Patient zero identified in Washington measles outbreak
State health officials have identified the first person to contract measles in the latest outbreak as someone from outside the United States. That person then came into contact with a group of un-vaccinated children. There are now 50 cases of measles in Washington State, with 49 of those in Clark County.
US adds 304k jobs in January
United States adds 304,000 jobs in January, unemployment rate upticks to 4 percent
The US economy economy continues to dish out good news as the country added 304,000 new jobs last month, despite the longest government shutdown on record. It was a record 100-straight months of job growth for the US. It was the most workers hired in 11 months but the unemployment rate did uptick slightly to 4 percent but that could be the effect of the shutdown and traditional end of year/beginning of year trends. Click here for the full story.
Central Washington University put on lockdown, no active shooter found
After reports of an active school shooter on campus, Central Washington University’s campus in Ellensburg was locked down on Wednesday for several hours as university police searched the school grounds. Nothing was found, no arrests were made and no shots had been fired. An active shooter had been reported at about 5:30 p.m. but campus was reported safe at about 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday.
Human composting bill passes Senate
A bill that would make Washington the first state in the US to allow human composting passed the state Senate on Wednesday. According to supporters, human composting is more environmentally friendly than traditional burial methods. Human remains are reduced to organic matter for use in soil and break down over a few weeks. The remnants could then be scattered on conservation land. Click here for the full story.
70-year old woman stabbed in North Spokane
A white male stabbed a 70-year old woman in at north Spokane Albertsons on Wednesday night, just before 10 p.m., the Spokesman Review is reporting. The reason for the attack is unknown and police are looking for a white man between the ages of 45 and 60, 5′ 10″ with a medium build who drove away in a Subaru wagon. The woman is recovering in a local hospital with injuries not considered life threatening. Anyone with info on the stabbing can call Crime Check at 509-456-2233 and use the reference case number 2019-20023071.
FEBRUARY 6-7: First Thursday Art Walk
Enjoy the work of local artists in downtown Chewelah for the First Thursday Art Walk from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7. This month’s featued artist is Matt Booth of Room 101. Booth is a jewelry designer, manufacturer, cigar afficiandao and recently launched his own brand of gin. He will give an Artists Talk at Quartzite Brewing on Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 6:30-8 p.m. Then on Thursday, the art of Ellen Breiter will be at Jean Beans, Katherine Cunningham and Michael McCunn will be at Gather, Danelle Fantasia’s art will be at Hello Gorgeous, Joanie Christian and Kris Mack will be featured at Wildflower and Greg and Dort Prichett will be featured at ChewVino.
• FEBRUARY 7: Thursday Jam at Dan and Jo’s in Valley, 7 p.m.
• FEBRUARY 7: South Stevens County Chamber of Commerce Meeting at Springdale Fire Station, 11 a.m.
• FEBRUARY 7: Ladies Night at Brothers Bar in Springdale, 8 p.m.
• FEBRUARY 8: Karaoke at Brothers Bar in Springdale, 8 p.m.
• FEBRUARY 8: Karaoke at the Chewelah American Legion, 7 p.m.
• FEBRUARY 8: Chewelah Chamber of Commerce meeting, 7-8 a.m., Chewelah Casino
• FEBRUARY 8: Tech Help at Chewelah Public Library, 2-4 p.m.
FEBRUARY 8: Movie Night at the Chewelah Center for the Arts
Stagetime Theatre School will be showing a video of their 2009 production of Seussical Jr. at the Chewelah Center for the Arts at 405 North 3rd St. East at 7 p.m. There is a $3 suggested donation and there will be $1 popcorn and $1 soda.
FEBRUARY 9: Cork and Keg at Chewelah Civic Center
The Chewelah Valley Lions Club will be hosting their annual Cork and Keg event at the Chewelah Civic Center on February 9 from 6-9 p.m. For $40, people can enjoy samples of wine and beer from around the corner in NE Washington or the world. Silent auction and grab bags. Fun times with community members for a good cause, and plentiful gourmet appetizers by Chef Laura Cockrell. Tickets are available at Akers United Drug, the Chewelah Independent offices, Fired Up Pizza, Gather Boutique, ChewVino and Valley Drug. Tickets are also available by calling Ron Washington at 675-3805.