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Collision near Deer Lake turnoff puts two people in critical condition

A collision near the Deer Lake turnoff on Highway 395 on Monday evening resulted in two people being critically injured and Life Flight being dispatched. Highway 395 was closed for several hours as various local agencies responded to the incident. According to a Washington State Patrol press release, drugs and alcohol was involved in the accident. Click here for the full story.

FEATURED NEWS

  • COLVILLE BASEBALL: Indians earn doubleheader sweep

    COLVILLE BASEBALL: Indians earn doubleheader sweep

    (STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent) Colville takes down 3A North Central in doubleheader… The baseball season finally got underway for the Colville Indians on Saturday, when they played a pair of games against the North Central Indians in Pomeroy and notched their first two wins of the year. In the first game, the offenses needed a couple […]

  • WSP doubling Gov. Inslee’s security detail for president campaign, with costs totaling $4 million

    WSP doubling Gov. Inslee’s security detail for president campaign, with costs totaling $4 million

    (STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent) Inslee did not ask for additional security… The Washington State Patrol is planning on doubling the size of Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s security detail at a cost of more than $4 million for two years to help accomodate his run for U.S. President. WSP is expecting more out-of-state travel and will assign […]

  • McMorris Rodgers calls for Mueller report to be made public

    McMorris Rodgers calls for Mueller report to be made public

    (STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent) Mueller report finds no collusion with Russia by Trump campaign… Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers released the following statement regarding Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s release of his report finding no conspiracy between President Trump’s campaign and the Russian government. “I look forward to seeing the special counsel’s full report, but as […]

  • THE LEAD: McLintock playing at Woodland Theatre in Kettle Falls and Spokane City Council looking at measure to increase surveillance downtown

    THE LEAD: McLintock playing at Woodland Theatre in Kettle Falls and Spokane City Council looking at measure to increase surveillance downtown

    Mueller investigation finds not collusion with Russia by Trump campaign… The long-awaited Mueller Report has been delivered to Attorney General William Barr. While details have not been released, Barr said that the special counsel of Robert Mueller did not find that President Trump’s campaign or anyone associated with it conspired with Russia during the 2016 […]

  • MOUND VISIT MONDAYS: Cougars finally begin baseball season

    MOUND VISIT MONDAYS: Cougars finally begin baseball season

    (STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent) Deer Park sweeps Chewelah in season opener… (But lets just be happy the baseball team was able to actually play baseball)  Much like the Seattle Mariners opening the MLB season in Japan, Chewelah started its season with a “traveling” series by traveling with former NEA League foe Deer Park down to Clarkston […]

  • THIS WEEK’S WEATHER: The big melt continues

    THIS WEEK’S WEATHER: The big melt continues

    Rain and higher temps could do away with bulk of lower elevation snow… Much like a No. 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the snow has little chance against the changing temperatures in the Chewelah area. The spring warm temps will continue with highs in the high 50s and lows above freezing nearly all week.

  • March 31 is deadline for studded tire removal

    March 31 is deadline for studded tire removal

    (PRESS RELEASE/Washington State Department of Transportation) If you have your studded tires on after March 31, expect a $136 fine… With a record-setting winter finally in the history books, the arrival of spring means drivers in Washington have until Sunday, March 31, to remove studded tires. The Washington State Department of Transportation reminds drivers that […]

  • Lawmakers propose an increase in school levy rates

    Lawmakers propose an increase in school levy rates

    (EMMA EPPERLY/WNPA Olympia Bureau) Bill would increase levy cap from $1.50 to $2.50 as majority of school districts say they need additional funding… Voter-approved school levy lid rates would rise from $1.50 to $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed property, under Senate Bill 5313, currently under consideration in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. The measure […]

  • THE LEAD: Colville police office arrested for second time in five months

    THE LEAD: Colville police office arrested for second time in five months

    SPORTS NEWS Gonzaga thumps opponent in first round NCAA game Gonzaga posted the most lopsided score in a No. 1 vs. No. 16 seed matchup since 1985 when the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams. The Zags posted a 87-49 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Thursday. Rui Hachimura led Gonzaga with 21 points and eight […]

WEEK IN REVIEW

This week’s “Week in Review” for KCHW where we talk about an update on the radio station’s transmitter, the Chewelah School District budget, an update on the Wayne Peck assault case, A Deer Park woman hiding her dead boyfriend in a tarp, Wolves being delisted by the US and a Spokane Native participating in the first ever all-woman spacewalk! Watch the podcast here on YouTube!

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WA State auditor reports on county homelessness fund usage

The Washington State Auditor’s office released a report last week saying that Stevens County did not have an adequate application and approval process for its dispersal of $121,000 in homelessness funds between 2015 and 2019. The Stevens County Board of Commissioners have stated that they believe that the money they provided in direct assistance to people was consistent with statewide guidelines and its own homelessness plan. Click here for the full story.

