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THE OMAK-OKANOGAN COUNTY The hunt is on! Youngsters search for Easter eggs April 7, 2010 A7 B3 Omak turns the tables on Cashmere Essential Reading in Okanogan and Ferry counties. PLOWING 75 cents Murder trial begins THE PASS Pool of 41 jurors needed before whittling begins By Al Camp The Chronicle Mark Mahnkey/Special to The Chronicle A Kodiak snow blower sends out a fan of snow from state Highway 20 above Spiral Gulch and below Liberty Bell Mountain. Highway clearing is nearly done Mid-month opener predicted for North Cascades Highway By Mark Mahnkey Special to The Chronicle MAZAMA — Motorists soon will be able to cross Washington and Rainy passes via the North Cascades Highway to the Puget Sound region. A mid-April opening is predicted. State Department of Transportation personnel had estimated the opening could come as soon as April 9, but snow and slides took their toll on clearing efforts. "Monday was kind of a lost day," DOT Wenatchee spokesman Jeff Adamson said. "The crew spent most of it reclearing the one to one and a half feet of snow that fell since Friday." Snow continued to fall as they worked April 5. Crews found 10- to 12-feetdeep snow slides across the previously cleared road below About the highway Opened: September 1973 Open all year: 1976-77 Earliest opening: March 10, 2005 Latest opening: May 21, 1976 Earliest closure (season): Nov. 6, 1995 Latest closure (season): Jan. 9, 1990 Liberty Bell Mountain, he said. They planned to continue working toward Rainy pass on Tuesday and then go back and clean up below Liberty Bell on Wednesday. Opening the highway will be a certain relief to the merchants in Winthrop and Mazama, whose hours seem to be limited to Friday through Monday during winter months. As of this past week, two Kodiak snow blowers, custommade in Parma, Idaho, were working along with loaders, graders and the Pisten Bully to remove the snow from the pass, Adamson said. Late last week, the crews “ OKANOGAN — The murder trial for Tansy Fay-Arwen Mathis and David Eugene Richards started with juror selection Tuesday, April 6, in Okanogan County Superior Court before Chelan County Superior Court Judge T.W. "Chip" Small. Small said in all there Mathis would need to be a pool of 41 jurors before attorneys could start using challenges to whittle the pool down to a final 16 jurors. Only 12 will decide the case, with the extras at the end of what is predicted to be a three-week trial being dismissed prior to deliberations. A total of 152 potential jurors showed up Friday morning to fill out a questionnaire that was to be examined by attorneys before 25 jurors are called at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 6. Attorneys will question each of them before another 25 jurors will be questioned at 1 p.m. If the 41 jurors sought are not found, the process will continue the next day with those not called the first day calling a phone number Tuesday night to learn when they would be asked to report. Mathis, 30, and Richards, 34, along with Brent Lane Phillips, 29, all from Spokane, are accused of killing Michelle L. Kitterman, Richards 25, on March 1, 2009, on remote Stalder Road about 15 miles southwest of Tonasket, court records said. In an agreement calling for Phillips to testify in the trial, the state accepted his guilty plea March 29 to the reduced charges of first-degree murder premeditated murder, firstdegree manslaughter of an unborn child, tampering with See Trial A10 Wauconda sells on eBay The crew spent most of (Monday) reclearing the one The winning bid to one and a half tops $370,000 feet of snow that By Brenda Starkey The Chronicle fell since Friday. Jeff Adamson ” were over Washington Pass to Blue Lake — the road was cleared shoulder to shoulder. DOT will miss its traditional meeting of the plows this year. "Someone accidentally sneezed on my side and cleared all the snow in one shot," west See Highway A10 WAUCONDA — The community's business district its cafe and store - has been sold on eBay for $370,601. The bidding for Wauconda ended at 1:14 p.m. Friday, April 2. A Seattle TV station reported that the winning bidders were a couple from Healesville, Australia. After a 30-day eBay auction, 34 bidders placed 112 bids, and the winning bid was placed at 2:38 p.m. Wednesday, March 31. The auction included the Wauconda restaurant/bar/grill, a gas station/convenience store established in 1898, a government-leased post office, a four-acre owner's ranch and the original, 100-year-old homestead log cabin. The store sits on state Highway 20, and more than 10,000 cars per day travel the route during the summer, the auction said The Okanogan County tax sifter lists the property with an assessed value of $184,800. According to auction information, the winning bidder had until 5 p.m. Monday, April 5, to wire a 5 percent cash deposit to an See Wauconda A10 Former Oroville woman dies in crash Compact car meets SUV on highway near Davenport By Brenda Starkey The Chronicle OROVILLE — A former Oroville resident was killed Monday morning, April 5, in a tw0-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 2 eight miles west of Davenport in Lincoln County. Heather L. Hockett, 23, died at the scene, the Washington State Patrol said. She was the daughter of Dave Hockett, Oroville, and was a student at Eastern Washington University majoring in business with a minor in music. She planned to graduate in 2011. She was returning home from spending Easter with her family in Oroville when the accident occurred, according to her sister Michelle Hockett. Heather Hockett loved to sing, and she cared a lot about others, her sister said. She was one of the youngest of six siblings. She had two sisters and three brothers. She was listed as a resident of Cheney and Portland, Ore., the Hockett patrol said. A 41-yearold Davenport woman, Kimberly D. Cole, was taken to Davenport Hospital after the 7:19 a.m. crash. Hockett was eastbound when her compact car collided in the westbound lane with Cole's SUV, the patrol said. Both vehicles left the road and ended up in the westbound ditch. There will be no charges resulting from the crash, the patrol said. At right, the wreckage of Heather Hockett’s vehicle rests on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 2 about eight miles west of Davenport. Al Lozano/KREM TV Plush Pillow Top Mattress Sets $399.99 Regular Price $599.99 Queen Size Entire mattress department on sale! 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