Nine local fire departments and 70 different firefighters gathered in Colville two weeks ago for the Stevens County Fire Chiefs Training Conference, learning and exchanging valuable training to help better prepare area responders for fire fighting situations. More
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The Walter E. Goodman Museum in Chewelah will begin regular summer hours Friday, May 27, 2016.
Hours of operation for Memorial Day Weekend are:
Friday, May 27, 2016-10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday, May 28, 2016-10 a.m. -2 p.m.
Sunday, May 29, 2016-10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Monday, May 30, Memorial Day, 2016-10 a.m.-2 p.m. More
Chewelah area veterans will conduct services at nine Stevens County Cemeteries on Monday, May 30. Prayers, flowers, gun salutes, and ‘taps’ will honor those who gave their lives in defense of our country.
Veterans and SAL who wish to be part of the services should be at The American Legion Hall at 8:15 a.m. The ceremonies will take place at the following cemeteries at the following times:
Addy – 9 a.m.
Summit Valley – 9:20 a.m.
Chewelah Pioneer – 10 a.m.
Chewelah St. Mary’s – 10:15 a.m.
Chewelah Memorial (Hwy 395) – 10:40 a.m.
Valley – 11:05 a.m.
Jump Off Joe – 11:25 a.m.
Forest Center – 11:45 a.m.
Springdale – 12:05 p.m.
The Springdale Women’s Club will host a light lunch at the conclusion of the Springdale Services.
Flags Over Chewelah will fly July 4
If you want to get a personalized flag included in the inaugural flying of Flags Over Chewelah on July 4, 2016, be sure to get your order form submitted soon to project organizer Del Barber Jr.
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”reg” ihc_mb_template=”-1″ ]Barber reported last week that over 75 flags have been sponsored by local families or individuals and nearly 100 flag holders have been installed in Main Ave. sidewalks.
Barber orders the flags from the office of Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers and all of the flags are flown over the Capitol building in Washington D.C. before being delivered to Barber with Certificates of Authenticity.
The first holiday scheduled for the flag display is Independence Day (July 4) and then the flags will be displayed during the Chataqua parade (July 9). The flags will be displayed from early morning to late afternoon on ten holidays every year, including Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Patriot Day, Columbus Day and Veterans Day.
Each flag sponsorship costs $85 and applications can be picked up at The Independent, 401 S. Park St. Suite A, or contact Barber directly. Barber can be contacted via the “Flags Over Chewelah” Facebook page or by calling 509-936-1685.[/ihc-hide-content]
Tri County Economic Development District (TEDD) is pleased to make available gallery space at its Colville office for area artists to display their work to the public. TEDD knows that the arts is an important part of a vibrant economy, and is happy to turn the conference and meeting facility into a venue promoting local artists.
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”reg” ihc_mb_template=”-1″ ]“We are excited about showcasing local artists here at TEDD because of their unique perspective on our communities,” says Jeff Koffel, Executive Director.
Gallery TEDD’s first featured artist is Gail Johannes of Chewelah, WA. Gail currently has 13 of her pieces displayed in the main conference room, including original watercolors and mixed-media works.
More can be learned about Gail and her art at gailjohannesarts.com. The public is welcome to come view displayed art during regular business hours, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
TEDD invites artists interested in displaying their work to download an application packet from the Tri County Economic Development website, www.tricountyedd.com. The Gallery TEDD committee will be looking in particular for works that convey a sense of Northeast Washington, but all art- paintings, sculpture, mixed media, etc., will be considered. For more information, call Tri County Economic Development District at 509-684- 4571 or visit www.tricountyedd.com.
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Washington state’s taxable retail sales grew 7.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015, reaching just over $35.9 billion. Retail trade, which is a portion of all taxable retail sales, rose 4.7 percent to a total of $16.2 billion in that same time period of Oct. 1 – Dec. 31, 2015.
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”reg” ihc_mb_template=”-1″ ]Taxable retail sales in Stevens County were up nearly 1 percent at $108.9 million, compared to $107.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. In Chewelah, taxable retail sales were nearly even at $8.8 million while Colville saw a 2.8 percent increase to $52.9 million, compared to $51.5 million a year earlier.
The data comes from a quarterly analysis of tax return data by industry provided by the Washington State Department of Revenue (Revenue). The reports compare the same quarter year-over-year to equalize any seasonal effects that would influence consumer and business spending decisions.[/ihc-hide-content]
Letters of nomination for Chewelah’s Honored Citizen of 2016 will be accepted until Friday, June 3, 2016, by the Chewelah Chamber of Commerce Honored Citizen Committee.
