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  • STATE SOFTBALL: Chewelah advances to second day of state

    STATE SOFTBALL: Chewelah advances to second day of state

    (BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent) Cougars still in the running to trophy at state tourney… Chewelah punched their ticket to the second day of the state tournament thanks to their 13-7 victory over Brewster in the first round of the State 2B Softball Tournament in Yakima. A hot Pe Ell-Willapa Valley team (two games removed from upsetting […]

  • The Chewelah Independent’s Guide to state tournaments in Yakima and Richland

    The Chewelah Independent’s Guide to state tournaments in Yakima and Richland

    (BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent) The end of Spring signals the time of the year where the good teams from NE Washington take a trip down to the Columbia Basin for state sports tournaments. Stevens County-ites used to our rainy/mild springs are then thrown into the frying pan of the desert part of the state with 80/90 […]

  • Registration for Gess Elementary Kindergarten on May 30

    Registration for Gess Elementary Kindergarten on May 30

    (PRESS RELEASE/Gess Elementary) If you have a student who will be attending Gess Elementary Kindergarten, please register your student on May 30 at Gess.  Registration information will help us to develop classes for next year.  Children must be five years old before September 1, 2019. Please bring your child’s birth certificate and immunization record to registration.  If […]

  • BETWEEN THE RIVERS GATHERING: Back to Basics

    BETWEEN THE RIVERS GATHERING: Back to Basics

    (SUSAN PARRISH/Between the Rivers Gathering) SURVIVAL GATHERING: Between the Rivers holding week-long primitive skills gathering for seventh year in a row… If you’ve seen reality TV shows like “Alone” or “Mountain Men” and have been curious about learning primitive, ancestral and survival skills, here’s your chance. About 80 primitive skills and self-sufficiency experts will teach […]

  • ARDEN OLD TIMERS RODEO Roughin’ it  in the rain

    ARDEN OLD TIMERS RODEO Roughin’ it in the rain

    (K.S. BROOKS/Chewelah Independent) ARDEN OLD TIMERS WOW THE CROWD: Rodeo has been running since the 1970s in Stevens County… The rain stopped just in time this past Saturday afternoon so that spectators could comfortably enjoy the Arden Old Timers Rodeo, which was more like a family reunion with cowboy games than a stringent rodeo. Despite […]

  • Local movie coming to the Chewelah Chataqua Film Festival

    Local movie coming to the Chewelah Chataqua Film Festival

    (K.S. BROOKS/Chewelah Independent) Chataqua is just around the corner, and for the third year running, the annual, award-winning Chataqua Film Festival will be a part of it. This year, the festival will again be held at the Chewelah Center for the Arts, located at 405 North 3rd Street East. Craig McQuain will be the featured […]

  • 20th Annual Chewelah Quilt Show will be Roaring

    20th Annual Chewelah Quilt Show will be Roaring

    (INDIGO KENNEDY/Chewelah Arts Guild) ENJOY A CHEWELAH TRADITION: Show has been a mainstay since 2000, featured many talented quilters… For the 20th Annual Chewelah Quilt Show presented by the Chewelah Arts Guild, the quilt committee wanted to reminisce about the last 19 years of quilting our little town has showcased. One of the displays will […]

  • Tearful public comment at school board meeting

    Tearful public comment at school board meeting

    (BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent) BUDGET CUTS: Teacher Sheena Rancourt addresses board, Joe Wulczynski asks about drama program… After learning that she would not have her teaching contract renewed for next year, Sheena Rancourt addressed the Chewelah School Board on May 15, not to ask for her job but rather to suggest what the school board could […]

  • CHEWELAH TRACK AND FIELD: Cougs bring an army

    CHEWELAH TRACK AND FIELD: Cougs bring an army

    (GENO LUDWIG/Chewelah Independent) CHEWELAH SENDS 15 TO STATE: Baker and Kirry lead Olympic-sized contingent to State 2B Championships… Roll out the Roos Field red carpet. The Chewelah Cougars are on their way to Eastern Washington State University for the 2019 State 2B Track and Field Championships. The wet and windy weather at Central Valley’s track […]

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Long Term Care Unit closing at Chewelah’s St. Joseph’s Hospital’

Following a thorough and mission-led discernment process that involved Providence leadership and community members, Providence has made the difficult decision to close the Long Term Care Unit at Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chewelah. This decision was made based on the fact that by closing the Unit, Providence will be able to serve more people with the health care services they need most. Click here for the full story.

WEEK IN REVIEW

Here is this week’s Chewelah Independent and KCHW “Week in Review” where we talk about retail sales down in Chewelah, loss of jobs in Washington and a car accident on Sunday.

