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Chewelah church holds Black Lives Matter vigils

The Chewelah United Church of Christ has actively supported the Black Lives Matter movement since its resurgence earlier this year after the death of George Floyd. The church's board voted to endorse the movement earlier this month, and the church has continued to hold semimonthly vigils all summer. 

Stevens County prosecutor asks judge for restraining order against commissioners

Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen last week said the commissioners – Steve Parker, Wes McCart and Don Dashiell – would be committing a gross misdemeanor if they continue conducting county business. On Monday, Rasmussen sent a letter to all county employees declaring "the board of county commissioners no longer has legal authority." The commissioners and their attorneys have disputed that.

Stevens County commissioner candidates wonder how lawsuit might influence November election

Two candidates expressed uncertainty about the path to the November general election, only 10 weeks away. While the county prosecutor asserts that all three commissioners have been legally ejected from office after a judge's ruling, county and state officials are mulling whether the local Republican Party and the governor must start a process to appoint short-term replacements.

WDFW kills last two wolves in Wedge pack territory

The last two wolves in the Wedge Wolf Pack territory have been killed after investigations showed the pack was responsible for 16 depredations of cattle in Stevens County, according to an announcement Monday from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Springdale mayor faces criminal allegations of theft of city money, unexplained expenses

Elizabeth Calderwood, who's served as mayor since 2017, said she used the town's credit card to purchase technological and aesthetic upgrades for a community center. But investigators believe she funneled money through the accounts of other people and can't account for the loss of $5,000 in cash as payment for a Harley Davidson motorcycle gifted to Springdale. 

Washington Supreme Court ends legal turf battle in Stevens County

In a unanimous opinion issued last week, the high court’s nine justices sided with Stevens County Superior Court judges who sought to preside over preliminary hearings in cases that were originally filed in District Court. Such hearings often determine whether a defendant will be let out of jail while awaiting trial.