Chewelah Farmers Market celebrated the final day of the season on Friday, Oct. 19 with their annual Harvest Festival. Betsy Kessler won the Biggest Pumpkin Weigh-in with her 305-pound monster. Sitting on the giant pumpkin are the Pumpkin Bowling champions (l-r) Shelly Stevens (adult division), Ellie Plunkett (10 and under), and Justin Peterson (11-15 division). Jared Arnold photo
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KCHW’s Boofest 2012 is shaping up to be a wonderful family event, so be sure not to miss it! It’s happening on Friday, October 26 with events going on throughout the evening! Here’s a schedule of events so that you won’t miss out on any of the spooktacular fun:
• 4-6 p.m. – Trick or Treating at local businesses
• 6 p.m. – Food service starts at Civic Center generously provided free of charge by the Chewelah Kiwanis Club!
• 6 p.m. – Hay Rides begin, provided by Sweet Meadows Farm
• 6 p.m. – Costume Contest at the Civic Center
• 7:30 p.m. – Awards and drawing for Passport Trick-or-treating winner and Jack-O-Lantern Contest Winner
• 8-11 p.m. – Monster Mash! (games will continue throughout the night)
Boofest begins with trick-or-treating at local businesses from 4-6 p.m. A “Boofest Passport” that will have a map of all participating businesses will be available in the October 25 edition of The Independent. At each stop children will get a “stamp” on their passport to show which businesses they have visited. Children who get ALL the stamps completed in their Boofest Passport will be eligible to enter their passport into a drawing for a prize!
There is also a window decorating contest for area businesses! Windows must be decorated in a Halloween or Fall theme and be completed by October 20. The prize for the window decorating contest is a sponsorship package on KCHW 102.7 FM valued at $200! For a small donation the Chewelah Arts Guild has offered to help with window painting too! If you would like some talented help with your windows please contact Kay Comer-Lupton at 509-936-2010. Please let us know if you plan to participate in the window decorating contest so our judges don’t miss your window!
For more information or if your business/organization would like to participate in Boofest 2012 please contact KCHW at 935-6627 and leave a message or contact Schelley at 509-675-2613. Businesses and organizations with no storefront or in out-of-the way locations will be able to set up tables at KCHW across from the Civic Center. See you at Boofest!
Well Chewelah, we did it, another summer come and gone. A successful and productive one at that! Especially for The Chewelah Youth & Community Foundation (The CYC Foundation for short). We added a new night to our Game Nites (Wednesdays from 3-5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 5-9 with dinner on Friday at Abundant Life Fellowship); The Chewelah Kiwanis Club threw a benefit concert/cook out in the park us in June; we had our Annual 4th of July Bash; and made repairs to the City Skate Park. Now school has started and we look to the holidays.
We know Halloween is almost on us with BooFest the Friday before Halloween. Then of course Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s Christmas that draws our attention and it’s the reason for this article. You may have guessed, we’re kicking off the ‘Chewelah Tree of Sharing 2012.’
This year, we will have a full two weeks extra of sign up time. That should allow for a less hectic finale to the present drive, and of course it means more families will have opportunity to sign up! Like year’s past, the drive is open for ALL families in our zip code (or phone number prefix of 935]! Families can sign up all children living in their house from newborn [if a child is due before Jan. 1 of 2013, you can sign them up) to age 18. As in years past, we will ask for family name, contact info, children’s age/gender (children’s names NOT necessary) present ideas, clothing size, etc. We also provide winter hats (homemade beanies) and gloves. We also hope to have new or lightly used winter coats donated and blankets! (That requires donors coming through with coats and blankets for us to provide … )
Sign up sheets will be located at the office of The Independent (on Main St. next to Ace Hardware), The Lost But Found Thrift Store (also on Main St) as well as at The CYC Foundation’s Game Nites at the Abundant Life Fellowship.
Schedule for this year:
Sign ups: Wednesday, Oct. 3 – Friday, Nov. 16.
Tags will be available at The Independent as soon as we get one full sheet of sign ups, but no later then Wednesday, Nov. 7.
Last day to pick up tags will be Wednesday, Dec. 5.
