Last year, Okanogan County made the national news a couple of times for its ties to some pretty splashy murder cases.
First, Sheriff Rogers appeared in the CBS show, “48 Hours” after his deputies helped nab Michael Oakes, who was convicted in Skagit County of killing celebrity dog trainer Mark Stover.
Then, the National Enquirer picked up on the Michelle Kitterman murder trials with a Page 40 headline, “Evil Wife Puts Hit on Hubby’s Mistress.” Four people were convicted for killing the 25-year-old Kitterman and her unborn baby, including Lacey K. Hirst-Pavek, whose husband got Kitterman pregnant.
This year, the county’s image is off to a little better start.
In January, Smithsonian magazine did a feature story on Keith Aubry’s ongoing wolverine study, taking place every winter since 2006. Eric Wagner, the writer, went out in the field to check traps with the biologists, including Aubry, who works out of the U.S. Forest Service Research Station in Olympia, and Winthrop biologists John Rohrer and Scott Fitkin. In his story, “The Way of the Wolverine,” the reputation for being elusive held true. Wagner got only a glimpse of wolverine tracks in the snow.
Then, this month ¿ as you may have read in last week’s Worm — Backpacker Magazine featured a section of the Pacific Northwest Trail that stretches from Oroville to Ross Lake, with the author calling it “among the finest two weeks of trail in the country, if not the world.”
To top that off, National Geographic published a two-page photo on Page 95 of its March issue showing the 40-ton balanced rock near Omak Lake on the Colville Indian Reservation. Shot at night, the rock is surrounded by a sky full of stars. A few pages later, also occupying two full pages, is a photo of Yeager Rock on the Waterville Plateau. In case you didn’t guess, the story, “Rock and Roll,” is about erratics, and is subtitled, “How a glacier pushed a boulder to a place near you.” In the Worm’s case, quite near.
Speaking of recognition, the Worm has learned that three Wenatchee residents have been recognized for their contributions to other people’s health. Two of them — Sewell Morgan and Rick McBride — were honored by the Wenatchee City Council for performing CPR on citizens who had collapsed recently.
Morgan, a mail carrier, performed CPR on a man who collapsed on the sidewalk. The man’s family and some U.S. Post Office employees came to the city council meeting to watch Morgan receive the city’s Good Citizen Appreciation Award. A couple weeks later, the council gave the same award to McBride, a Wenatchee Fire Department captain who was off duty when an elderly woman suffered a heart attack and collapsed during a church service. McBride initiated CPR until an ambulance arrived. Both of the patients survived.
Dr. Lance Jobe, a medical program director for the North Central Emergency Care Council, went to both of the award presentations and talked about how important it is for the public to know CPR, and how new CPR protocols have increased the chances of survival following a heart attack.
And also on the topic of health, former Wenatchee resident Kristin Wood is using her platform as recently-crowned Miss Washington Plus America to fight childhood obesity. The Miss Plus America pageant is a competition for plus-sized, or “as-is” women, which celebrates the beauty and potential of larger women.
Wood, who now lives in Bothell, won the state title in February, and will now compete for the national title in June. She is organizing events for schools to educate kids about healthy eating and the benefits of exercise. She believes her own experience as an overweight child can help empower other children.
Finally, for fame of a different nature, the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys will host a spring training program providing continuing education for lawyers in Spokane this spring. The Worm has learned that Grant County Prosecutor D. Angus Lee is scheduled to speak during the Association’s April 26 training session.
This is the same D. Angus Lee being investigated by the Washington State Bar Association for possible violations of conflict of interest rules.
The same Lee who could face a reprimand or suspension of his license, according to a letter from the bar’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel, with aggravating factors that included “dishonest or selfish motives.”
If you attend his session, it’s worth 1 Continuing Legal Education credit.
His topic: Ethics.
The Worm was compiled this week by World staff writer K.C. Mehaffey. Got a tip? Email email@example.com.