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Thanks to a giving community, KCHW is back up to full power and better than ever

KCHW manager Scott Allen loves Star Wars, and he probably feels like Emperor Palpatine right now with lightning shooting out of his fingertips. Chewelah’s public radio station is back up to full power, broadcasting countywide with a cleaner signal than before, thanks to generous donations from the community to help get the station’s transmitter repaired. Click here for the full story.

LOCAL SPORTS

  • STATE SOFTBALL: Chewelah advances to second day of state

    STATE SOFTBALL: Chewelah advances to second day of state

    (BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent) Cougars still in the running to trophy at state tourney… Chewelah punched their ticket to the second day of the state tournament thanks to their 13-7 victory over Brewster in the first round of the State 2B Softball Tournament in Yakima. A hot Pe Ell-Willapa Valley team (two games removed from upsetting […]

  • The Chewelah Independent’s Guide to state tournaments in Yakima and Richland

    The Chewelah Independent’s Guide to state tournaments in Yakima and Richland

    (BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent) The end of Spring signals the time of the year where the good teams from NE Washington take a trip down to the Columbia Basin for state sports tournaments. Stevens County-ites used to our rainy/mild springs are then thrown into the frying pan of the desert part of the state with 80/90 […]

  • CHEWELAH TRACK AND FIELD: Cougs bring an army

    CHEWELAH TRACK AND FIELD: Cougs bring an army

    (GENO LUDWIG/Chewelah Independent) CHEWELAH SENDS 15 TO STATE: Baker and Kirry lead Olympic-sized contingent to State 2B Championships… Roll out the Roos Field red carpet. The Chewelah Cougars are on their way to Eastern Washington State University for the 2019 State 2B Track and Field Championships. The wet and windy weather at Central Valley’s track […]

  • Return to state: Colville softball battles to final bracket

    Return to state: Colville softball battles to final bracket

    (BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent) IMPRESSIVE YEAR: Indians overcome obstacles en route to state berth… Colville is once again headed to the state tournament, and while that’s been the goal all along, there have been some challenges along the way. In the softball-rich NEA League, the top teams in the league could beat one another on any […]

  • Indians make history, headed to baseball’s Final Four in Yakima

    Indians make history, headed to baseball’s Final Four in Yakima

    (BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent) SENSATIONAL SEASON: Colville baseball advances to state semifinals for the first time ever… Colville hasn’t been here before, but they certainly deserve to be. With their 8-3 victory over Freeman in the State 1A quarterfinals, Colville punched its ticket to Yakima County Stadium this weekend for the State 1A Final Four. “This is the […]

  • Chewelah softball heads to third straight softball state tournament

    Chewelah softball heads to third straight softball state tournament

    (GENO LUDWIG/Chewelah Independent) YAKVEGAS, HERE WE COME: Softball’s big dance is where the Chewelah softball team is headed… Can we just say it like it is? Chewelah is a state power now after placing fifth the past two years at the State 1A Softball Tournament, and now heading to their third straight appearance this time […]

  • TRACK: Colville sends contingent to state

    TRACK: Colville sends contingent to state

    (COLIN HAFFNER/Chewelah Independent) Indians sending 12 athletes to state 1A… Colville will send 12 athletes to the state 1A track meet May 23 to 25 at Eastern Washington University, as well as another three alternates following the results of the NEA District meet May 10 and 11 at Riverside High School. The Indians will send […]

  • Several services slated for Memorial Day on May 27

    Several services slated for Memorial Day on May 27

    (PRESS RELEASE/Chewelah Legion and VFW) Local veteran groups to hold services at nine Stevens County cemeteries… Members of Chewelah VFW Post No. 2047, Chewelah Legion Post No. 54, Auxilaries and SAL will conduct memorial services at nine Stevens County Cemeteries on Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day. Prayers, flowers, gun salutes, bagpipes and ‘taps’ will […]

  • Chewelah mayor Dorothy Knauss declares “Chewelah Cougar Week” after several teams heading to state tournaments

    Chewelah mayor Dorothy Knauss declares “Chewelah Cougar Week” after several teams heading to state tournaments

    (STAFF REPORTS/Chewelah Independent) Chewelah needs to break out the navy, light blue and white this week in support of their Cougars… With Chewelah golf, softball and track and field teams heading to state tournaments this week or weekend, Chewelah Mayor Dorothy Knauss has declared this week “Chewelah Cougar Week.” It has been a very successful […]

  • BACK TO THE STATE TOURNAMENT: 1A power Chewelah, now takes on 2B foes in softball postseason

    BACK TO THE STATE TOURNAMENT: 1A power Chewelah, now takes on 2B foes in softball postseason