Present pick ups: Wednesday, Dec. 19 and Thursday, Dec 20 from 1-5:30 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 21 from 1-7 p.m. at Abundant Life Fellowship.
On Friday, Dec. 21 will also be The CYC Foundation’s Annual Christmas Party from 5-9 p.m. at Abundant Life Fellowship, EVERYONE is invited to attend!
This great present drive always proves a great success thanks solely to the generosity of our donors (both private and business donors, some from out of our area even!). For last year’s business donors, you can look on our website: www.TheCYCFoundation.org (in fact, there is a lot of great info on us on the site, check it out!). We are always in awe of this great cities desire to reach out and help one another and look forward to that trend to keep happening this year and for years to come.
If you wish to donate, and receive a tax write off reciept, make a check payable to: Abundant Life Fellowship with a memo for Tree of Sharing [the church is a 501[c]3 which means they can provide a tax receipt, where as we are not yet a 501[c]3). Cash donations are also accepted. Both checks and/or cash can be dropped off at any sign up location.
Items for donation are best to drop off at Abundant Life Fellowship during their business hours and/or during Game Nites, but smaller items can be dropped off at sign up locations if all else fails. As the present drive gets underway, we’ll keep you up to date with more articles!
Thanks for everything Chewelah!
Submitted by Jason Marin, The CYC Foundation
Despite the $250,000 setback in the general fund budget, the Chewelah City Council plans to continue funding the city pool for eight weeks in 2013 using the entire pool/park reserve. This, among other city budget issues, was discussed during the third city council budget session on Oct. 8.
The current park/pool reserve funding would add $26,815 to the 2013 general fund budget.
In 2012, pool funding was originally cut from the budget, however, community members donated $22,000 towards keeping it open for eight weeks. It was in operation from July 9 to Aug. 31 and brought in $10,000 in revenue, but required $47,000 to run during that time.
City Administrator Mike Frizzell said they can keep the pool going for the next year, although it operates at a loss, but its condition will keep deteriorating if major issues are not addressed. For example, it loses 2,500 gallons of treated water each day due to an unidentified leak that may be very costly to repair, Frizzell said.
He said one of the 5 or 6 major contributors to the 2012 pool donation told him, after seeing its current condition, that they may not have donated if they had been aware of all the issues.
Councilwoman Dorothy Knauss suggested the council create a citizen advisory committee to look at the condition for themselves and make a recommendation to the council what to do after considering everything.
Councilman John May says that swimming lessons are the most important part of keeping the pool open to keep people safe with so much lake activity in the surrounding area.
The city council plans to increase water and sewer taxes in 2013 from 15 to 17 percent and add a 17 percent garbage utility tax. With the additional taxes, general fund revenues will increase by about $80,000.
So, with the cuts to library funding and eliminating certain positions discussed at previous budget meetings, the city council has found a way to cut approximately $230,000 annually from the budget. Frizzell said they can make it work for the year as he sees no where else to make cuts.
The budgeted general fund annual expenditures totaled $1.5 million in 2012 with a projected ending balance of $140,000. For 2013, the projected ending balance would be $147,000 but that is without spending any money on capital projects.
Positions that may be cut include a library position, public works position, and executive secretary position.
Lasko suggested reducing public works staff even further. However, the other council members seemed in consensus that they did not agree and Frizzell also advised against it.
Gary Nussbaum, public works supervisor, said they will lose services if more employees are lost. They already have to use employees from all city departments to help plow the roads in the winter, he said.
Knauss said she would rather lose the pool before any more employees. Lasko said he was assuming they would not have the pool and still need to cut.
Nussbaum said the budget for road surfacing remains the same as last year to include basic repairs for dust control and chip seal. However, major repairs will be needed as the roads continue to deteriorate.
In reference to the city proposing to cut all library funding, Amanda Six, the director of the Libraries of Stevens County, explained to the council that the library district has an interest in keeping the Chewelah Public Library open in 2013 part-time.
Six said the district board of trustees wants to create an interlocal agreement with the city to allow residents use of the library although they are no longer funding it. In the agreement, the city would provide the use of the current library building for the next three years, through 2015, even if the city votes to annex into the library district.
