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A new classroom initiative by the City of Chewelah and Jenkins Sr. High School will enable students to get first-hand experience in creating a city, running elections and creating city governance. This mock city council project, dubbed the “Students in Government” project, is a pilot project that pairs the work of Mr. Anegon’s Current World History class at Jenkins High School with the Chewelah Mayor’s Office. The project will allow students to create and name their own “city” as well as hold elections for seven city council positions.
“The ‘city’ the students are creating will have 88 citizens that are in the Current World History class and they are planning to hold elections to elect seven of those students as city council members. They will also be electing a mayor who will appoint a city administrator, a treasurer and a city attorney. The mayor will also appoint three committees that will address three city-related issues,” said Chewelah City Mayor Dorothy Knauss.
The issues the “mock city council” will address are being developed by Mayor Knauss and Mike Waters, an attorney from McGrane and Schuerman.
“We haven’t settled on the issues yet, but they will include a financial issue, a public safety issue and an issue with the city municipal code. We stressed we don’t care about the decision they make, rather we are interested in them learning the process,” said Mayor Knauss. “This is a pilot project this year, but our hope is that we want to peak their interest of these students so they may consider serving in local government when they get a little older.”
The Students in Government will present their mock city council decisions, their elected city council members and administrators prior to the regular Chewelah City Council meeting on May 6 at the Chewelah City Hall. The student presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

By Jamie Henneman, The Independent Staff

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The City Public Works Department will be flushing water lines city wide (not including Airport/Golf Course) on Monday, April 6 through Thursday April 9 beginning at 6:30 a.m. and continuing throughout each day.
Flushing could affect the water city wide. You may have water during this time, but it may be cloudy and/or rusty colored because of the sediment that has accumulated in the bottom of the lines during the past months. If you have low pressure or no water, please be patient as flushing may take 15 minutes to ½ hour in your area. If you encounter dirty water during this time, please avoid the use of ice-makers, dishwashers, and washing machines.
Call 935-8311 with questions or concerns.

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In accordance with R.C.W. 29A.12.130, WAC 434-335-520 and WAC 434-335-550 please be advised that all programming for the Accessible Voting Units and Vote Tally system to be used for the April 28, 2015 Special Election shall be tested by the Auditor's Office on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 10 a.m. in the Stevens County Election Center, 425 N Hwy., Colville, according to Tim Gray, Stevens County Auditor. Scanning and resolving of the test deck to be used in the Logic and Accuracy test was conducted during the week of March 16, 2015 and will be available for public review prior to the Logic and Accuracy test.
School Districts and representatives of the news media are encouraged to attend in order that we may answer any questions you might have prior to election night.
We request that the Central Committee Chairperson of each party attend or designate one representative to observe the proceedings and operations of the election center.
If further information is needed, please contact this office by calling 509.684.7514 or 509.684.4814.



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