Three suspects in the Michelle Kiterman murder case await a ruling on DNA testing in the Okanogan County In-Custody Courtroom. They are (L-R) Tansy Fae Mathis, Brent L. Phillips and David Eugene Richards. A fourth suspect, Lacey Hirst-Pavek, is out on bai

DNA testing on sample in Kitterman murder to be done within 60 days

OKANOGAN – DNA testing on a hair sample for the Michelle Kitterman murder case will be done within the next 60 days.

The time limit was set during a hearing in the Okanogan County Jail In-Custody Courtroom, overseen by Judge Christopher Culp.

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No decisions made on Oroville School Sports

OROVILLE – Although a highly anticipated vote on school sports was expected at their last school board meeting, the decision was put off until a later date.

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Officer Patterson's Patrol Car in the Oroville equipment yard behind the Depot Museum. Covered with a blue tarp, much of the wreckage is hidden from view, but emergency personal at the scene described the damage caused by the collision with a cow on Hwy.

Oroville Police Officer’s health improving after collision with cow

SPOKANE – Officer Christopher Patterson, seriously injured when his patrol car collided with a cow on U.S. Highway 97, is showing marked improvements, according to Oroville Police Chief Clay Warnstaff.

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Mo Brown, 17, riding his board up the side of the bowl, getting ready to turn at the top.Photo by Emily Hanson

Skate Park finished; Tonasket skaters see room for improvements

TONASKET – Local skaters in the Tonasket area said they like the new skate park, but see areas for improvement.

The park, dedicated to the memory of Jerry Allstot (1982-2002), was finished by June 30. A pillar at the park states that Allstot was a member, contributor and friend of the B3 Skate Park Project.

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The cherry lines at Gold Digger will employ some 270 people this harvest.

Gold Digger will employ 270 working on cherry line

OROVILLE – It was too early to tell whether the rain Sunday night and Monday morning was going to cause their cherries to split, but growers were doing their best to dry off the fruit – employing everything from wind machines to helicopters.

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The original cornerstone of St. Martin's Hospital, sealed on Sept. 17, 1952. The construction crew at North Valley Hospital discovered the cornerstone in the wall  of the lobby and within it they found a time capsule when they hit it with a jackhammer. Th

Time capsule from hospital’s cornerstone opened

TONASKET – A time capsule from the original cornerstone of St. Martin’s Hospital was opened during the North Valley Hospital board meeting on Thursday, June 25.

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Gloria and Andrew Joseph are this year's Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo Grand Marshals

Josephs are Chesaw 4th of July Rodeo Grand Marshals

NORTH COUNTY – Like every year the North Okanogan comes alive for Independence Day and this is no exception with the Fourth of July Rodeo in Chesaw and fireworks displays in Oroville.

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Oroville gives go ahead to Verizon’s 80 foot cell tower

OROVILLE – The Oroville Council approved Verizon Wireless’ request for a new cell phone tower located at 2019 1/2 Highland Drive despite objections by some who live nearby.

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Hearings for Kitterman murder defendants Thursday, June 25

OKANOGAN – All four defendants in the Michelle Kitterman murder case will appear in court for another hearing today.

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Still in Business - Despite a detour, Tonasket is still open for business. The Washington State Department of Transportation has put up a sign informing travelers on the County Highway 7 detour that the Tonasket businesses are still open. Photo by Emily H

Tonasket businesses still open during Janis Bridge closure June 15 to July

TONASKET – The Chamber of Commerce heard a presentation about the reasons for the Janis Bridge closure and construction during their meeting on Tuesday, June 9.

The presentation, given by Washington State Department of Transportation Engineer Dustin Vaughn, also included the efforts the agency has taken to ensure that travelers know Tonasket businesses are still open despite the detour from Highway 97 to Highway 7.

“I was asked why the DOT was doing this project now and the answer is a financial one,” Vaughn said. “The project has a hard start date of June 15 which means they’ll start posting the closure signs at Ellisforde, but people don’t have to get onto Highway 7 until Fourth Street. There are 30 working days for this project and July 27 is the last day. We’ve added a few signs, black writing on bright orange, to say “Tonasket businesses open’.”

After hearing this, Alice Attwood, city clerk, suggested placing these signs not just on Highway 7 for travelers on the detour, but also at Ellisforde, to let travelers know before they get onto Highway 7 that Tonasket businesses are still open.

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