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September 2nd, 2015

Several hunting seasons opened yesterday

September 2, 2015

It’s time to go hunting. Yesterday, Tuesday, Sept. 1, was a big day for hunters. The migratory waterfowl and upland game bird pamphlet is now available. Get one and study it.
This year the dove season will run from Sept. 1 through Oct. 30. This is a month longer than usual, plus the limit is up from 10 to 15.
Forest grouse is also open, with a limit of four a day, but not more than three of each species. Cottontail and snowshoe hare season is open with a limit of five, mixed bag.

Chewelah looks for improvements

September 2, 2015

Big group of
starters are back

With most of their starters back from last season, the Chewelah Cougars look to improve on the 2-8 record posted in 2014 and become more competitive in the Northeast A League this season.
Finding their rhythm hasn’t been easy, since poor air quality from the wildfires burning in the region pushed the Cougars indoors for much of the last week.
But at least Chewelah isn’t alone. Most teams have spent extended time on gym floors.
“It’s been tough,” conceded veteran JHS coach Jim Fisk. “We were inside for four days last week.

No reason to think Colville won’t be in the mix again

September 2, 2015

NEA champion
has reloaded

Colville High lost 18 seniors off arguably the best football team in school history last fall. The Indians finished 12-1, were second-ranked among State 1A teams for much of the season, and lost a state championship in the Tacoma Dome by six-inches in overtime or a missed field goal in the waning seconds of regulation.
Either way, it was painful.
That 27-26 loss to Cascade Christian, in a game played at an exceedingly high level, still stings. But that one’s history and it’s time to create some new memories—and history.

Sheriff’s Office releases name of officer involved in shooting

September 2, 2015

HUNTERS—The Stevens County Deputy involved in the fatal shooting of a man in Hunters on August 19 has been indentified as Corporal Dave Reed, a veteran of more than 24 years with the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office.
Corporal Reed’s name was released by the Sheriff’s Office last week.
Reed was promoted from Deputy to Corporal with the Patrol Division in 2011. Prior to his time as a Stevens County Sheriff’s Deputy Corporal Reed had served in the U.S. Army for nine years. He also worked as a corrections officer in Pierce County.

Ferry County Fair cancelled— 4-H market sale in Colville

September 2, 2015

Animal sale is
Sept. 5

REPUBLIC--the Ferry County Fair has been cancelled.
The 4-H office will hold a Ferry County 4-H Market Sale for Ferry County and Colville Reservation 4-H members to help them during this period of wildfire activity in Ferry County.
The sale will be held at the Northeast Washington Fairgrounds in Colville Saturday Sept. 5, with animal registration and weigh-in in the morning and the auction starting at noon.
The auction will be held indoors to help with air quality issues.

Help from the skies for area fires

September 2, 2015

Air support for

Last Thursday, before welcome rains hit the Tri-County area over the weekend, a smoke-laden pall had settled over the region, leaving visibility limited and air quality poor.
The Colville valley was no exception, making firefighting conditions less than ideal for the helibase stationed on Mantz-Rickey Road, adjacent to Highway 395. The road has been closed to through traffic since the base was established a little over a week ago.

August 27th

Breathing right: Air quality updates

August 27, 2015

PDF UPDATE 9/1/2015

Air Quality Forecast-NE Washington Area Command Issue Date: 8/27/2015
Reported from Leland Tarnay ( and Dan Stratton (, Air Resource Advisors

August 24th

Stevens County Donation and Volunteer Information for Disaster Relief

August 24, 2015

Donation Sites for non-perishable items (toiletries, blankets, house hold goods, cleaning materials) monetary donations are preferable to meet the needs of the disaster victims.

(Will be open Wednesday at 10:00am – 4:00 pm and serve as primary location for Stevens County) Future hours of operation will be posted on the website.
Colville Fairgrounds, Stevens County Primary Donation Location
317 W. Aster Ave.
Colville, WA 99114
(509) 684-2585

(Currently receiving and distributing donations)
Fruitland Service Station, Southern Stevens County Donation Location

August 22nd


August 22, 2015

Friday 08/21/2015 –09:00PM

Acres: 88,000 Start Date: August 13, 2015
Cause: Under investigation Location: Approximately 12 miles north of Nespelem.
Containment: 0% Fuels/Topography: Timber, grass and understory
Structures Threatened: 700 + Total personnel: 331

August 21st

Suspect produced firearm in shooting

August 21, 2015

The Spokane Investigative Regional Response (SIRR) Team is investigating a Stevens County Deputy’s officer involved shooting that occurred in Hunters, WA.

This incident began yesterday, August 19th, 2015 at approximately 7:00pm, when Stevens County Deputies were responding to a domestic situation in the 4900 block of Hunters-Shop Rd in Hunters, WA. The suspect, who has a felony conviction, was believed to be armed with a firearm. He also had a felony warrant for his arrest.

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