Annexation would give the city residents an additional layer of taxation for the Libraries of Stevens County to provide those services the city has funded in the past.
The building value, estimated at about $37,000 a year, would equal the contribution the city would have normally funded the library at in 2013 if promised for three years.
The building value is estimated to include rental rate per square footage. Insurance, utilities, and janitorial services are also included but are expenses the city would have had incurred either way.
The interlocal agreement will also include a commitment from the city to put the option for city residents to annex into the district on the April 2013 special election ballot, which could cost up to $5,000.
The district will have to pull an additional $50,000 from other parts of their budget to keep the Chewelah library open about three days a week versus six days a week, Six said. That would be in addition to the $100,000 they already allocate to it each year.
Councilwoman Carra Nupp said she hopes the public understands that they are not wanting to close the library, but instead have found other options to be able to reduce the budget and keep a library in the community.
The next and final budget meeting will be Monday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. in the Chewelah City Council chambers. The next city council regular meeting is scheduled for Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m.
By Kellie Trudeau, The Independent Staff
A five-week long karaoke contest has helped bring business and revenue back to the Chewelah American Legion by offering five large cash prizes totaling $1,600.
Whispering Ridge Ent., LLC and Davis Financial and Development, LLC are sponsoring the amateur singing contest where first place will be awarded $750, second place: $450, third place: $250, fourth place: $100, and fifth place: $50.
The first two nights of competition were held on Sept. 21 and Sept. 28 and the contest continues on Friday, Oct. 5 and Friday, Oct. 12.
The top two singers (and any tie scores) from each night move on to “Finale Friday” on Oct. 19 to compete for the five cash prizes donated by Sandy and Teresa Davis of Davis Financial.
Whispering Ridge Ent. based out of the Cusick foothills has donated all the karaoke services along with associated expenses.
Owner Linda St. John said they planned this event as a way to support the American Legion and bring revenue back to the club so they can continue supporting the community and veterans through programs they offer.
St. John said the event has worked better than they imagined. The Legion has been “packed house” so far.
“It’s not just huge,” St. John said. “It’s turned gigantic.”
The event has brought the legion business during other nights as well since Whispering Ridge has been running practice nights on Saturday for anyone to take the mic.
The competition is open to anyone 18 years and older and contestants are free to choose their own song. Any spectators are welcome to watch the show at no cost. Warm-up and open mic will begin at 6:30 p.m. prior to the contest start and is available to anyone.
The first 25 people to register for the Karaoke contest and pay the $5 entry fee, which helps offset costs of the event, by 8 p.m. on each competition night get to sing for three judges who score them based on voice, singing ability and presentation of song.
The contestants draw numbers at random to determine their performance order and performances start at 8:30 p.m.
Four singers advanced from the first night, with three ties for second place: Leslie Masuda of Chewelah, Jaime Carlson of Colville, Steven Carlson of Colville, and Marlana Francis of Spokane. And two advanced from the second night: Lindsay Phillips of Spokane Valley and Sandy Hafer of Mead.
St. John said karaoke is popular because “people love it” and it “really is fun.” It is a positive activity that is as much fun to watch as it is to participate in, St. John added.
“I have had many exciting experiences with it over the years,” she said.
So far in the contest, they have seen a lot of talent coming from all over Stevens, Spokane and Pend Oreille counties.
“The judges said they had no idea judging would be that tough,” St. John said. “Some sang the song better than the actual singer.”
Teresa Davis of Davis Financial also said, “It’s surprising me how well its going over.”
Teresa and Sandy Davis are semi-retired and own their own financial lending company near Seattle they can operate from a remote location, which allows them time to visit Chewelah every summer.
Sandy Davis is a member of the Sons of the American Legion while Teresa is a member of the Legion Auxiliary.
They built a house on the Chewelah Golf Course about eight years ago and noticed this past June, when returning to town, that business at the legion has gone down since they first got involved.
So the Davises got together with Whispering Ridge Ent. to find a way to “pump life back into the legion,” Davis said.
Davis said the contest not only benefits the legion, but also the contestants who win the money as it will stay local. The event also boosts legion and community morale as well by giving the community something fun and safe to do on Friday evenings, she said.
