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UPDATED: Sat., July 20, 2019, 5:11 p.m.

Turf battle between Stevens County judges headed to Washington Supreme Court

The Washington Supreme Court has agreed to review the matter and sort out which judges have jurisdiction over initial court hearings, which often determine if a person will be let …


UPDATED: Thu., July 11, 2019, 3:02 p.m.

Wolf pack to be targeted by Washington state shooters after repeated cattle attacks

A wolf pack in northeast Washington with a history of attacking cattle will be targeted by state shooters this week.


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 10:14 a.m.

Stevens County prosecutor sues county commissioners for allegedly misspending $121,000 in homelessness funds

Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen started two lawsuits against the commissioners following a February report by the state auditor’s office, which found they had made an “unallowable gift of public funds.”


Cattlemen association in Stevens County urges residents to report wolf and cougar attacks to the sheriff – before state wildlife managers

A cattlemen association in Stevens County urges residents to report wolf and cougar attacks to law enforcement before calling state wildlife managers.


Two cows killed in Stevens County

Members of the Wedge wolf pack are being blamed for killing one cow in Stevens county, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.


Family connections help couple take the plunge in the resort business at Loon Lake

For Spokane couple Jim and Katy Byrnes, purchasing the Shore Acres Resort in Loon Lake is not only about providing travelers with a place to unplug and enjoy nature, it’s …


UPDATED: Sat., June 1, 2019, 4:39 p.m.

Two wolves killed in Stevens County over Memorial Day weekend

Two wolves were killed in Stevens County over the Memorial Day weekend.


Stevens County man accused of posing as Mexican drug cartel to extort members of his own right-wing militia

A nationwide arrest warrant has been issued for a onetime Stevens County sheriff’s candidate who allegedly tried to extort members of his right-wing militia group by posing as a Mexican …


UPDATED: Fri., March 22, 2019, 9:15 a.m.

Colville police officer charged with assault for second time in five months

Officer Michael S. Welch is accused of assaulting his girlfriend and nearly running her over while drunkenly backing his car out of a driveway on March 9.


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 9:58 p.m.

Appellate ruling orders Stevens County judge to play nice with colleagues

In the latest twist of a legal turf battle, appellate judges ruled Tuesday that at a Stevens County District Court judge overstepped her legal authority when she instructed clerks to …


State audit finds Stevens County misspent $121,000 in homelessness funds

The state auditor’s office published its findings in a report on Feb. 21, saying the flood payment constituted an “unallowable gift of public funds” and the other payment relied on …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 1:03 p.m.

Someone stole 29 guns from the Kettle Falls police chief. Twenty-eight are still missing.

Chris Courchene, the Kettle Falls police chief, told Stevens County sheriff’s detectives he had twice sent his girlfriend to meet a mysterious suspect and paid $1,250 in hopes of retrieving …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 2:10 p.m.

Stevens County Commissioners issue wolf safety announcement

The Stevens County Commissioners announced that wolf “packs have come very close to homes in several areas of Stevens County,” Tuesday.


Colville police officer charged with assault in alleged drunken incident at downtown bar

Michael S. Welch faces a fourth-degree assault charge, a gross misdemeanor, stemming from a confrontation caught on camera at a bar in Colville on Nov. 1.


Deer Park rancher Beryl Baker leaves behind philanthropic, land legacy

A $1 million fund established in the names of his two sons whose lives were cut short in the 1980s isn’t the only gift Beryl Baker left behind. His sprawling …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018, 8:18 p.m.

Democrats complaint over GOP voter guide rejected by state elections officials

A Republican voter guide in Stevens County draws complaints from state Democrats, but Washington elections officials say it doesn’t look enough like the state guide to run afoul of the …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 5, 2018, 5:14 p.m.

Highway south of Chewelah blocked after multiple-car crash

Two people were airlifted to a hospital after a crash involving two pickup trucks in Stevens County at about 1 p.m. Friday, according to Trooper Jeff Sevigney, Washington State Patrol …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 13, 2018, 5:24 p.m.

2,000 acre fire near Kettle Falls burns three homes, threatens another 120, as it continues to grow

A wildfire burning northwest of Kettle Falls has leveled at least three homes and threatens another 120.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 10:18 p.m.

Two killed after car flips, hits tree off Highway 231 in Stevens County

Two people were killed Wednesday afternoon in a one-car collision in southern Stevens County.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 8 a.m.

Preliminary report says plane broke up midair before Deer Park crash

A plane piloted by a student that crashed near Deer Park in mid July, killing all three occupants, is believed to have broken up in midair before slamming into an …


UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018, 3:06 p.m.

Two expectant fathers among victims of Friday’s plane crash near Deer Park

Two men, each of whom had a wife expecting a child, were among the three people who died Friday morning in a plane crash near Deer Park, according to online …


UPDATED: Sun., June 10, 2018, 7:40 p.m.

Thousands lose power in Stevens and Spokane counties Sunday

Thousands were without power in northern Spokane County and the southern tip of Stevens County as the region experienced rolling thunderstorms and heavy wind.


UPDATED: Wed., May 16, 2018, 9:52 p.m.

After two terms, Stevens County Sheriff Kendle Allen to retire

After decades in Stevens County law enforcement – and two terms at the helm – Sheriff Kendle Allen has decided to retire at the end of the year.


UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Former deputy prosecutor accuses Stevens County prosecutor of sexual harassment

A former Stevens County deputy prosecutor says she was subjected to workplace sexual harassment by County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen.


UPDATED: Mon., April 23, 2018, 10:58 a.m.

Stevens County sheriff bans deputies from talking to coroner about death investigations

A feud in Stevens County has led to a disjointed and at times broken system for dealing with deaths within the county, and an increased burden on county taxpayers.


UPDATED: Wed., April 4, 2018, 10:36 p.m.

Rescue4All seeking compensation for animals rescued last year

A nonprofit rescue organization that took in dozens of neglected animals following a raid on a Stevens County home last year says it is still waiting for compensation for its …


100 years ago in Spokane: Mine president pledges $5,000 for highway from Spokane to Nelson, B.C.

Conrad Wolfle, president of the United Copper Mine of Chewelah, pledged $5,000 toward building a paved highway from Spokane to the British Columbia border, and then on to the city …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 5:04 p.m.

Norovirus outbreak spreading in Stevens County

A number of Stevens County towns are in the middle of a norovirus outbreak, the Northeast Tri-County Health District said Saturday.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 9:29 a.m.

3 arrested in Stevens County hammer slaying

Three people have been charged with the hammer killing of a man in rural Stevens County as his children slept in a nearby car.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 25, 2017, 9:38 p.m.

Former Colville newspaper editor faces more shoplifting charges

Kevin Hulten, a 38-year-old former editor at the Statesman-Examiner newspaper and political operative previously tied to a Snohomish County elections scandal, faces additional theft charges after an alleged string of …