week, a sign the labor market remains in expansion mode. Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs across the U.S., fell by 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 258,000 in the week ended Dec. 3, the Labor Department said Thursday.
2 Juveniles Charged With Arson, Suspected Of Starting Deadly Tennessee Wildfire – Two juveniles have been arrested and charged with arson for allegedly starting the fire that killed at least 14 people in east Tennessee last month.
Gonzaga rolls past Washington, 98-71, in Huskies return to The Kennel – The only intrigue during the second half was whether Gonzaga would administer its most lopsided win over Washington in 45 meetings. The eighth-ranked Zags pushed their lead to 34 twice before coasting to a 98-71 victory Wednesday in this one-sided rivalry. Gonzaga’s easiest win over UW was 37 in 1943.
Teen carrying BB rifle causes alarm in North Spokane – Multiple reports of a person walking around with a rifle prompted the lock-down of North Central High School and Garfield Elementary School for a little over an hour early Tuesday afternoon.
Carroll seeks to dispel thought Earl Thomas may retire; Sherman expects him back in ‘17 – The specter of Earl Thomas possibly retiring — which Thomas himself created — continues to hang over the Seahawks.
The National Weather Service are forecasting a 50 percent chance of snow after 10 p.m. on Thursday night (Dec. 8) but a total nighttime snow accumulation of less than once inch is expected. Snow is likely through Saturday night in Chewelah, with lows reaching the low 20s and highs around the freezing mark the next three days. There could be Northwest winds of around 5-7 mp.h. on Friday and Southeast winds of 3 to 5 m.p.h. on Saturday. The chance of snow and participation goes from 50 percent to 80 percent on Saturday, with the snow accumulation expected to be less than one inch.
Local kids connected to mountain resort through program
By Brandon Hansen/The Independent Staff
Chewelah Peak has been a hot spot for winter sports enthusiasts for many decades. Naturally the 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort has generated interest with area youth, partnering with area schools to provide skiing and snowboarding instruction to students. A few years ago, however, shrinking school budgets, liability concerns, and pressure from insurance carriers made it difficult for local schools to continue the partnership.
Fortunately, the 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort continues to offer a special program for youth in the Chewelah, Addy and Valley area. Begun three years ago, the Chewelah Community Ski School offers four consecutive Saturdays of lessons and skiing at a minimal cost.
“We saw there was a bit of a gap with that connection to local youth. With the schools having to take a step back, kids around the area weren’t getting access to the same opportunities as previous generations,” said Rick Brown, 49 Degrees North Director of Skiing and Snowboarding. “With the shrinking budget of local schools, we wanted to make sure local kids still had opportunities to experience the mountain environment. We decided to create something new, and that idea developed into the community ski school, a four-week program with special rates just for area families.”
By The Independent Staff
Results from the November election have been finalized by the Stevens County Election Department. Total voter turnout from 58 precincts was 78 percent (23,735 of 30,047 registered voters) in 2016, which is down two percent from 2012’s 80 percent voter turnout (22,766 of 28,362 registered voters). Despite the percentage drop, 969 more ballots were cast in this last presidential election than in 2012.
The turnout in the 2016 election was up by a considerable amount compared to the 2014 general election which saw 62 percent of Stevens County registered voters cast a ballot (17,800 out of 28,573 registered voters.) In two years from 2014 to 2016, the county gained 1,474 registered voters. More