(By Kellie Trudeau/Chewelah Independent)
Get important info in this week’s paper on derailment, fire and city council…
The Independent stays busy throughout the week and this column will allow us a chance to update you on what is going on locally and what you can expect to read in the print edition this week.
Last week proved exciting for Chewelah as our area made regional and state headlines multiple times, and it didn’t even have to do with flooding this time. A OmniTrax train car derailed north of Chewelah at Duncan Road on Thursday. The staff arrived at the office to multiple submissions for the breaking news with photos, and even video of the sight. Thank you to our readers for keeping us in the know.
Since we broke the news on Facebook and Twitter, the post has been seen 20,000 times and shared 245 times. See a complete story in this week’s print edition.
Our very own editor Brandon Hansen was in town Saturday night when a police car sped past with sirens and lights. He followed it to an unexpected sight – a Hansen Logging semi-truck completely engulfed in flames near the intersection of Main Ave and Bernard Street. Chewelah Fire Chief David DeVeau said this one Facebook: “Our guys did an absolutely amazing job of not only putting the truck fire out, but also not letting the house catch on fire…training pays off.” The Facebook post has been seen 16,000 times on Facebook and shared 139 times since it was posted yesterday morning. You can also see the full story on the front page this week.
Other popular items online:
Our editor Brandon Hansen created a great video including interviews for the Valley Little White Schoolhouse project. It’s been shared 70 times since Friday. Check it out on our Youtube page and see all the support this local historical building has gathered.
More to read this week:
Senior Andras Bakken was awarded the Mayor’s Youth Award for April at the Chewelah City Council meeting. See the meeting summary this week.
Our weather has been extreme in all definitions of the word and we are only a week into April. After an extremely cold and snowy winter, the snow piles have finally melted and 49 Degrees North closed for the season yesterday – but more of the white stuff arrived this morning to accumulate at least half an inch in Chewelah and surrounding area.
Last Friday, a big storm of strong winds and rain knocked out power in some areas. And flooding continues to affect our area as well. Lincoln Avenue remains closed as the Chewelah Creek has receded but still overflowing across the street. Highway 395 between Kettle Falls and Colville remains closed for the third week, and the flooding also closed the detour. A new detour along Aladdin Rd adds time but at least allows you to get from Point A to Point B.
What happening at The Independent:
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