Mike Ludwig, 1st Vice Commander for the Legion, said they have been very appreciative of what the contest has done for the club,
It has been good for promoting the legion and showing people how they have improved the hall in the past few years. It’s also been good for getting people back in and recruiting new members.
“It’s been a huge success,” Ludwig said. “It’s better than I could have expected.”
During the evening on Finale Friday, Whispering Ridge Ent. and Davis Financial will also host a raffle with various prizes available. The proceeds will go to support local American Legion scholarships.
For more information or to reserve a spot in the contest, contact St. John at 509-671-1437. Visit whispering101.wix.com/ karaoke to keep up on the winners each week and find out how many openings are left for the remaining contest nights.
By Kellie Trudeau, The Independent Staff
Chewelah Mayor Clancy Bauman has recommended cuts that will affect the employment of five personnel to help reduce the $250,000 deficit in the general fund for Fiscal Year 2013.
Bauman proposed his recommendations at the Sept. 24 Chewelah City Council budget work session as the council continues to search for ways to reduce the general fund expenses due to recent state audit findings that ruled it illegal to transfer excessive surplus from the electric utility to the general fund.
The general fund serves departments such as police, fire, streets, parks, library, museum, cemetery and administration. The water, sewer, garbage and electric departments maintain separate budgets.
Bauman proposed cutting the city secretary position, which is paid $20,000 in wages and benefits through general fund while $49,307 is split up among the utilities for billing services and similar duties. If the position is cut, City Administrator Mike Frizzell said existing administrative staff would absorb the duties, such as grant writing and program planning.
Frizzell also said they would move the administrative offices to the same area as the electric department staff so they can work together to make sure city hall is always staffed.
Councilman John May argued that it is easier to train someone on a piece of equipment rather than asking someone to make up for a lack of secretarial experience. May said he believes that public works can maintain the same level of service with less employees.
Frizzell said they currently can not keep up with the level of street maintenance they should because of the lack of man hours available in public works. The duties the secretary does would continue with less staff, however cutting someone from public works would reduce services, Frizzell said.
Bauman also recommended eliminating the park/cemetery/mapping position to save the general fund $46,000. He said although it is a valued service, it is not public health or safety related. The non-critical duties will be eliminated while others will be assumed by remaining staff with the option of having a short-term hire in the summer.
The remaining wages and benefits paid through utilities for both those positions will help balance those budgets as well since they have undergone so many cuts in the past, Frizzell said.
Bauman recommended reducing base electric charges by $6.60 to make the base charge an even $2.
He also recommended adding a 15 percent garbage utility tax to generate an additional $50,000 in the general fund. The tax would cost each customer $2-3 per month, which would still mean a savings of more than $4 for the customer each month.
The water and sewer is already taxed at 15 percent, and electric is taxed at 6 percent but increasing electric tax takes a public vote.
If each tax is raised one percent, to 16 percent for water, sewer and garbage, then it would add an additional $13,000 to the general fund. Furthermore, increasing it to 17 percent would mean an additional $26,000 to the general fund and the customers would still be saving about $2.70 a month.
Councilman Nick Lasko said he favors more taxes over losing services because the city rates are already very low.
“We can’t still provide this level of service while living this cheaply,” Lasko said. “We can’t have it both ways.”
Carra Nupp said if there is no community programs like the pool and library, kids get into trouble.
“How much more can we take from them? There’s not much left,” Nupp said.
Frizzell said the reason to keep taxes low would be to allow residents the ability to afford annexing into the library district since the council has proposed cutting all library funding in 2013. They currently fund it at $100,000 while the Libraries of Stevens County also contributes $100,000 for some staffing, management and all materials.
Annexing into the Stevens County library district would add another taxation onto the residents at 39 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, or about $50 a year for the average property owner within city limits. Since it is publicly voted issue, Frizzell said it gives residents the option to decide whether they would like to support a library. Reducing the electric bill would give citizens the ability if they choose that direction.
