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Letters to the Editor Week 48

Words cannot express

We’ve been helping with benevolences for quite a few years now and it never ceases to amaze us at the outpouring of support and love the community steps up time and after time in such a big way. Words cannot express the emotion of gratitude in our hearts right now for all your help in this time of need.

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Travis Rairdan

Travis Glenn Rairdan

Travis Glenn Rairdan, 25, was tragically lost on the evening of Nov. 12, 2010. He was born to Bill and Connie Rairdan on March 31, 1985 in Tonasket.

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Phillips sentenced to 26 years in prison

Nov. 23 in the Okanogan County In-Jail Courtroom.

Phillips received 147 months for first degree manslaughter of Kitterman’s unborn child, 12 months for tampering with physical evidence and 96 months for first degree kidnapping.

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No property tax increase for Tonasket

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council declared there would not be a property tax increase in 2011 during their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 23.

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Ellisforde home destroyed by fire

ELLISFORDE – The Ellisforde home of Sidney Bosch and his wife was completely destroyed by flames on Monday, Nov. 29 after a fire that began in the basement.

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Tracy Kitterman tearfully read a statement about her daughter Michelle Kitterman at Lacey Hirst-Pavek’s sentencing on Tuesday, Nov. 23 in Okanogan Superior Court. “Today, I am joyous there is justice, but I also have a bleeding in my heart,” she sai

Hirst-Pavek sentenced to life without parole

OKANOGAN – Lacey Kae Hirst-Pavek was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on Tuesday, Nov. 23 in Okanogan Superior Court for the murder of Michelle Kitterman and 126 months in prison for the manslaughter of Kitterman’s unborn child.

Along with the prison sentence, Hirst-Pavek was order to pay $13,992.50 jointly and severally with the other convicted murderers in this case, Tansy Mathis, David Richards and Brent Phillips, as restitution to the Kitterman family and $860.50 in court fees.

Before Hirst-Pavek’s sentence was declared by Douglas County Superior Court Judge John Hotchkiss, members of Kitterman’s family and their family advocate spoke to the court about Kitterman’s life and the affect her murder has had on their family.

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Kody Kramer, a senior at Pacific University, is a former Oroville Hornet Wrestler.

Kody Kramer has best finish for Pacific University in Mike Clock Open

FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Kody Kramer, a senior at Pacific University, finished fifth at 157 pounds to be the top finisher for the Pacific men’s wrestling team as they played host to the Mike Clock Open at the Stoller Center on Sunday.

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NVH warrants down to almost $2.6 million

TONASKET – With the North Valley Hospital District making payments of nearly $30,000 a week, the warrants had lowered to $2,610,000 by Friday, Nov. 19.

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Free Thanksgiving dinners offered locally

NORTH COUNTY – Free Thanksgiving dinners are being offered and all are welcome to partake in both Oroville and Tonasket.

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Many things to give thanks for this year

It is sometimes hard to find things to be thankful for as we approach the end of a difficult year, however, it is especially important at these troubling times that we take time to be thankful

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