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The Chewelah School District Open House and Barbecue will be Thursday, August 28 from 5-7 p.m. at Gess Elementary. Food will be served starting at 5 p.m. and then families are welcome to visit classrooms and teachers beginning at 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. The school offices will be open to complete paperwork, pay for food service fees and class fees.

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The Washington State
Department of Natural
Resources (DNR) announced
August 14 the following changes
in the industrial fire precaution
levels (IFPL) on DNR-protected
Effective 12:01 a.m. on
August 14, 2014, the following
industrial fire precaution level
changes were implemented:
Ferry County (Zone 678E)
has increased to Level 2.
Parts of Ferry and Stevens
County (Zone 685) has increased
to a level 2
Campfires are prohibited in
all DNR campgrounds.
Industrial Fire Precaution
Levels apply to all industrial
operations that might cause a fire
on or adjacent to lands protected
from fire by DNR (WAC 332-
24-301); this applies to logging
and other industrial operations.
The levels are established
for each of 38 "shutdown
zones" in the state on the basis
of National Fire Danger Rating
System data.
There are four IFPL levels:
Level 1 (closed fire season):
fire equipment and a fire watch
are required
Level 2 (partial hoot owl):
limits certain activities to
between 8 p.m. and 1 p.m.; fire
equipment and a fire watch are
Level 3 (partial shutdown):
prohibits some activities and
limits others to between 8 p.m.
and 1 p.m.; fire equipment and a
fire watch are required
Level 4 (general shutdown):
prohibits all activities
-Submitted by DNR

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Again it is time for the community to gather for the annual Chewelah Chamber of Commerce Dinner and Auction on Saturday evening, September 20 at the Chewelah Civic Center. This year's event will feature well-known writer and ballet performer Melanie Rose Huff and dinner catered by the Chewelah Kiwanis club. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for bidder registration and silent auction. Dinner will start at 6 p.m. and live auction bidding will begin at 7 p.m. starting with a dessert auction, according to auction co-chair Diane Evans.
Huff, of Chewelah, will be on-hand to talk about her writing and her books will be up for auction for a lucky bidder.
The Kiwanis club will serve up a delicious dinner with a choice of prime rib or salmon plus Caesar salad, baked potato, vegetable and roll. Dinner tickets are being sold in advance for $20 each and are available for purchase at Akers United Drug, Valley Drug Co. and the Chewelah Chamber of Commerce office but only a few remain at press time.
"The dinner has been extremely popular and tickets are selling quickly, less than 40 are left," Evans noted.
You do not need to purchase a dinner ticket to attend the auction.
A no-host bar will also be open featuring an excellent selection of wines and beer.
The dessert auction following dinner will serve up nearly a dozen of the finest treats in town.
"Some of the finest bakers in Chewelah will be preparing their best desserts for this event," Evans commented.
There are many items up for bid and include two log truck loads of firewood, crushed rock, art, automotive products and service, canoe, mini college and sports packages, Silverwood tickets, golf packages, hotel packages, and many more exciting products and services from local businesses. Partial lists of items will be published in The Independent prior to the event.
Cash, checks, debit andcredit cards will be accepted
for payment by winning
Also, the Chamber
auction committee is still
accepting donations for
the auction. Contact Sherri
Hansen 936-3720, Diane
Evans 936-1502, Kevin
Herda 675-0038, Paul Sety
935-8585, Janette Slaughter
385-4310 or Brian Ross 935-
Paul Sety will be the
master of ceremonies and
Steve Mitzner will be
The Distinguished
Young Women of Chewelah,
Alison Stevens, Moriah
Hudson and America Chantry
will assist Mitzner during
the live auction showing and
displaying items.
The Chamber has used
the money raised from
previous auctions to fund
projects such as flowers
in the downtown area,
Small Business Saturday in
November, the Spring Home
and Garden Show, seasonal
banners along Highway 395
and Main Ave., City Wide
Clean Up Day in April and the
new Green Belt Project.
"The Chamber auction
continues to reach new
heights each year, it's very fun
to visit with everyone and be a
part of the excitement. This is
a great community event that
brings many groups together
for a wonderful evening,"
Evans said of why she enjoys
participating in the Chamber
and the annual auction.
The Chamber office
is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday at our
new location 401 S. Park St.
Suite E or call us at 935-8595.
-Submitted by Chewelah Chamber of



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