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Fire growth slows, smoke heads west

After a week of deadly fires forcing evacuations of whole towns and pushing fire officials to scramble for more help, Saturday was calm. Or as calm as it could be …


Okanogan towns get respite from fires

Many communities across Okanogan County had a brief let-up from fires scorching the region Friday evening. Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said the threat to people and homes was lower. …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 21, 2015

Ferry County evacuations ordered for fast-moving fires

Some northern sections of Ferry County received evacuation notices Friday morning as another fast-moving fire threatens the communities of Boyds and others.


Stevens County volunteer firefighters help save community

FRUITLAND, Wash. – A forest fire destroyed Jean Sturk’s home in 2001. On Saturday, her home almost burned again. “This man saved our home,” she said. “It’s a miracle, a …


Stevens County fire crews, homeowners battle to save homes

ADDY, Wash. – Several blazes in Stevens County stretched fire forces thin early Saturday as they battled massive flames. “We dealt with a fire that was probably 4,000 acres, and …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 15, 2015

Man dies in Stevens County fire evacuation; several homes lost

The Colville Complex fire stretched state and local fire forces thin over night, driving some homeowners to battle the flames themselves.


Fire near Clayton destroys rental home

A fire burning between Clayton and Loon Lake, Washington, shut down Highway 395 for several hours Wednesday afternoon before the highway reopened around 6 p.m. The fire began in a …


UPDATED: Wed., July 29, 2015

Highway 395 near Clayton open after brush fire

A fire burning between Clayton and Loon Lake shut down Highway 395 for several hours Wednesday afternoon before reopening around 6 p.m.


Washington state seeks to detain sex offender indefinitely

The Washington state attorney general’s office is attempting to label a Stevens County sex offender a sexually violent predator after the man was jailed several times for probation violations. Officials …


Sex offender charged in Colville assault

A 42-year-old convicted sex offender is back behind bars after allegedly attacking a woman outside a Colville coffee stand Monday. Jason R. Foster was booked into Stevens County Jail earlier …


Shawn Vestal: Stevens County group swears oaths of officials are improper

They call themselves the People’s Oversight Committee – sometimes just “The People” – and they’re doing their darnedest to engineer a coup d’état in Stevens County. Using the style of …


Grant will fund work to reduce wildfire risk in northeast Washington

Steve Parker had two reactions to last summer’s wildfires in Central Washington: a deep empathy for the people who lost homes and businesses, followed by the thought, “What if that …


UPDATED: Mon., March 9, 2015

Brush fire burns yard in Springdale

Stevens County firefighters put out a quarter-acre brush fire in Springdale, Washington, Monday afternoon.


Pot charges ‘overzealous,’ federal jury told during closing arguments

The fate of three people accused of growing and dealing marijuana out of their rural Stevens County home will soon be in the hands of a federal jury. Those 12 …


State grant gives old rural Washington photos new life online

Photos from the Colville National Forest’s archives offer a glimpse of what it was like to work in the woods of Northeast Washington during the early 1900s. Being a Forest …


Morgenstern will stay in jail on federal child porn, assault charges

Craig Morgenstern, who faces federal charges of sexually abusing a child and production of child pornography, will remain in jail after waiving his right to a bail hearing Thursday afternoon.


Accused child rapist in Spokane jail, likely to face federal charges

COLVILLE – Investigators say they have video evidence that a Nine Mile Falls physician accused of drugging and raping a 13-year old boy last weekend has victimized other minors. Dr. …


Long Lake pollution study worries Suncrest residents

Andy Gendaszek dove into the shallow water along Long Lake’s shoreline earlier this week, targeting dark, weedy areas downstream from housing developments. When he emerged, the U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist …


Stevens County prosecutor wants guilty verdicts reviewed

The Stevens County prosecuting attorney is taking the unusual step of asking a court to review five guilty verdicts amid concerns that defendants’ constitutional rights may have been violated. Tim …


Officials: Sheep-attacking wolf pack’s alpha female killed

Washington wildlife officials confirmed Thursday that the alpha female of a sheep-attacking wolf pack was killed by a helicopter shooter last month. A Stevens County rancher has moved his sheep …


Stevens Co. prosecutor: No charges in officer-involved shooting

A Stevens County detective will not face charges after exchanging gunfire with a man outside a home in Rice, Washington, earlier this year, prosecutors said Monday.


Houseboat owner fined in Park Service shooting incident

The houseboat owner facing charges of assaulting a federal law enforcement officer agreed to a deal Monday that will keep him out of jail and order a $100 fine for …


Lake Spokane fire 30 percent contained, firefighters say

Three hundred firefighters from various agencies are working to contain a fire that broke out earlier this week near Ford, Washington, and Long Lake Dam.


Lake Spokane wildfire now tops 900 acres

A hundred firefighters from around the state drew a literal line in the sand Thursday in southern Stevens County in what appeared to be a successful ploy to contain the …


Ford wildfire hits 550 acres, threatens 60 homes

Evacuations were ordered in southern Stevens County as a wildfire that started early Wednesday evening rapidly grew to about 700 acres. The fire, near the intersection of state Highways 231 …


South End Project aims to enlarge ATV access while protecting Colville National Forest land

For years, human activity has trashed the pristine ecosystem of Phillips Lake. Campsites are strewn with human waste and beer cans. Signs and fences have been shot, pushed to the …


Suspect pleads guilty to role in killing

The first of seven suspects tied to the gruesome death of an alleged drug dealer and the kidnapping of his girlfriend pleaded guilty Friday. Joseph Gillespie, 34, will spend the …


Court documents: Park ranger fired on boat because he heard gunfire

Federal court documents indicate National Park Service Ranger Matthew Phillipson fired his gun during a September excessive noise call on a houseboat in Stevens County because he thought he heard …


Stevens County detective involved in fatal shooting

An off-duty Stevens County detective shot and killed a man Tuesday night at a rural home near the Columbia River, according to Spokane County investigators called in to handle the …


Harpham loses MLK parade bombing appeal

The man who placed a bomb along the Martin Luther King Jr. Day march route in January 2011 will continue to serve his 32-year prison term after a federal judge …