(By Kellie Trudeau/Chief Copy Editor)
Happy Easter to all, don’t forget to catch this week’s Easter Egg Hunt photos on the front!
We hope everyone had a great Easter as many churches celebrated with multiple Holy Week services, some even at sunrise yesterday morning, with others providing Easter breakfast.
Yesterday many community youth also participated in the big Kiwanis Egg Hunt, which was a the Barbour Complex this year because the city park is still soggy. It was a well-attended and worthwhile event. Valley Grange also hosted their Easter Egg Hunt and breakfast on Saturday.
Now here’s a quick summary of news events that took place this week – see this week’s issue of The Independent to get the full story.
Washouts caused road closures in nearby counties a caverns formed in places near Inchelium and Barstow. Check out the unbelievable amount of damage in photos featured on this week’s front page.
A motorcyclist died in a highway accident on the north end of Chewelah Tuesday night when he struck the back of a vehicle. Speeding was cited as a cause by the Washington State Patrol.
A Colville School District school bus, contracted through First Student, was hit by a semi turning left onto Highway 395 from Williams Lake Road last Friday morning. The driver was sent to the hospital with serious injuries and couple of the 25 students on the bus were also admitted for minor injuries. The road was reopened in the afternoon. See more information this week.
The portion of Highway 395 between Kettle Falls and Colville that was shut down for flooding for three weeks finally reopened Thursday night but then was shut down the next morning due to the school bus accident. Williams Lake Road was once again served as the detour route. The road reopened Friday evening.
On Sunday a house at Loon Lake caught fire. Fire District 1 stated on Facebook that it was first reported as a garage fire. It was fully involved when the first crews arrived and had extended to the residence. A second residence also became involved due to heat and flame exposure. District 1 crews were assisted by Spokane Fire District 4, Stevens Fire District 4 and Deer Park Ambulance. The fire remains under investigation.
Also check out The Independent Sports section in print this week. Here’s a teaser for what you’ll find:
Jenkins High School freshman Lily Kirry broke the school record for the 300 meter hurdles at the Pasco Invite this weekend. The last record was set in 2009 by Rebecca Johnstone.
Last week, the Cougar Baseball team beat Newport last week but had their first league loss to Deer Park this weekend. Chewelah Softball swept Selkirk. The Chewelah tennis teams beat Newport but split with Riverside, girls won and boys lost.
The Independent will be on local newsstands as early as Wednesday and in local mailboxes by Thursday this week, April 20. Check Facebook and our website every Monday evening for a quick summary of news events from the past week and hear about what’s coming up in our next print edition.