With BOOFEST and Halloween coming up soon, you can enter The Independent’s first Facebook Costume Contest! Just post a picture of yourself or your kids on your own Facebook profile, make sure to hashtag #ChewelahCostumes in the description and you’ll be entered to win! Our staff will pick our favorite youth and adult costumes to be published in the Nov. 3 issue of The Independent. Make sure to post your pictures by 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016. For more information, contact The Independent at 935-8422. Good luck!
The latest news from around the Chewelah Valley
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has suspended its pursuit of the remaining members of a wolf pack that preyed on cattle throughout the summer in northeast Washington.
WDFW Director Jim Unsworth today lifted his previous order authorizing staff to take lethal action to stop predation by the Profanity Peak wolf pack now that most livestock are being moved off federal grazing allotments in the Colville National Forest.
He noted, however, that the department will continue to monitor the four remaining wolves – an adult female and three juveniles – and will renew efforts to remove wolves if they resume preying on livestock this year. More
The Colville National Forest recently completed the installation of 27 food storage lockers at developed campgrounds in Pend Oreille County. These 30 cubic foot metal lockers are designed to provide campers with a convenient place to securely store food and beverages. The idea is to keep hungry bears from being attracted to occupied campsites. Funding to purchase of the lockers was provided by the following cooperators; Conservation Northwest, Defenders of Wildlife, Kalispel Tribe, Pend Oreille County PUD, Scenic Canyons Recreational Services (campground concessionaire), Seattle City Light, and Selkirk Conservation Alliance. More
AAUW forum sparks discussion
By Jamie Henneman/The Independent Staff
Stevens County judicial and commissioner candidates responded to questions about mental health services in the community, jail overcrowding and sentencing alternatives at a candidates’ forum in Colville last Thursday. The event sponsored by the local chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) allowed candidates to respond to the questions from attendees. Many of the questions centered around mental health services available in the county and the response from law enforcement to mental health issues.
When asked what steps county candidates have taken to address mental health issues, the responses were varied. More
Incident highlights overcrowding issue
By Jamie Henneman/The Independent Staff
A recent fight between inmates in the Stevens County Jail over food trading resulted in a broken tooth and stiches for one inmate and assault charges for the instigator.
According to Stevens County Superior Court records, Jesse Spegal and Matthew Snyder got into a fight in the jail on Aug. 30 after Snyder refused to trade cookies from his lunch with Spegal, a practice which is not allowed between inmates.
In response, Spegal made derogatory comments to Snyder before hitting him on the back of the head with his hand and then striking him twice in the mouth with a Bible and punched him. Snyder was taken to the hospital for stitches and a broken tooth.
By Jared Arnold/The Independent Staff
The contract between Chewelah School District and AM Landshaper, Inc. was signed Monday afternoon, October 17, for the improvements at Snyder Track and Football Field. The $654,000 contract was awarded after a competitive bidding process that also included higher bids from WM Winkler Co. and Wuesthoff Excavation, Inc.
A pre-construction conference led by David Huotari of ALSC Architects was held the same day to review project details including site access, construction traffic, quality control, and construction timeline. Chewelah schools Superintendent Rick Linehan, Maintenance Supervisor Steve Savitz, and Business Manager Michele Wright were on-hand to discuss the project with AM Landshaper owners Mark Albin and Tye McGee, SPVV landscape architect Tom Sherry, DCI Engineers’ Stephen Matkin, and Andy Eliason from AllWest Testing & Engineering. More
Key issues for state on the ballot for Nov. 8
By Brandon Hansen/The Independent Staff
Election Day is coming up with ballots due Tuesday, Nov. 8. While the national races that are garnering plenty of attention, the Washington State ballot will have several important initiatives that you should look at. Here’s a general summary of each initiative proposed in this election’s voter’s pamphlet. More
The Chewelah Chamber of Commerce and the City of Chewelah have partnered together to bring the Jewels of the Northwest commercials featuring Chewelah on KXLY! During the days of October 24 through 28, one featured Jewel a day will air during Good Morning Northwest from 6 to 7 a.m., during the Rachel Ray and Harry shows from 3-5 p.m., and during News from 6 to 6:30 p.m. with a total of five different Jewels. In addition to the week-long airing of these commercials, we will also receive ownership of each video to utilize in the future to help promote Chewelah on different Social Media platforms.
Our featured Jewels will focus on outdoor beauty, winter sports, arts and entertainment in the park, golf course, and community. Our hope is that these commercials airing through KXLY will promote Chewelah and our hidden beauty that is still unknown to many in the surrounding areas bringing more tourism and people to our awesome community!