The Chewelah Fire Department responded to a house fire at 1002 Tamarack Lane at approximately 3 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. According to police reports, the blaze appears to have started when a propane heater ignited nearby bedding. The two occupants made it out of the house and suffered only minor smoke inhalation. The house is a total loss. In this picture, Chewelah firefighters returned to the house Thursday afternoon when the fire re-ignited inside a wall. Jared Arnold photo
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The Winds of Fire Ministry will be hosting Timothy Sherman on Friday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. Meetings will be held at the Living Room, W. 101 Lincoln in Chewelah.
Sherman is an internationally recognized prophetic voice. Through Sherman the Lord has set many on course in their calling. God also uses Sherman in the market place to speak prophetically to business owners and entrepreneurs giving much needed help in this time of economic shaking. The Lord is causing an increase in business.
From governmental, civic, business, spiritual leaders to everyday people, he lovingly validates and influences people’s lives into their God given destiny with words of spirit and life that bring “Spiritual Awakening.”
Sherman’s wife Glenda will be traveling with him. They reside in Portland, OR.
Come and join in praise and worship with Tobiano Rhythms. Offerings will be received at each meeting.
Any questions call Fran at 509-935-6233.
The Chewelah School District has reached a pivotal point in time when we can no longer ignore the status of our facilities. This District has made eight attempts to pass a building bond in the last 30 years and have been unsuccessful every time, however, we can no longer continue to leave it for another.
No one likes to add to their tax burden, however, the decision to put this matter on the ballot was not made lightly. Many wonderful people have given countless hours to study this situation to determine the most effective, feasible thing to do for Chewelah schools. The passing of this bond will result in greater efficiency for the district, not to mention a needed boost to our community.
One of the first things people look at when they move to a new community is the quality of their hospital and schools. Chewelah is blessed with wonderful educators who work very hard in less than desirable facilities, and our academic scores are going up and up. We are not asking for extravagance, but for updating and maintaining what we have. That is a responsibility we owe to future generations.
Many people before us bore the tax burden of the high school when it was built almost forty years ago, and now it is our turn to step up and say, “Yes, for Chewelah kids.” We request that you choose to support our schools.
Chewelah School Board of Directors,
There was a statement in one of the letters in The Independent last week that indicated that rent would not go up if the school bond passes.
My suggestion to renters is that they check with their landlord so that they know ahead of time what their rent would be should the bond pass.
As an example: The rent to my tenant would go up $40.00 per month. They have been notified.
It is the landlord who sets rental rates not the county assessor.
Contrary to what some British Columbia residents appear to believe, they do not qualify for a sales tax exemption when shopping in Washington State.
The Department of Revenue reminds Washington retailers and consumers that British Columbia residents do not qualify for the non-resident sales tax exemption.
Several retailers have contacted the Department recently to advise it that residents of that Canadian province were claiming they qualified to purchase items without paying sales tax.
While the exemption is available to residents of any state or province with a sales tax rate less than of 3 percent or less, it does not apply to jurisdictions with either the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) now in effect in British Columbia or the 7 percent provincial sales tax that replaces it on April 1, 2013. Residents of states such as Alaska, Oregon and Montana and certain provinces, including Alberta, do qualify because they have no sales tax.
The Department advises retailers to direct British Columbia residents to http://dor.wa.gov/content/findtaxesandrates/retailsalestax/nonresidents/default.aspx for an explanation of the nonresident exemption. Retailers that provide the exemption are liable for any uncollected sales tax if audited.
-Submitted by WA Dept. of Revenue
I would like to extend kudos to the Jenkins Middle School students and staff on their School of Distinction award for the third year in a row. This award reflects the quality of education beginning at Gess, moving through JMS and on to JHS that Chewelah is fortunate to have.
In the next few weeks, Chewelah citizens have a vote to keep our school facilities as they are now or to make them better with the help of state matching funds. Our buildings are in troubling condition and are in need of improvement or replacement.
On December 25, 2012 my life changed as I was involved in a snowmobile accident which resulted in me being paralyzed from the chest down. The love, generosity, and well wishes from my community have been eye opening. I never thought I would receive so much compassion and kindness. This has been a very humbling experience. I want to thank everyone for your prayers, thoughts and love. Through this time, I have seen what a wonderful community I live in. My hope is that we continue to grow by supporting the building bond for Chewelah Schools. The resulting building will be a shining light for all of us in the Chewelah community.
My accident has caused some chapters in my life, but what will never change is my pride in our students and the Chewelah community. I very much want all of us to continue to work together in the education of our kids. Please vote YES on February 12.
If you are 61 and over and make less than $35,000, you may pay nothing towards this bond. You must contact the Stevens County Assessor’s office to apply for the Property Tax Exemption for Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons program.
If you are a renter, you do not pay anything towards this bond.
We will be able to use OUR TIMBER MONEY if passed.
If the timber money is not used by US, it will be used by another school system.
The MATCHING funds will not be available again …
The schools WILL be combined NO MATTER WHAT.