By eliminating funding to the library ($100,000), the contract position for building cleaning and maintenance services ($12,000), city secretarial position ($20,000), adding a 15 percent garbage utility tax ($50,000), eliminating non-essential park and cemetery maintenance duties to be absorbed by other staff ($46,000) that still leaves $26,000 that Mayor Bauman said would have to be reduced in the law enforcement department by means of cutting hours from last hired position or cutting an entire position.
Councilwoman Dorothy Knauss suggested that they should use reserve funds before cutting anything else to allow another year of time before having to make those decisions.
Lasko said the short-term solution to postpone cuts for one year while depleting reserve funds is not a responsible solution.
Chief of Police Troy Anderson asked that the council maintain their current level of staffing with five officers in addition to the Chief.
Often times there is only one patrolman on duty and sometimes they cannot respond to all calls with the current staff. Anderson said a majority of his department’s budget goes to the judicial system to pay for 911 services and the county jail in Colville.
Councilman May asked if the chief could work as a full-time patrolman. Although he takes some shifts as needed, Anderson said the administrative work that is required is too great to eliminate his position.
The council discussed a letter received from Sunshine Disposal and Recycling to purchase the garbage utility for $70,000. The council members seemed in agreement that would only be a short-term fix for the year and not worth it since they would have to find way to cuts in the next year while losing control of the garbage rates in the process.
Bauman said they have talked to seven attorneys about the possibility of opposing the state auditor’s ruling to stop transferring funds from the electric utility to general fund. However, they all recommended not to pursue it because of the expense and unlikeliness that the ruling would be in favor of the city. Also, if they rule against the city, they might end up requiring the city to pay back everything taken from the electric utility in the last 20 years.
Frizzell said they are asking Rep. Shelly Short to request an opinion on the matter from the Washington State Attorney General, but does not expect to receive a favorable opinion.
The next Chewelah City Council meeting will be Wednesdsay, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. The next budget work session will be Monday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m.
By Kellie Trudeau, The Independent Staff
The Chewelah School District plans to run a capital bond proposition for a 7-12 building remodel at Jenkins High School in February 2013, Superintendent Rick Linehan announced at the Sept. 19 school board of directors meeting.
Renovations may include a new auditorium, gymnasium and additional classrooms to fit in the additional two grades. However, project details will not be finalized until the December meeting when the resolution for the bond proposal will be voted on in time to put it on the February election ballot.
The project will be considered part of a K-12 complex as Gess Elementary is so close in proximity to Jenkins High School and more opportunities are available for funding when considering all buildings together, Linehan said.
The total estimated project cost would be $19,200,000 although the school is eligible for a 51 percent state match for $9,750,000. State match funding has already been paid to the state by voters and used for new construction or modernization of school facilities.
The Chewelah school board approved a D-3 application form for the project approval for state assistance at the September meeting to be able to use last year’s enrollment numbers. Enrollment continues to decline.
The school will then propose a long-term bond for $9,398,000 in February. If approved for 20-year bond, it would cost district residents $1.54 per $1,000 of assessed property value each year.
The board also approved a resolution for new construction in lieu of modernization to certify that existing facilities, the Jenkins Middle School building, will only be used while the JHS building is under remodel. Once the renovations are complete, the district promises to remove all K-12 education from that building, which is over 100 years old.
Linehan said they chose to do a 7-12 remodel versus a K-8 school because they receive more state match for a 7-12 building. Also, the programs that will be using additional facilities, like a new auditorium, have a higher need at the high school rather than grade school level.
The school board reviewed the results for the phone survey conducted in July by Construction Services Group at a special work session on Sept. 6. Overall, those surveyed were positive about a K-8 or 7-12 building. About 60 percent said they would support a bond for either situation.
They had 112 surveys completed, which is representative of the voter population for the district size, Linehan said.
However, since only 30 percent of those surveyed had children or grandchildren in the district, Linehan said they need to recruit more parent voters to make a positive difference during the eleciton.
The school board approved to hire Tara Anderson and Melissa Church as the Varsity and JV high school volleyball coaches. They also hired Kevin Kernan as head cross-country coach, Sky Griepp as a part-time replacement contracted teacher, and Carol McMillan as a new bus driver.
