This page last updated:  April 21, 2017


Code of the West adopted by County Commissioners in pdf format

NOTICE is hereby given that, through June 30, 2017, the official newspaper for advertising Stevens County's legal notices will be The Chewelah Independent; E. 309 Main Street; P.O. Box 5; Chewelah, WA 99109.


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Stevens County was named for Washington's first territorial governor, Isaac I. Stevens.  When the new Washington territory was formed on March 2, 1853, Stevens applied to President Pierce for the governorship.  Pierce selected Stevens for the post which carried with it the title of Superintendent of Indian Affairs.   For more information on Isaac I. Stevens, click on this link:

The Stevens Territory represented an area covering what are now 13 counties in eastern Washington, all of northern Idaho and much of western Montana. (click on this link to see the various changes of Stevens County boundaries thru the years:   Before the advent of white settlement, Kettle Falls on the Columbia River was a gathering place for 14 tribes that fished there for salmon.  In 1811, white explorers embarked downriver from Kettle Falls to what became the Fort Colville trading post.  Established in 1825, it was the principal outpost for Hudson's Bay Company operations stretching from the Mississippi River to the Cascade Mountains.  For more information on the economic history of Stevens County, click on this link:

The current Stevens County Courthouse was completed in July 1939.  The architect was G.A. Pehrson; the general contractor was Tri-State Construction Company of Portland, Oregon with the original cost of construction of $94,680.00.  An addition and face-lift to the current Courthouse was completed in 1973 by the architect's Barnard and Holloway of Spokane, Washington.


 County Size    2,478.3 Square Miles

  County's Population   40,484

 Stevens County currently ranks 23rd in population to the other counties of Washington    State.  Only 9.400% of the population lives within the six incorporated cities which are:  Chewelah, Colville, Kettle Falls, Marcus, Northport and Springdale.
 The Spokane Tribe occupies 237.5 square miles of Stevens County.  
 According to the 2000 Census, (Tract Number 9510) has a population of 2,004.  Of the 2, 004 persons, 76.5% or 1,533 claim to be American Indian and/or Alaska Native race.

 Largest City    Colville

Colville's Population    5,000

 Congressional District   5th District

Legislative District    7th District

 Voter Precincts       53 Precincts

Registered Voters    27,985

 Elected Officials:
 Economy:   Timber, Agriculture, mining, recreation and tourism
 Recreation Areas:  49 Degrees North, Colville National Forest, Lake Roosevelt    National Recreation Area

Top Private Employers



# of Employees

1.  Boise  Lumber/Plywood 300
2.  Wal-Mart Retail 280
3   Providence Mount Carmel Hospital Medical 270
4.  Providence St. Joseph's Hospital Medical 195
5.  Vaagen Bros. Lumber Lumber/Plywood 126
6.  Colmac Coil Heating/Cooling Coils 125
7.  Hearth & Home Technologies Wood & Pellet Stoves 105
8.  Hewes Marine Boat Manufacturer 82
9.  Washington Dental Service Dental Claims Processing 74
10.  Stimson Lumber Lumber/Plywood 60
11.  Tripp Distributing Beverage Distribution 36
12. Colmac Industries Laundry Equipment 30
13.  Providence DominiCare Medical 30
14. Big "R" Farm & Ranch Supply 28

Other Employers


# of Employees

1.  Stevens County 366
2.  Colville School District 332
3.  Rural Resources Community Action 180
4.  Colville National Forest - Headquarters in Colville 60
5.  City of Colville 48
6.  Colville National Forest - Three Rivers District/Kettle Falls 38
7.  City of Chewelah 25

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