Do we want the 7th and 8th graders in portables mingling with 12th graders? Or do we want the NEW ADDITION where they will have their own area.
Chewelah has not passed a bond for over 30 years. It is time to pay for an up-grade.
Our COMMUNITY needs our NEW school to make Chewelah Students proud and to bring new families to our area.
When someone is shopping for a place to live, the first question is, what do the schools have to offer my children?
When we have the NEW addition: we will attract other schools here for tournaments, track meets, plays, etc., and while they are here…THEY will shop locally and give to our community.
PLEASE VOTE YES!! IT IS TIME.
Community Member, Wife, Daughter and MOMMY
It’s winter and I now realize I don’t have enough wood in my wood shed to stay warm. Do I use the wood I have to stay warm today, or do I save it for the next power outage?
The Republicans in the House of Representatives have a similar problem. Do they use their “wood” now or do they wait for the next power outage. I don’t know about them, but I will use my wood today to stay warm and I will try to get more wood in the future.
If the Republicans are waiting for the next election to maintain the majority in the House and possibly win the Senate, I would suggest they are dealing with too many unknowns. Elections, being elections, are unpredictable.
I would suggest the Republicans use their “wood” now, and put President Obama in check. The Republicans in the House should stand up for republican values now and not wait for the next power outage. If the Republicans lose the Senate and the House in the next election, then they would have lost everything and the Republicans will lose Republican registration since today’s Republicans failed to stand up for republican values.
President Obama will not submit a budget, which is the condition the House Republicans have stated before the debt ceiling is extended. If he does, it won’t be anything that can be passed, but he will be able to say he submitted a budget.
I am going to use my “wood” today and I will try to get some more wood in the future. Our House Republicans should do the same.
On Saturday, Jan. 19 I raised a flag in the Chewelah City Park in honor of all our Military. The flag was flown over the Capitol in Washington D.C.
After getting approval from the Mayor and Council, I contacted Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers about a flag. Ms. McMorris Rodgers was nice enough to give me the flag and the light department was nice enough to fix the light so the flag could properly be displayed.
I ask everyone to please think about our service members, past, present, and future when ever they look at the flag.
Shortly after noon Wednesday Washington’s newly-sworn Democratic Governor Jay Inslee laid forth his vision for his first term that included focusing on job creation and preservation, a balanced operating budget, meeting the needs of the state’s education system, and an affordable health care system responsive to consumer needs.
Inslee delivered his inaugural address to a joint session of the legislature after being sworn in during a mid-morning ceremony in the Capitol rotunda.
In mapping the health care system innovations and challenges, Inslee drew special attention to the Reproductive Parity Act due for the Legislature’s consideration this session.
“We must . . . protect the quality and choice that we expect from a health care system that works. Washington women need the freedom and privacy to make the health care decisions that are best for themselves and their families. That’s why I look forward to the Legislature sending the Reproductive Parity Act to my desk, which I will sign. Let’s get this done,” he declared.
Inslee views health care reform as a primary link to reaching a balanced budget and fully-funded education system.
“To honestly address our budget problems, we must admit the difficult truth that the road to a balanced budget and a fully funded educational system runs directly through health care reform. This means investing in preventive care and aligning incentives with patients to encourage healthy lifestyle choices,” he said.
In his speech, Governor Inslee stressed that Washington must stay innovative in order to remain competitive in a fast-changing world. Inslee, quoting former president and fellow Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt, said “Never have we had so little time in which to do so much.”
Following the inaugural address, Republicans held a press briefing in response to comments made by the governor. Representative and House Minority Leader Richard DeBolt (R-20, Chehalis) applauded Inslee’s enthusiasm for innovation.
“We’ve got to be more innovative when it comes to reforming our government. We’ve got to live within our means,” he said.
Inslee stated that government, too, must also be agile and able to adapt to new circumstances. “I heard a clear and powerful message on election day. The people of Washington state are tired of a state government that doesn’t change with the times,” he said.
The governor said he wants government programs to be measured by their successes, rather than simply how much money is invested in them. Referring to taxpayers as “customers,” Inslee said that the cycle of old, uncompromising ideas are unproductive, and that his administration is dedicated to “a multi-year effort to bring disruptive change to Olympia, starting with the very core of how we do business. If we’re serious about long term economic growth, innovation must become part of the very culture of Olympia.”
Senator Andy Hill (R-45, Redmond) was impressed by Inslee’s pledge to measure the success of programs by their results, not the dollars spent. But Republicans suggested that the governor’s speech was lacking in specifics.
“There were a lot of nice things said today, but it was very short on detail,” said Senator Mark Schoesler (R-9, Ritzville).
The governor acknowledged that serious challenges still remain in the wake of the global recession, but stated his faith in the people of Washington:
“Where the world sees uncertainty,” said Inslee, “we Washingtonians see opportunity.”
In order to take advantage of those opportunities, however, the governor said that cooperation will be necessary. “I want us to collaborate early and often on a legislative agenda that benefits all of Washington,” he said.