LOCAL SPORTS

  • COLVILLE BASEBALL: Indians earn doubleheader sweep

    COLVILLE BASEBALL: Indians earn doubleheader sweep

    (STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent) Colville takes down 3A North Central in doubleheader… The baseball season finally got underway for the Colville Indians on Saturday, when they played a pair of games against the North Central Indians in Pomeroy and notched their first two wins of the year. In the first game, the offenses needed a couple […]

  • MOUND VISIT MONDAYS: Cougars finally begin baseball season

    MOUND VISIT MONDAYS: Cougars finally begin baseball season

    (STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent) Deer Park sweeps Chewelah in season opener… (But lets just be happy the baseball team was able to actually play baseball)  Much like the Seattle Mariners opening the MLB season in Japan, Chewelah started its season with a “traveling” series by traveling with former NEA League foe Deer Park down to Clarkston […]

  • GYMNASTICS: Alyssa Walser capping off a career

    GYMNASTICS: Alyssa Walser capping off a career

    (BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent) Chewelah’s Alyssa Walser competing at US Gymnastics state tourney for tenth straight year… For Alyssa Walser, March 30 will see the culmination of her gymnastics career. The Chewelah student has been involved in the sport since she was eight-years old and has been to the U.S. Gymnastics state tournament for 10 straight […]

  • ARE YOU READY FOR WRESTLEMANIA?: Mat Cats Tournament comes to Chewelah

    ARE YOU READY FOR WRESTLEMANIA?: Mat Cats Tournament comes to Chewelah

    (BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent) Hundreds of area youth wrestlers will be in Chewelah this weekend for Mat Cats tournament at JJSHS… The quest for a state championship begins in the youth ranks and for decades, the Mat Cats program has introduced the rough and tumble sport of wrestling to Chewelah’s youth. During the youth wrestling season, many […]

  • FROM THE NICKEL BLEACHERS: Snow! Snow! Go Away!

    FROM THE NICKEL BLEACHERS: Snow! Snow! Go Away!

    (GENO LUDWIG/Geno Ludwig has spent years covering sports for The Chewelah Independent and his “Nickel Bleachers” column is a decades-old tradition of Geno using his wit and knowledge to talk about Chewelah sports.) Cancelled! Cancelled!! Cancelled!!! That has become the word of the week in the office of Chewelah athletic director Rocky Verbeck. When anyone […]

  • HEADING TO CHENEY: Jacob Newsom to play for EWU football team

    HEADING TO CHENEY: Jacob Newsom to play for EWU football team

    (BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent) Colville’s Jacob Newsom goes Division-I, part of EWU 2019 recruiting class… Having a national title-level college football program like Eastern Washington University just down the road is something special and even moreso when local kids can get recruited by the Eagles. EWU has been home to the likes of Chewelah greats Greg […]

  • STATE GIRLS BASKETBALL: Selkirk falls to top-seeded Colton

    STATE GIRLS BASKETBALL: Selkirk falls to top-seeded Colton

    (COLIN HAFFNER/Chewelah Independent) Lady Rangers play tomorrow at 9 a.m… Selkirk’s win on Wednesday meant a matchup with the number one seed Colton Wildcats in the state 1B championships at the Spokane Arena Thursday morning, looking for a major upset. The Rangers had a steep hill to climb even before the game started against a […]

  • STATE GIRLS BASKETBALL: Selkirk advances with upset over Taholah

    STATE GIRLS BASKETBALL: Selkirk advances with upset over Taholah

    (STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent) Couch leads Lady Rangers with 27 points… The Selkirk girls faced their second straight win or go home matchup, this time in the first round of the state 1B championships, and once again came out on top, defeating the higher seeded Taholah Chitwhins 62-49 to advance. The 15th-seeded Rangers raced out to […]

  • GIRLS BASKETBALL: Inchelium ousted from state by Sunnyside Christian

    GIRLS BASKETBALL: Inchelium ousted from state by Sunnyside Christian

    (STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent) Hornets finish season 17-9… Inchelium marched into their first round, loser-out matchup at the state 1B championships against Sunnyside Christian fresh off a convincing regional win and looking to keep that momentum going, but came away with a disappointing loss to the higher seeded Knights 62-41. The Hornets started the game out […]

  • Jaron Baldwin named to NE 2B All-League squad

    Jaron Baldwin named to NE 2B All-League squad

    (BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent) Junior was a powerful scoring threat for the Cougars all season… The Chewelah Cougars moved down to the NE 2B League for 2018 and with the classification change, there were few favors done in terms of degree of difficulty. Jaron Baldwin, however, looked like a star for most of the season, scoring […]

FIRST THURSDAY

Here is KCHW’s interview with First Thursday featured Artist Matt Booth.

