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Editorial: Stevens County Commissioners need to go

Any Stevens County Republicans who ever thought about running for local office ought to start talking to neighbors and preparing to launch a campaign. The county’s three commissioners deserve to …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

Judge declines to hold Stevens County commissioners in contempt amid misspending allegations

In lawsuits brought by the county prosecutor, the commissioners – Wes McCart, Don Dashiell and Steve Parker – are accused of misspending more than $121,000 from a public fund dedicated …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019

Prosecutor seeks contempt ruling in convoluted case against Stevens County commissioners

A judge will decide Thursday whether the commissioners erred by authorizing the county to cover their legal expenses. In lawsuits started by the county prosecutor, the commissioners are accused of …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019

Crews search for plane that went missing after Monday takeoff from Colville airport

The pilot, a 67-year-old Colville man, left Colville Municipal Airport around noon Monday in his Cessna 182 Skylane.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

The Cowboy Whisperer: Ferry County range rider works to build understanding in Washington wolf country

Wolves are thriving in Washington, with their populations growing an average of 28% per year. But tolerance for wolves is, in Daniel Curry’s view, on the ropes. And every time …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

Man who shot son-in-law near Colville pleads guilty to manslaughter, gets 7 years in prison

James C. Gates shot and killed 51-year-old Mark Leland in December 2018. Leland had been married to Gates’ daughter, Michele, who killed two children while she was a juvenile in …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 12, 2019

Federal judge dismisses most claims in Stevens County sexual harassment lawsuit

A federal judge has dismissed claims made against the Stevens County District Court administrator in a lawsuit brought by a woman who says she was sexually harassed while doing court-ordered …


Widow sues Moody Bible Institute over deadly plane crash near Deer Park

A woman is suing the Moody Bible Institute over a plane crash that killed her husband and two other men, alleging the Chicago-based evangelical college failed to maintain the aircraft …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 31, 2019

Sue Lani Madsen: Reward offer shows ranchers’ frustration with wolf issue

Someone has been shooting cows from the road in Stevens County, according to the Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association. But the cattlemen’s shooting charge is hard to prove, and there’s no …


Spokane police investigating rumors of neo-Nazi ‘hate camp’

“Our intel suggests it is being held outside Spokane County,” said a spokesman for the Spokane Police Department.


UPDATED: Sat., July 20, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …