US-backed forces close in on last ISIS stronghold in Syria…
Once a major territory holder in the Middle East, the noose continues to tighten around ISIS. Fighting Monday in Syria saw U.S.-backed Syrian forces besiege the last ISIS foothold in the eastern part of the country. ISIS is holding just under two square miles of territory. Syrian Democratic Forces have been taking on ISIS militants holed up in the village of Baghous near the border with Iraq. According to reports, 13 ISIS militants including five suicide attackers were killed and six SDF fighters will kill in the action on Monday. ISIS is employing suicide car bombs, snipers and booby traps in the fighting. Click here for the full story.
Researchers looking for famous ship wreck of Endurance
Researchers on the Weddell Sea Expedition icebreaker, S.A. Agulhas II, broke through heavy pack ice to reach the last recorded position of famous explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance – which sunk over 100 years ago during an ill-fated expedition to cross Antarctica. Researchers will use Autonomous Underwater Vehicles to locate the remains of the final ship, which was crushed by pack ice and sank in November of 1915, stranding the ship’s 28-man crew including Shackleton. They were eventually rescued after a very harrowing and long time out on the ice. Click here for the full story.
Eastern Washington to get another big dump of snow
This weekend’s snow storm was just the beginning as Washington is expecting another big storm. The National Weather Service has issues a Winter Storm Watch ending on Tuesday night, with a system that could bring six to twelve inches to the Spokane area along with five to ten inches in Stevens County. The north center part of the state could see six to 15 inches. Click here for the full story.
State trooper injured from car accident in Spokane Valley
A Washington State Patrol trooper was injured on Sunday night when he was on the scene of a crash and another vehicle passing by struck his WSP patrol vehicle. The trooper was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The car struck the WSP vehicle on eastbound I-90 at the Barker exit. The driver was brought into custody and is expected to be charged with vehicular assault. Click here for the full story.
• FEBRUARY 11: Springdale Town Council meeting at Springdale Town Hall, 7 p.m.
FEBRUARY 11: Strengthening Families for families and youth
A free seven-week workshop that includes dinner and childcare that supports parents/caregivers and youth, foster, happy healthy relationships transitioning into adolescene. Strengthening Families is designed for every family and their youth (ages 10-14). Through interactive activities, games and family projects the program:
-Give youth tools to resist peer pressure and engage in health relationships with their peers.
-Strengthen youth communication and problem solving.
-Provide families with opportunities to recognize their strengths and make social connections.
Classes are Mondays Feb. 11-March 25 with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and workshops from 6-8 p.m. at the Springdale Community Church. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact us at 253-370-9562 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• FEBRUARY 12: Chewelah American Legion Pool Tournaments, 7 p.m.
• FEBRUARY 12: Colville Chamber Luncheon with Russ Vaagen, 12 p.m. at Colville Eagles.
• FEBRUARY 12: Sew-Day of Camas Valley Grange in Springdale, 10 a.m.
• FEBRUARY 13: Senior Lunch Bunch at Camas Valley Grange in Springdale, 11:30 a.m.
• FEBRUARY 13: Karoake at Brothers Bar in Springdale, 8 p.m.
• FEBRUARY 14: Cabin Fever Quilters Meeting at Valley Fire Training Center, 6 p.m.
• FEBRUARY 14: Springdale Womens Club Meeting, 7 p.m.
• FEBRUARY 14: Ladies Night at Brothers Bar in Springdale, 8 p.m.
• FEBRUARY 14: Thursday Jam at Dan and Jo’s in Valley, 7 p.m.
• FEBRUARY 14: VALENTINE’S DAY
• FEBRUARY 15: Karaoke at Brothers Bar in Springdale, 8 p.m.
• FEBRUARY 15: Karaoke at the Chewelah American Legion, 7 p.m.
• FEBRUARY 15: Chewelah Chamber of Commerce meeting, 7-8 a.m., Chewelah Casino
FEBRUARY 15: Singer Series: British Invasion at Chewelah Center for the Arts
Nothing to Lose Productions presents another Singer Series, this time: British Invasion. Local talent will sing some of the best British songs to hit the airwaves. All proceeds from the event on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. will go to the Chewelah Center for the Arts. To buy $20 tickets in advance you can go to Akers United Drug, Quartzite Brewery, The Independent and Valley Drug.
FEBRUARY 15: Valley Warriors Against Cancer Valentine’s Dinner
The Valley Warriors Against Cancer are hosting a Dalentine’s Dinner on Feb. 15 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the American Legion. There will be prime rib and chicken marsala. Desert auction to follow the dinner. Please make reservations with the American Legion at 935-8464 or Darla at 937-4451. All proceeds go to Stevens County cancer patients and their families.
FEBRUARY 15-17: Chewelah Community Arts Show
The Chewelah Arts Guild is gearing up for the 19th Community Arts Show.
And so are area artists. On February 15, 16 and 17, the Civic Center will be filled with the work of local and regional artists of all ages, media and proficiencies. Pottery, wood work, jewelry, sculpture, collage, photography, paintings, drawings, writings and fiber arts will be on display. The panoramic views and beauty in our midst, inspire artists who live and work here. The particular assortment of participating artists and their new selections gives each year’s exhibit its own character. Every Community Arts Show is a unique experience. It is a special treat to share with friends and family, discovering favorite surprises together. Everyone is welcome! Admission and participation are FREE! Visit the Community Arts Show at the Chewelah Civic Center Feb. 15 and 16, 1:00 to 5:00, Feb. 17, 12:00 to 3:00. The Chewelah Arts Guild produces this event with more than 20 volunteers dedicating over 50 hours of service, highlighting the work of 25 to 30 participating artists, as well as student artists from five school districts.