Freeman and Medical Lake boys basketball teams stayed undefeated, while the Wellpinit boys also continued to roll in the first half of the season. Here’s how area basketball games went for Dec. 16, 2016….
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Here’s how the Chewelah basketball teams did last night…
This weekend will be another chilly one for NE Washington. The National Weather Service is reporting that the low tonight, Friday, Dec. 16 will be -3 degrees Farenheit in Chewelah.
While mostly sunny conditions today will bring a high of 15 degrees, windchill values drop that to as low as zero thanks to gusts from the North of 5 m.ph. More
Here are news storys rolling around the internet today for Dec. 16, 2016.
Montana’s Zinke chosen for position instead
Despite widespread speculation, Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers will not be named the Interior Secretary for president-elect Donald Trump.
Political reported that instead of Rodgers, Trump’s offer went to Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke.
McMorris Rodgers is the fourth-ranking Republican in the US House and was said to be the likely choice. She met with Trump on Monday but not details of that talk have been released, she said on Tuesday it was an honor to meet Trump.
She has been named a vice chair of Trump’s transition team.
Jr./Sr. high evacuated last Thursday
By Jamie Henneman/The Independent Staff
A bomb threat from a student at the Jenkins Jr./Sr. High School last Thursday caused an evacuation of the building and a thorough search for any bomb materials. The threat made a challenging week even more difficult for school administrators who also had to address a temporary outage of the school’s boiler system that sent students home on Wednesday.
The Freeman boys improved to 5-0 on the year with a 77-41 victory over NEA League foe Colville on Tuesday. 1B Wellpinit is off to a hot start too, now 3-0 on the season after a win over St. John-Endicott. The Lakeside girls improved their league record to 2-0 with a win over Riverside. Here is our area basketball roundup for Dec. 13, 2016…
Cougars battle in the third, can’t come up with NEA League win
By Geno Ludwig/The Independent Staff
It traditionally takes three scorers in double-digits to win basketball games in the Northeast A League. The Chewelah Cougars have not found that amount of firepower on the floor yet this season.
They have not produced one consistent double-figure scorer, and it has led to three straight losses in league play. More
By Jared Arnold/The Independent Staff
The Chewelah City Council unanimously approved the city’s 2017 budget, along with a list of other year-end necessities, at its December 7 regular meeting. In addition to the budget issue, the council renewed lease agreements with municipal building tenants, a contract for city attorney services, and a contract for planning services.
Mayor Dorothy Knauss was absent from the meeting; mayor pro tem Sharon Ludwig presided over the meeting in her absence.
The approved 2017 budget of approximately $7.6 million includes the following expenditures: General Administration $1,695,112; Street $301,941; Hotel/Motel Tax $16,928; Real Estate Excise Tax $75,090; Pioneer Cemetery $4,000; Capital Projects $1,053,400; Electric $1,913,801; Water $940,225; Sewer $912,751; Garbage $482,953; Utility Deposits $50,000; Shop $117,476. More
Gess Beyond class receives educational robots through donations
By Brandon Hansen/The Independent Staff
The enrollment at Gess Elementary is growing by four, as Beyond program teacher Jeff Kersey is bringing robots to the classroom. After getting kids grades 2-6 interested in technology with coding, he’s taking it to the next level with his students being able to engineer and code robots.
About a week ago, Kersey put a proposal entitled “Rural Robots for Enthusiastic Learners” on
DonorsChoose.org and on Facebook to help raise funds to buy four Vex IQ robots. An hour after posting, a company that makes airbags in Moses Lake – Takata Corporation – contacted the Gess teacher and offered to pay for two of the robots – which came to a total of $605. More