Candidates must be over 18 years of age and live in Chewelah or the immediate surrounding area. Letters should briefly outline the reasons the person is being nominated: community service; developing a special project to improve the community; or a specific segment, as in children, disabled, senior citizens; along with some background information.
The Honored Citizen will serve as Grand Marshal of the Chataqua Parade and be honored at CenterStage during the Chataqua opening ceremonies on Thursday, July 7, at 6 p.m.
The 2016 Honored Citizen will also be added to the plaque on display at the Chamber of Commerce office and will have a brick installed at the Historic Niche at Chewelah’s City Hall.
Letters may be mailed to: Chewelah Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 94, Chewelah, WA 99109, or dropped off at the Chamber office at 401 S. Park St. Suite E.
By Jared Arnold/The Independent Staff
State of Washington vs. Melissa Sue Crain.
State of Washington, Department of Labor & Industries vs. Pedro E. Zarate. Tax warrant.
Kimberly Ann Haskell, petitioner, Casen Edwin Armstrong, respondent. Parenting plan.
Mandy Belle Fierro, petitioner, Esteban Jose Fierro, respondent. Dissolution.
Barbara B. Pavack, petitioner, James A. Pavack, respondent. Legal separation.
Goodale & Barbiero Co. vs. Brett Graham. Unlaw detain.
Shane Eric Mykines, petitioner, Don Crise, respondent. Domestic violence.
Brandon Eugene Meiers, petitioner, Rebecca Louise Meiers, respondent. Legal separation.
Gregory Lee Henley, petitioner, State of Washington, respondent.
Sheri Lee Denison, petitioner, Lenord David Denison, respondent. Domestic violence.
Earla Jean Bayne Gariepy, petitioner, Douglas Powell Gariepy, respondent. Legal separation.
Dennis Patterson vs. Timothy Rasmussen, Lech Radzimski, Jessica Taylor-Reeves, Kendle Allen, Loren Erdman, Allen C. Neilson. Misc.
State of Washington, Department of Labor & Industries vs. George Allen Gonzalez, Joyce E. Gonzalez, Home Repairs & Construction. Tax warrant.
Estate of Rickey A. Lunsford, deceased. Will only.
State of Washington vs. Colton M. Chism. Assault 4.
State of Washington vs. Leslie Paul Deville.
State of Washington vs. Wayne Michael Miller. Burglary second degree.
State of Washington vs. John Edwin Karas. Theft 2>$750
State of Washington, Department of Revenue vs. Shotgun Trucking LLC. Tax warrant.
Tracy Lynelle Russell, petitioner, Juliana M. Russell, respondent. Dissolution.
Estate of Roy A. Ames, deceased, Will only.
State of Washington vs. Keith Bernard Hopkins Jr. Theft 2 >$750.
State of Washington vs. Mariah Lea Valencia-Luis.
Lindsey Salinas, a sophomore at Wellpinit High School on the Spokane Indian Reservation, is the new eastern Washington student representative to the Washington State Board of Education. She will attend the May 2016 meeting in Yakima, and will be sworn in at the July 13-14 board meeting in Spokane.
“I’m excited to join the State Board of Education as a student board member,” Salinas said. “I can’t wait to see the difference I can make for Washington students. I hope my participation can encourage other youth in eastern Washington to make a difference in their communities and across the state.”
Lindsey values practices to preserve her culture, including beading traditional jewelry and conversing in Spokane-Salish. She hunts, fishes, cuts and smokes wild game meat, digs for brown and white camas root, collects moss, and picks huckleberries for the elders’ traditional dinner during cultural week.
Lindsey has always had a passion for leadership. She is Associated Student Body President of her high school, participates in JROTC, captains the varsity volleyball team, serves on the safety committee, and mentors children at Back to the Earth STEM Camp and the local youth center.
“The entire Wellpinit School District and community is proud of Lindsey. As an educator, watching her grow into such an outstanding student leader over the past eight years has been truly rewarding. Lindsey will provide a new strong and passionate voice on the State Board of Education. She’ll also bring many ideas and strategies back to our school to help us continue our growth,” Wellpinit High School principal Kris Herda said.
Salinas’ appointment is the result of a competitive application process that culminated with panel interviews of potential candidates conducted by students from the Association of Washington Student Leaders Executive Committee. More information about SBE board members can be found on the SBE website.
Board membership calls for two student representatives, one from eastern and one from western Washington. Salinas replaces outgoing eastern Washington student board member Madaleine Osmun, a senior at Mt. Spokane in Mead, who will complete her two-year term with the Board at the May 11-12, 2016 meeting in Yakima. Salinas joins current western Washington student representative Baxter Hershman, a senior at Gig Harbor High School. Hershman has just completed his first year as a student board member.
-Submitted by Washington State Board of Education