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Environmental group says gold mine has problems with water quality

CHESAW – The environmental group Okanogan Highland Association is warning that mining activities at the Buckhorn Mountain Project are adversely impacting local water quality.

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Work on Oroville Pedestrian Project mostly complete

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council heard a report that the majority of work done to correct problems with the Oroville Pedestrian Project has been completed.

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Lacey Hirst-Pavek takes notes during her murder trial in Douglas County Superior Court in Waterville on Monday, Nov. 8. Photo by Emily Hanson

Witness connects Hirst-Pavek with convicted murderers

WATERVILLE – During the fourth day of testimony in Lacey Hirst-Pavek’s trial for her suspected involvement in the murder of Michelle Kitterman, a witness was able to connect her with the three people already convicted in the case.

While being examined by Prosecuting Attorney Karl Sloan, Brian Hohman from Spokane connected Hirst-Pavek to Tansy Mathis, David Richards and Brent Phillips during his testimony on Monday, Nov. 8. Hohman was a customer of Mathis’ and Mathis introduced him to Richards. Through his drug buying relationship with Richards, Hohman met Phillips, whom he only knew as “Hollywood.” Hohman knew Mathis for approximately eight months prior to the murder of Kitterman in the early morning hours of March 1, 2009, according to his testimony.

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Second ballot count still favors Detro, Rogers, Groomes, McCormack and Raws

OKANOGAN COUNTY – Although the numbers have increased for all candidates in the second ballot count, those leading in the first count seem to be hanging on by about the same percentages.

As in the election night count, the second count of Okanogan County ballots held last Friday, Nov. 5, favor Jim Detro, Frank Rogers, Charleen Groomes, Leah McCormack and Henry Rawson in their respective races.

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Tonasket Chamber officer nominations done

TONASKET – Officer nominations were made at the regular Tonasket Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

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New staff at Oroville Schools includes three new teachers (L-R) Eric Stiles, Jacqueline Marshall and Kelsey Cleveland.

Three new teachers join staff for Oroville Schools

OROVILLE – Three new teachers joined the Oroville School District staff with one at the elementary school at the start of the school year, one at the elementary school building, one at the junior/senior high building and the third splitting his time between both buildings.

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Henry “Hank” Allen from Oroville and his brother Loren, both veterans of World War II, with Justin Peterson at Spokane International Airport prior to the Allen’s flight to Washington, D.C. to see the World War II Memorial built in their and fellow W

Honor Flight flies WWII Vets to see their memorial at nation’s capital

CHEWELAH – Two Oroville veterans of WWII are among 15 who got to fly back east to see the WWII memorial in Washington, DC thanks to the efforts of a Chewelah, Wash. student who has raised money for the Inland Northwest Honor Flight program.

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Tonasket Council still thinking about ad valorem taxes for 2011

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council continued their discussion of an ad valorem tax in 2011 to their Tuesday, Nov. 9 meeting during their meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

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2011 NVHD budget will be presented at Nov. 4 meeting

TONASKET – The 2011 budget for the North Valley Hospital District will be presented at the next hospital board meeting on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in the boardroom.

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Clockwise from top left: Commissioner candidate Jim Detro, sheriff candidate Frank Rogers, clerk candidate Charleen Groomes and treasurer candidate Leah McCormack.

Early election count Tuesday favors Detro, Rogers, Groomes and McCormack fo

OKANOGAN COUNTY – Election night counts of Okanogan Countyballots favor Jim Detro as the next county commissioner and a return of FrankRogers as sheriff.

Although results are not yet official with several left tobe counted, Detro leads fellow Republican Becki Andrist for Okanogan CountyCommissioner, District 3, representing the north end of the county. Detro had4,087, or 60 percent of the votes, cast in his favor, to Andrist’s 2,765.Sheriff Rogers, the incumbent, was also leading his opponent, Deputy DaveYarnell, by a healthy margin for the sheriff’s position. Voters cast 4,795votes, or 67 percent, in favor of returning Rogers for another term as the county’stop law enforcement official. Yarnell received 2,335 votes. Both candidates ranas Republicans in the Tuesday, Nov. 2 general election.

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