    (BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent) TOUGH TASK AHEAD: Loaded district tournament the perfect challenge for talented Cougars… Chewelah is known for many things: great scenery, the ski hill, golf course, farming, logging, hunting and softball. Yes, softball, while most people struggle to pronounce the name of the town, the navy blue unis of the Cougars are becoming […]

FIRST THURSDAY

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

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COMMUNITY NEWS FEATURES

  • Registration for Gess Elementary Kindergarten on May 30

    Registration for Gess Elementary Kindergarten on May 30

    (PRESS RELEASE/Gess Elementary) If you have a student who will be attending Gess Elementary Kindergarten, please register your student on May 30 at Gess.  Registration information will help us to develop classes for next year.  Children must be five years old before September 1, 2019. Please bring your child’s birth certificate and immunization record to registration.  If […]

  • BETWEEN THE RIVERS GATHERING: Back to Basics

    BETWEEN THE RIVERS GATHERING: Back to Basics

    (SUSAN PARRISH/Between the Rivers Gathering) SURVIVAL GATHERING: Between the Rivers holding week-long primitive skills gathering for seventh year in a row… If you’ve seen reality TV shows like “Alone” or “Mountain Men” and have been curious about learning primitive, ancestral and survival skills, here’s your chance. About 80 primitive skills and self-sufficiency experts will teach […]

  • ARDEN OLD TIMERS RODEO Roughin’ it  in the rain

    ARDEN OLD TIMERS RODEO Roughin’ it in the rain

    (K.S. BROOKS/Chewelah Independent) ARDEN OLD TIMERS WOW THE CROWD: Rodeo has been running since the 1970s in Stevens County… The rain stopped just in time this past Saturday afternoon so that spectators could comfortably enjoy the Arden Old Timers Rodeo, which was more like a family reunion with cowboy games than a stringent rodeo. Despite […]

  • Local movie coming to the Chewelah Chataqua Film Festival

    Local movie coming to the Chewelah Chataqua Film Festival

    (K.S. BROOKS/Chewelah Independent) Chataqua is just around the corner, and for the third year running, the annual, award-winning Chataqua Film Festival will be a part of it. This year, the festival will again be held at the Chewelah Center for the Arts, located at 405 North 3rd Street East. Craig McQuain will be the featured […]

  • 20th Annual Chewelah Quilt Show will be Roaring

    20th Annual Chewelah Quilt Show will be Roaring

    (INDIGO KENNEDY/Chewelah Arts Guild) ENJOY A CHEWELAH TRADITION: Show has been a mainstay since 2000, featured many talented quilters… For the 20th Annual Chewelah Quilt Show presented by the Chewelah Arts Guild, the quilt committee wanted to reminisce about the last 19 years of quilting our little town has showcased. One of the displays will […]

  • Tearful public comment at school board meeting

    Tearful public comment at school board meeting

    (BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent) BUDGET CUTS: Teacher Sheena Rancourt addresses board, Joe Wulczynski asks about drama program… After learning that she would not have her teaching contract renewed for next year, Sheena Rancourt addressed the Chewelah School Board on May 15, not to ask for her job but rather to suggest what the school board could […]

  • Chewelah Valley Land Trust gets $676K grant

    Chewelah Valley Land Trust gets $676K grant

    (PRESS RELEASE/Chewelah Valley Land Trust) May 5th marks an important landmark for Local Land Trust…  The Chewelah Valley Land Trust is a local non-profit whose focus is to set aside green space to provide recreation, education, and long-term sustainability. CVLT formed a year ago and has since focused on acquiring a 400 acre peice of […]

  • Long Term Care Unit closing at Chewelah’s St. Joseph’s Hospital

    Long Term Care Unit closing at Chewelah’s St. Joseph’s Hospital

    (PRESS RELEASE/Providence Health Care) Unit will remain open until all residents find new place to live… Following a thorough and mission-led discernment process that involved Providence leadership and community members, we have made the difficult decision to close the Long Term Care Unit at Providence St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chewelah. This decision was made based […]

  • The 2019 election is going to be a weird one for Chewelah

    The 2019 election is going to be a weird one for Chewelah

    (BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent) Off-year, supposedly minor year for elections will feature five races in Chewelah… In what is supposed to be an off-year election with just minor positions open, it is shaping up to be a transformative and important election for the town of Chewelah. With filing week over, it appears Chewelah voters will have […]

  • Taste of Chewelah tickets now on sale

    Taste of Chewelah tickets now on sale

    (PRESS RELEASE/Chewelah Arts Guild) Tasty event happening on June 20… What do people like most about Taste of Chewelah? All the fun they have! What do people like least about Taste of Chewelah? If they don’t buy their tickets early, they lose out! Why? Because tickets for this popular Chewelah Arts Guild annual event are […]

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