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Oroville has been offered the remaining year of a two-year lease of this billboard along Main Street by Rocky and Cindy DeVon of RE/MAX Lake and Country Real Estate, the current leaseholders. The council discussed using hotel/motel taxes to advertise Lake

Water and sewer rates going up in Oroville

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council voted approval of a two-year increase in water and sewer rates for all customers inside and outside the city limits.

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Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez

New Border Patrol Chief takes command in Spokane Sector

SPOKANE – U.S. Border Patrol Chief Michael J. Fisher has officially transferred command of the Spokane Sector to Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez.

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Open House planned to answer questions about gold exploration on Buckhorn M

OROVILLE – Several state and federal agencies are hosting an open house on Tuesday, Dec. 14 to answer questions about a proposal to do minerals exploration on Buckhorn Mountain, northeast of Oroville.

The open house is from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Oroville High School Commons, located at 1016 Ironwood Street.

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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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Mining company looking for more gold on Buckhorn

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.

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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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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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Artist Virgil “Smoker” Marchand, a member of the Colville Confederated Tribe, designed the artwork for the national American Indian Heritage Month Poster. The illustration depicts the transfer of traditional values between past, present and future gen

Artist Virgil Marchand’s work on American Indian Heritage Month poster

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.

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