DeBolt agreed, saying he is “looking forward to working with this government, the governor and the Senate, bringing it all together, negotiating what I think will be a collaborative process this year. I think this is a great opportunity for innovation and change.”
Inslee emphasized that job creation will be his top priority while in office, a point with which Republicans said they completely agreed.
“Our priorities from day one have been consistent. Jobs, education and a sustainable budget,” said Schoesler.
And those three priorities are linked, said Representative Gary Alexander (R-2, Olympia), by helping the people of Washington to have faith in the legislative process. “If we can provide trust and a way to control our budget and be in control of our resources, the same way they do, then they will also have faith…to expand their resources,” said Alexander.
The governor singled out clean energy, such as solar and wind power, as a growth industry in Washington, one that he believes could help the state work toward sustainability in economic growth and stewardship of the environment.
“The key is affordable energy,” said Schoesler responding to the governor’s energy citation. “For that struggling family out there, the cost of energy is critical. Businesses locate to parts of Washington because of some of the most affordable energy in the United States. Keeping that energy affordable is very important to the state of Washington. If we look at our first priority of jobs, affordable energy is a big part of that” he said.
Inslee noted that although climate change is a global issue that can’t only be solved here, Washington should take on the role of being an entrepreneur in green technology. “We do not follow technological innovation; we lead it. And we will not pass up a golden opportunity to create jobs.”
Inslee reiterated his support for education in the wake of the McCleary decision by the state Supreme Court, which instructed government to fund the basic education system before anything else. “I am proud to live in a state where the education of our children is enshrined as the paramount duty of state government.”
Science, technology, education and math curriculum, said Inslee, are a must for all levels of education. “They are the essential tools for success in this new economy,” he said.
“We need a system that aligns from early learning to kindergarten to 12th grade to our universities,” said the governor.
The House Republican Caucus has put forth statements that it will submit a proposal to the legislature to create a separate basic education budget that would require adoption prior to any other budget negotiations each biennium.
“It’s not just funding education first, it’s funding it fully. And we intend to do that with the first K-12 budget,” said Alexander. “This sends a message to the Supreme Court that we are on a very sustainable path,” he said.
Representative and Minority Caucus Chair Dan Kristiansen (R-39, Snohomish) explained that education has directly affected unemployment in the state. “If we’re going to pay for all these things, let’s face it, we need tax dollars. Which means we need people working again,” he said.
Health care reform may be a way to both save money and improve lives, Inslee said. Implementing the federal Affordable Care Act, including expansion of preventative care and encouraging citizens to lead healthy lifestyles, he said, will help the system “move from ‘sick care’ to the true health care system we deserve.”
The governor stated his support for choice in women’s health care, endorsing the Reproductive Parity Act, which would reinforce existing state law requiring health insurance plans in Washington that cover maternity care to also cover abortions.
But Republicans were frustrated by Inslee’s comments on the Reproductive Parity Act. “It’s funny that he would take a day of unification and try to make it a politically dividing event. Social issues right now are not as important as getting people back to work again. That should be the focus of our government,” said DeBolt during the Republicans’ post-speech conference.
Inslee cited mental-health care as an important part of preventing gun violence such as the recent shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, Café Racer in Seattle, the murder of four police officers in Lakewood and the shooting at the Seattle Jewish Federation in 2006.
“All victims of a lethal combination of untreated mental illness, evil intent and easy access to deadly weapons,” said the governor. “We have lost too many loved ones in Washington state,” said Inslee.
The governor urged cooperation and compromise in solving the problem of gun violence. “I don’t have all the answers, but I know the sooner we reject the extremes and embrace common sense, the sooner we’ll be able to get a public health solution to this public health problem.”
According to DeBolt, the members of the House Republican Caucus have met with the Washington Education Association (WEA) and the caucus has put together a task force in order to address mental health issues in the wake of these recent tragedies.
“Keeping our children and our teachers safe is one of our paramount duties,” said DeBolt. “We are willing to work with Jay Inslee, House Speaker Chopp, Senate coalition leader Rodney Tom, all of the people that need to be worked with to find a solution.”
Inslee said he had represented multiple parts of Washington in his career, “first as a state representative from the Yakima Valley, then in Congress representing both Eastern and Western Washington.”
Before running for governor, Inslee was the representative for Washington’s 1st Congressional District, encompassing much of Seattle’s northern suburbs as well as northern Kitsap and southern Snohomish counties.
“I am truly humbled to represent all of Washington,” said the governor.
In closing Inslee said, “I look forward to having a real dialogue with the Legislature in the coming weeks on how we best put our ingenuity to work to meet the challenges before us — on creating jobs, educating our children, changing how we do business in state government and creating a culture of leading the world in energy independence. Now let’s get to work.”
By Zoey Palmer, Kylee Zabel
WNPA Olympia News Bureau
In This Photo: Washington State Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Madsen administers the oath of office to Governor Jay Inslee in the Olympia Capitol rotunda Wednesday.