TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council declared there would not be a property tax increase in 2011 during their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 23.
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.
YAKIMA – The state Department of Ecology fined Crown Resources Corp., a subsidiary of Kinross Gold Co., $22,000 for submitting inaccurate water discharge test results at its gold mine project on Buckhorn Mountain near Chesaw.
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.
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.
SPOKANE – A Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT) artist’s work is the featured illustration on this year’s American Indian Heritage Month poster produced by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the agency recently announced.
NORTH COUNTY – Free Thanksgiving dinners are being offered and all are welcome to partake in both Oroville and Tonasket.
OROVILLE – Oroville will look into the feasibility of moving its Director of Community and Economic Development and its Permit Administrator to the city’s vacant Visitor Information Center at 1730 Main Street.
WATERVILLE – The jury in the murder trial of Lacey Hirst-Pavek reached a guilty verdict just before 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16 after beginning deliberations at 9 a.m.
Hirst-Pavek was on trial for her involvement in the murder of Michelle Kitterman during the early morning hours of March 1, 2009. Kitterman’s family, mother Tracy, twin sister Danielle and older sister Melinda were in Douglas County Superior Court along with other family and friends to hear the verdict.
At 2:15 p.m., Judge John Hotchkiss announced the jury’s guilty verdict for Hirst-Pavek’s charges of first degree premeditated murder and first degree manslaughter of an unborn quick child. Hirst-Pavek’s parents and assorted family members were also in the courtroom when she was declared guilty of all charges, including the aggravated circumstances of an accomplice using a deadly weapon and knowing the victim was pregnant before the crime was committed.
OMAK – An Omak man died when he failed to negotiate a curve on Hendrick Road and rolled down a 150-foot embankment Friday, Nov. 12.