LOCAL SPORTS

COMMUNITY NEWS FEATURES

  • THE LEAD: McLintock playing at Woodland Theatre in Kettle Falls and Spokane City Council looking at measure to increase surveillance downtown

    THE LEAD: McLintock playing at Woodland Theatre in Kettle Falls and Spokane City Council looking at measure to increase surveillance downtown

    Mueller investigation finds not collusion with Russia by Trump campaign… The long-awaited Mueller Report has been delivered to Attorney General William Barr. While details have not been released, Barr said that the special counsel of Robert Mueller did not find that President Trump’s campaign or anyone associated with it conspired with Russia during the 2016 […]

  • THIS WEEK’S WEATHER: The big melt continues

    THIS WEEK’S WEATHER: The big melt continues

    Rain and higher temps could do away with bulk of lower elevation snow… Much like a No. 16 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the snow has little chance against the changing temperatures in the Chewelah area. The spring warm temps will continue with highs in the high 50s and lows above freezing nearly all week.

  • March 31 is deadline for studded tire removal

    March 31 is deadline for studded tire removal

    (PRESS RELEASE/Washington State Department of Transportation) If you have your studded tires on after March 31, expect a $136 fine… With a record-setting winter finally in the history books, the arrival of spring means drivers in Washington have until Sunday, March 31, to remove studded tires. The Washington State Department of Transportation reminds drivers that […]

  • Lawmakers propose an increase in school levy rates

    Lawmakers propose an increase in school levy rates

    (EMMA EPPERLY/WNPA Olympia Bureau) Bill would increase levy cap from $1.50 to $2.50 as majority of school districts say they need additional funding… Voter-approved school levy lid rates would rise from $1.50 to $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed property, under Senate Bill 5313, currently under consideration in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. The measure […]

  • THE LEAD: Colville police office arrested for second time in five months

    THE LEAD: Colville police office arrested for second time in five months

    SPORTS NEWS Gonzaga thumps opponent in first round NCAA game Gonzaga posted the most lopsided score in a No. 1 vs. No. 16 seed matchup since 1985 when the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams. The Zags posted a 87-49 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson on Thursday. Rui Hachimura led Gonzaga with 21 points and eight […]

  • CHEWELAH’S FOREST?: Bill passes through senate that could help Gold Hill project

    CHEWELAH’S FOREST?: Bill passes through senate that could help Gold Hill project

    (BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent) State senate passes bill establishing community forests pilot program… A bill that would establish a community forests pilot program has passed the state senate by a vote of 41-5 and is in committee in the senate, signaling another victory for the Chewelah Valley Land Trust and their goal to preserve the Gold […]

  • THEIR NIGHT TO SHINE: DYW takes stage on Saturday night

    THEIR NIGHT TO SHINE: DYW takes stage on Saturday night

    (BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent) DYW contestants take the stage on Saturday evening… The night is almost here where Chewelah will crown it’s newest Distinguished Young Woman and Chewelah continues to produce talented students from JJSHS and Valley that spend the summer on the Chewelah Community Float. “It was an unforgettable and life changing experience to represent […]

  • CREATURE FEATURE: Beavers, the engineers of nature

    CREATURE FEATURE: Beavers, the engineers of nature

    (BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent) Known for their elaborate dams, they create habitat for more than just themselves… In our first “Creature Feature” in the Chewelah Independent, we decided to feature the North American beaver, who sometimes resembles a logger and we have lots of loggers in Chewelah, right? The beaver is nocturnal, semiquatic rodent and at […]

  • FROM THE EDITOR: How not to win at youth wrestling

    FROM THE EDITOR: How not to win at youth wrestling

    (BRANDON HANSEN/Managing Editor of the Chewelah Independent) With this weekend’s Mat Cat tournament heading to JJSHS, it refreshed my memories of wrestling as a youth where I amassed an impressive 1-23 record and fixed more wrestling matches than Vince McMahon. You see, unlike the two recent state champions that Chewelah crowned, I was not a […]

  • FROM THE NICKEL BLEACHERS: Snow! Snow! Go Away!

    FROM THE NICKEL BLEACHERS: Snow! Snow! Go Away!

    (GENO LUDWIG/Geno Ludwig has spent years covering sports for The Chewelah Independent and his “Nickel Bleachers” column is a decades-old tradition of Geno using his wit and knowledge to talk about Chewelah sports.) Cancelled! Cancelled!! Cancelled!!! That has become the word of the week in the office of Chewelah athletic director Rocky Verbeck. When anyone […]

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