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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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Free Thanksgiving dinners offered locally

NORTH COUNTY – Free Thanksgiving dinners are being offered and all are welcome to partake in both Oroville and Tonasket.

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Oroville Councilman Walt Hart III received an Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities.  Photos by Gary DeVon

Oroville looking at moving two ‘Chrises’ to old VIC Building

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.

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Lacey Hirst-Pavek waits in handcuffs to be transported out of Douglas County Superior Court after a jury found her guilty of all charges, including first degree premeditate murder Tuesday, Nov. 16, in the killing of Michelle Kitterman.

Hirst-Pavek guilty of first degree murder

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.

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Travis G. Rairdan died after the pickup he was driving left the roadway, clipped a power pole and overturned before rolling about 150 to 200 feet down a hillside and striking a patio roof at 6 Valley View Park Drive in Omak. OCSO photo

Omak man dies in car crash

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.

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