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After three Stevens County Commissioners were effectively forced out of office by a judge in August, Stevens County Republican Party Precinct Committee Officers nominated nine people for the open seats Saturday – including two of the ousted three.
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.
An attorney wrote that "time is of the essence" as the commissioners are afraid to perform official duties under the threat of criminal prosecution, leaving important functions of county government in limbo and threatening "catastrophic harm to the people of Stevens County."
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.
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.
The commissioners' attorney, meanwhile, disputes that they must be ejected from office and says the prosecutor has threatened to have the commissioners arrested if they continue showing up for work.
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.
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.
The Washington Department of Health cleared three additional counties to move to Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start reopening plan.
The 72-year-old man was reported missing Saturday. Volunteers from multiple agencies assisted in the search of rough terrain north of Kettle Falls.
While Franklin County voted to reopen its economy early this week – and quickly learned that wouldn’t fly with Gov. Jay Inslee’s office – officials in Washington’s three rural northeast found consensus on a different, more measured approach.
The unanimous panel ruled that federal agents did not provide proper warning before arresting a man returning from a Canadian music festival at the border in August 2017. The case could have implications for how federal law enforcement officers work with local authorities in policing the U.S.-Canada border.
Health officials announced the first positive test for COVID-19 in a Stevens County resident on Friday.
One person was airlifted to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center with critical injuries Thursday after their car crashed into a guardrail on Highway 292 in Stevens County.
A recently surfaced video shows the embattled Spokane Valley lawmaker speaking at a gathering in Stevens County in 2013. “Arm yourselves. Arm your families. Arm the church,” he said.
A judge on Friday ruled the commissioners aren’t entitled to a lawyer at public expense. The judge also declined to dismiss the suit, in which Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen accuses the commissioners of misspending more than $121,000 from a fund dedicated to fighting homelessness.
A Valley School District bus slid off the road and onto its side Monday leaving one child with minor injures.
Jordan-Blain Rothchild, 53, was booked into Stevens County Jail late Thursday, a few hours after authorities say she struck another driver who’d pursued her after she clipped his mirror on State Route 291.
A Spokane man accused of tying up his girlfriend and beating her with a baseball bat has been found dead 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.