Stephanie Fox resigned as a high school JV girl’s basketball coach, and the board posted for the open position. Jason Norman resigned as a high school assistant football coach and that position has been posted for as well. The board also posted for a 8th grade girl’s basketball coach and two after-school para educators for Jenkins Middle School.
Student handbooks for all schools were approved by the board.
Linehan said they are working with the Libraries of Stevens County to possibly help keep a library open in Chewelah for the next year as the city plans to cut all library funding for 2013. Linehan said he has applied for a grant to keep the school library open to the community after school hours. He said using it for a community facility may help them appeal to more voters when the bond goes up for approval.
By Kellie Trudeau, The Independent Staff
ITo help make up for a $250,000 loss in the general fund, the Chewelah City Council plans to eliminate funding for the Chewelah Public Library beginning 2013.
The reduction in general funds is due to the recent state audit finding, which no longer allows the city to transfer electric utility funds into the general fund as they have done for many years. The electric funds are only meant to be used for electric maintenance, improvements, and needs of the electrical department.
At the first budget meeting on Sept. 10, the council decided to make public health and safety their first priority when finding a direction for making significant cuts. This includes fire, police and street maintenance. Water, sewer, garbage, and electric departments all have separate funds and maintain their own budget outside of the general fund.
Frizzell said it is the obligation of the city to keep citizens safe and no council member, although many understand the needs of the library, thought that library services were more important than police and fire. Frizzell said it comes down to “books or police officers.” Funding the library at any more than zero dollars would force the city to cut one or two officers, he said. The city employs six officers including the Chief of Police.
Eliminating the library would give back $100,000 to the general fund.
The city library is not entirely funded by the city as they contract with the library district for management and one staff member. The city pays for one employee, the building and upkeep.
Some council members suggested contracting police services with Stevens County Sheriff’s Office, which would eliminate the city police department and save money. However, many thought that it would be a lot less service for not much less cost and emergency response times would increase.
Frizzell said he believes that there are other ways to keep the library in operation. Letting the citizens vote on whether to annex into the Libraries of Stevens County would give them the choice to say if those services are important to them, he said. Annexing would add another layer of taxation onto the citizens and would put the regional library district in control. If the residents were to vote to annex into the district, that would not be in effect until January 2014.
Frizzell said there may be possibilities for the city to let the district use the current building and be open a few days a week until more funding is found.
Many county residents use the library as much as the city residents, he said. It is the second busiest branch next to Colville’s library as it is central to the county.
It might also be possible in the future to annex the city fire department into Stevens County Fire District 4, however that cannot be done by year end when the budget is due as the proposition has to pass before eliminating that service.
Frizzell said that administration has also decided to end George Eberth’s event manager/building maintenance contract in December, which will make up another $12,000 in the general fund. It will also give back $18,000 to the electric fund since the contract is split between both departments. Frizzell said he and other office employees may have to take on maintenance duties in city hall.
Since the electrical department has been supporting the general fund for so long, they have not been able to keep up with the regular maintenance. Frizzell suggested they give $150,000 back to the electric department and the other $100,000 back to the customers by reducing the base electric charge by about $6, which is currently at $8.60 per month. The council members agreed.
To make up another $50,000 in the general fund budget, the council has considered adding a 15 percent garbage utility tax. There is currently no tax on garbage services. Taxing these services is a legal way to raise revenue to the general fund. All city residents are required to use city electric, water/sewer, and garbage. Water and sewer are already taxed at 15 percent.
The additional tax would cost customers about $2 or $3 each month, Frizzell said, however they will save $6 on the base electric charge.
So cutting Eberth’s contract, adding a 15 percent garbage utility tax, and cutting the library would reduce the $250,000 debt in general fund by about $162,000. The other $138,000 would have to be made up in cutting personnel and that decision is solely up to Mayor Clancy Bauman. However, the criteria that the council has set for keeping public health and safety the priority will guide Mayor Bauman’s decisions.
Other suggestions for budget savings included furloughing employees, taking away benefits and selling property.
Councilwoman Sharon Ludwig suggested the city furlough employees to keep more employees on as they all seem necessary. However, Frizzell said they could put those numbers together but the employees who work for general fund are limited and they are already working more hours than they are paid for. Many employees are paid through the electric fund already.
