Michelle Smith, President of the May Festival Committee holds up this year's festival T-shirt, with the "Let the Good Times Roll" design by Princess Cheyanne Sharpe. Photo by Gary DeVon

Oroville celebrates 76th Annual May Festival May 7 to 9

OROVILLE – To many it’s still “May Day,” but Oroville’s May Festival has grown into an event that’s too big for just one day and this year in addition to all the familiar activities there will also be a street dance on Saturday night.

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Tonasket M&O levy passing at above 62 percent

TONASKET – The Tonasket School District levy was passing above 62 percent late on the evening of Tuesday, April 27.

With 1,529 votes received as of 8 p.m. on Tuesday, the levy was passing with 955 “yes” votes for 62.46 percent. Just 574 votes were cast “no”, which was a 37.54 percent.

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Tansy Fae Arwen Mathis and David Eugene Richards sit behind the defense table during their murder trial for the killing of Michelle Kitterman, a 25-year-old pregnant Oroville woman, at the end of February 2009. Photo by Emily Hanson

Jury finds Tansy Mathis guilty of first degree murder

OKANOGAN – After less than 24-hours in deliberations, the jury for the Michelle Kitterman murder trial has found Tansy Fae Arwen Mathis and David Eugene Richards guilty.On April 22 at around 11 p.m., the jury found Mathis, 30 of Tonasket and Spokane, guilty of aggravated first degree murder, first degree manslaughter of an unborn child, first degree kidnapping and tampering with evidence, Sheriff Frank Rogers said. Richards, 34, Spokane, was found guilty of second degree murder and first degree manslaughter plus the enhancement of being armed.A third suspect, Brent Lane Phillips, 39 of Spokane, pled guilty earlier to first degree murder and testified at the trial. The fourth suspect, Lacey K. Hirst-Pavek, 35 of Tonasket, is scheduled to begin her trial on July 6.

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Daniel L. Pavek, wanted by the State of Washington to testify in the murder trials of Tansy Mathis and David Richards, has been missing for three weeks.

Pavek wanted by state

TONASKET – Daniel L. Pavek is missing and the State of Washington is looking for him.

Pavek, husband of Lacey Hirst-Pavek, who has been charged with First Degree Murder of Michelle Kitterman and First Degree Manslaughter of Kitterman’s unborn child

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Detective Mike Murray holds up Michelle Kitterman's left shoe, which was found near her body, for the jury to see as evidence toward the end of testimony Monday, April 19. Murray also showed the shirt, jacket, jeans and bra Kitterman was wearing the night

Testimony wraps up in murder trial

OKANOGAN – After a full day of testimony on Monday, April 19 at the murder trial of Tansy Mathis and David Richards, testimony was expected to continue through the early part of the week with the jury receiving the case by the end of the week for deliberation.

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Arbor Day Celebrations April 24 and 29

TONASKET – In his first proclamation as mayor, Patrick Plumb announced during the Tuesday, April 13 Tonasket City Council meeting that the Arbor Day celebration will be on Saturday, April 24 at about 3:30 p.m.

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NCW Media retains contract for county legal advertising

OROVILLE – With the county commissioners’ decision to accept North Central Washington Media, Inc.’s bid for their legal advertising the Gazette-Tribune and Quad City Herald remain Okanogan County’s official newspaper of public record.

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Must be postmarked by election day, April 27

OKANOGAN – Ballots for the April 27, 2010 Tonasket Special Maintenance and Operation Levy Election went into the mail Thursday, April 8.

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Okanogan County’s response to census was lowest in state

OKANOGAN COUNTY – As of April 9 Okanogan County had the lowest response to the U.S. Census and there are just two days left to act by mail, according to the U.S. Census Office.

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Bharucha acting administrator at North Valley Hospital

TONASKET – Chief Financial Officer of North Valley Hospital District Bomi Bharucha is the acting administrator until a new one is found.

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