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Hirst-Pavek murder trial set to begin Nov. 1

OKANOGAN – With the defense’s latest motion for a trial continuance denied, the murder trial for Lacey Hirst-Pavek is set to begin jury selection on Monday, Nov. 1 at Douglas County Superior Court in Waterville.

Hirst-Pavek will be tried on charges of first degree premeditated murder and first degree manslaughter that are the results of her alleged involvement in the murder of Michelle Kitterman and her unborn child in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 1, 2009.

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Candidates Jerian Ashley (left) and Cortney Ingle

Tonasket Rodeo Queen coronation on Saturday

TONASKET – The coronation ceremony for the 2011 Tonasket Rodeo Queen will be on Saturday, Oct. 23 beginning at 7 p.m.

This year’s candidates are Tonasket High School seniors Jerian Ashley and Cortney Ingle. Both girls are 5’10″ with green eyes, though Ashley has brown hair and Ingle has red hair. Ashley is a member of the Tonasket Comancheros Rodeo Club, 4-H, Boots and Saddles Barrel Racing Club, T-Club and the Loomis Community Club. Ingle is a member of the Caribou Trail Junior Rodeo Association, American Quarter Horse Association and the Boots and Saddle Barrel Racing Club.

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Vera Thompson Murphy

Vera Thompson Murphy, wife of James E. Murphy, Jr, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 at Morningstar Place in Hemet, Calif., surrounded by her family, devoted caregivers and friends.

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Irene Evelyn Thomas Birch

Irene Evelyn Thomas Birch passed away Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010.

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Have courage: vote for a new beginning

I am a greedy businessman. At least that is what the politicians and liberal/progressives want you to believe.

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Aristeo Maldonado and his wife, Evelia, are the originally owners of the Maldonado family orchards Los Hermanos Maldonado and M&A Orchard II, which are just outside of Tonasket on Highway 7. The orchards have been owned and run by the Maldonado family

Maldonado orchards a dream fulfilled

TONASKET – Fourteen years ago, Aristeo Maldonado fulfilled his lifetime dream of owning an orchard when he bought 40 acres off of Highway 7 just north of Tonasket.

“I grew up in the fields of Mexico and here I fulfilled my dreams,” he said. “We had two options: we could go back to Mexico or stay in the United States. My wife and children preferred to stay here and go to college. Evelia, my wife, saw an ad in the paper and we found out the government was giving credit to new farmers. I went to the bank and got the warrant from the USDA and we bought the orchard.”

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Francis Marion Gowen

Francis Marion Gowen passed away peacefully at home on May 18, 2010.

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Dorothy Youker

Dorothy Youker

Dorothy was born in England on Sept. 12, 1935. She passed away Sept. 20, 2010 of a triple aortic aneurysm during surgery at Spokane Deaconess Hospital.

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Isaac Parker

Isaac Parker

In loving memory of Isaac Parker, born Oct. 21, 1935.

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Theresa Lynn Fancher-Newton

Theresa Lynn Fancher-Newton

Theresa Lynn Fancher-Newton, age 30, found her way home Sept. 23, 2010, due to complications following eye surgery in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was born in Omak, Wash., on Dec. 19, 1979, to Pamela J. (Rickel) Fancher and Scott Fancher.

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