Councilwoman Carra Nupp suggested that they look into costs of employee benefits to be able to keep more people on staff as well. However, that would require union negotiations and not a likely solution, Frizzell said.
Mayor Clancy Bauman said they should sell the pool for a low price because it is so expensive to maintain. The pool costs the city more money than it brings in each year.
The next budget meeting will be Monday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. The next city council meeting is Wednesday, Sept 19 at 6:30 p.m.
By Kellie Trudeau, The Independent Staff
Jeremy Bryant, 35, was arrested on Friday by Stevens County Sheriff’s Deputies at his home in Kettle Falls in connection with the death of 62-year-old Narleen Campton.
Campton was found murdered in her Northport home on November 26, 2011. A neighbor called police and reported finding Campton dead in her home after not hearing from her for a few days. Her neighbor checked the house and contacted the Sheriff after finding Campton dead.
According to the Sheriff, Bryant was booked into jail on a charge of 1st Degree Murder following his arrest in connection with the Campton case.
Bryant made a preliminary appearance in the Stevens County District Court before the Honorable Gina Tveit on Monday where bail was set at $500,000.
Colville attorney Jim Irwin was initially assigned to represent Bryant and they will appear next week for arraignment in the Stevens County Superior Court. Formal charges have not yet been filed.
In result of unexpected press regarding fines for not having the proper permits to sell hamburgers at the park, Justin Peterson has raised more than $700 for Inland Northwest Honor Flight.
Peterson, 12, received national exposure after Spokane’s KREM 2 News reported (on Aug. 9) that his family was fined over $100 by the Tri County Health District at the Rev It Up for the Vets Car and Motorcycle Show on Aug. 4 for operating a fundraiser without a temporary food establishment permit.
The Petersons were issued $170 in fines immediately prior to selling hamburgers; $100 for not having the permit, $45 to get the permit and $25 in late fees for not getting the permit two weeks in advance. Justin’s father, Larry Peterson, said they did have food handler’s cards and were not found to be in violation for proper food handling.
The Petersons raised $1,100 in profits that day from selling wristbands and hamburgers and the fine would have been about 20 percent of their proceeds. However, Dave Windom administrator at the Northeast Tri-County Health District, told KREM 2 News that board members have agreed to pay the fine to support a good cause.
According to the Temporary Food Establishment application packet from the Health District, the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) requires that vendors, individuals or groups planning to hold or participate in an event, in which food will be served to the public, must obtain a temporary food service permit.
It can be in a mobile unit, in a booth or a permanent kitchen as long as it is no longer than 21 consecutive days.
Next time the Petersons do a similar fundraiser they would get a $22.50 discount on the permit since they qualify as a non-profit.
Peterson said he understands that there are rules and knows it was a legitimate fine, but Justin was pretty down about it especially because they work so hard to keep costs low so that all the money goes toward Honor Flight.
After sending a few emails out to close friends, the story spread and KREM2 news interviewed Justin about it. The story was then seen on other news sites and Internet blogs within days such as the Huffington Post and New York Daily News.
In result, it raised awareness for Inland Northwest Honor Flight as many people contacted Peterson to offer their support and purchase $5 wristbands.
The Inland Northwest Honor Flight is an organization that sends World War II veterans throughout the region to see their memorial in Washington D.C. They have already sent 475 veterans on flights and only have 140 more to send. It costs $1,000 to send each veteran and about 35 go on each flight of which there are two more scheduled for 2012.
Larry Peterson said once they have completed those flights, they plan to transition to taking veterans from the Korean conflict.
Justin Peterson has raised more than $27,600 since starting his class project fundraiser in 2010. His original goal was $600.
He just attended a picnic for Inland Northwest Honor Flight on Aug. 26 where he presented another check to the organization for $1,645 and sold another $485 in wristbands.
Contact Peterson on his Facebook page, JP4 Vets, or email email@example.com to order wristbands available in half inch and one inch widths for $5 each. $4.49 from each sale goes to Honor Flight.
By Kellie Trudeau, The Independent Staff