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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 …


UPDATED: Wed., March 5, 2014

Stevens County students sent to hospital after bus crash

An early morning slide off sent eight students of the Mary Walker School District in Stevens County to the hospital, according to district administrators.


Muslim family fights small town in court for religious exemption

SPRINGDALE, Wash. – From the cluttered back stoop of Raqeebah Amatallah’s one-story farmhouse in rural Stevens County, it’s hard to see how the snow-covered wooden structure about 50 yards away …


Colville police officer pleads guilty to sex crimes

A Colville police officer who followed women driving away from bars and forced them to have sex with him pleaded guilty Tuesday to multiple crimes and must register as a …


Colville officer pleads guilty to sex crimes

Colville Police officer Rex Newport pleaded guilty to five criminal felony and misdemeanor counts Tuesday, according to the Washington Attorney General’s Office. Newport admitted to having sex on the job …


Spokane Humane Society aiding dozens of dogs rescued from property

Spokane Humane Society staff members hope some of the more than two dozen dogs rescued from squalid conditions in rural Stevens County earlier this month will be ready to adopt …


$7,500 reward offered in Stevens County wolf-poaching case

A $7,500 reward is being offered for help solving the case of a gray wolf found on Feb. 9 shot to death in northern Stevens County.