20 years ago, Feb. 16, 1995
Parents of graduating seniors spent last Saturday baking and decorating 300 Valentine-shaped cakes. The cakes were sold throughout the community as a fundraiser for the graduation party to be held in June. Above Phil Ager, Terry Karro and Dan McAuliffe apply frosting. Methow Valley News file photo by Toni Dalton

Parents of graduating seniors spent last Saturday baking and decorating 300 Valentine-shaped cakes. The cakes were sold throughout the community as a fundraiser for the graduation party to be held in June. Above Phil Ager, Terry Karro and Dan McAuliffe apply frosting. Methow Valley News file photo by Toni Dalton

30 years ago, Feb. 21, 1985

LB Wrestlers Place 4th in State

Johnson Captures State Championship, Ends Season With Perfect Record

In a brilliant display of individual efforts, the Liberty Bell Mountain Lions grabbed fourth place in the state wrestling tournament at Moses Lake.

Jeff Johnson also captured a first place at the state tourney to give Liberty Bell its first state champion. The gym at Big Bend Community College was packed to capacity, as Johnson and his teammates struggled against schools with much larger teams to take home Liberty Bell’s first team trophy.

In addition to Johnson’s first place, Ernie Thurlow captured a second place medal. A severe bloody nose may well have cost him the championship match. Clayton Austin took home a third. Steve Finley grabbed a fifth. (The third time in three years that he has come home with a medal.) And Tod Johnson tied for seventh.

According to Coach Denny Young, “The team did a lot more than they were supposed to. We had a lot of injuries this year. I wish I could attribute our success to great coaching. But I can’t. We had a bunch of fine athletes, with a lot of desire to do well.”

50 years ago, Feb. 18, 1965

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Attention Rural Land Owners:

Do you know we are in the process of being zoned?

The Planning Commissioners latest scheme is to launch a full scale campaign, complete with meetings, newspaper and radio ads, and hand bills, to try gaining some support for their Comprehensive Plan.

Yes, even after repeated objections, including resolutions from The Cattlemans Assoc., Pamona Grange, Farm Bureau and petitions from individuals throughout the County, the Planners are still very active and continuing toward their goal of zoning the entire county.

DO WE NEED IT? If so, where will the money come from? Better have a look at the 1964 County Budget and the so called Emergency Resolution passed Dec. 28, 1964. The $250.00 the County Commissioners assured the people was the entire amount spent by the County Taxpayers for the Planning somehow ballooned into a $1,774.46 expense. This, of course, is in addition to the $9,750.00 and $20,000.00 Federal matching funds already spent on the project.

What will be the expense for 1965?

Can we afford it?

Isn’t it about time the Rural Land Owners organize?

Lets attend the next Planning meeting at the County Court House. The meetings are scheduled for the 4th Monday of each Month at 8 p.m. in Court room No. 2. Better get some answers to these and other important questions concerning our property rights.

IF YOU CARE, BE THERE.

Thank you, Don Delfeld, Okanogan; John A, Widell, Brewster; L.R. Vincent, Chesaw; Daryl Asmussen, Okanogan; Omar E. Smith, Riverside; Len Newell, Okanogan

80 years ago, Feb. 22, 1935

WOOD BRIDGES TWISP RIVER TO COST $8,000

The two bridges on the Twisp river to be replaced by the state highway department, are estimated to be rebuilt at a cost of $8,000, according to published legal notice. The bridges are to be rebuilt on the same sites as the old structures, recently taken out by ice jams.

Commencement of work, according to the notice, was to begin about Feb. 15, and is to be completed by March 31, it will be of interest to the several ranchers up the Twisp valley who are now marooned by loss of negotiable highway.

The bridges are to be entirely of wood construction, with crib piers filled with rock. Estimated labor costs on the work are $4,800.

 

DEMAND FOR LABOR AT DAM CALLS LOCAL MEN

Telephone call Sunday from Coulee Dam for all available common labor was received here, and word spread to those listed for employment and other available men. Several men from this section responded to the call.

It is reported that laborers do not have to be registered with the Reemployment service, but if eligible in the matter of citizenship, you should write Capt. C.C. Beery, U.S. Reemployment Service, Mason City, and he will notify you when to come to work.

100 years ago, Feb. 19, 1915

Town Council

The regular meeting of the town council was held at the regular meeting place Tuesday evening, February 9. All members present except Mayor H.E. Marble, and on motion E.F. Magee was elected to act as temporary mayor.

Councilman McFadden of the light committee reported that no definite arrangements had been made with the Twisp Light and Power company owing to the absence of Mr. Chisolm. The light committee was instructed to investigate efficiency of the light system that is now being rendered.

Resignation of F.M. Lewis, town marshal, to take effect at once was accepted, and committee on police was instructed to procure some one to act in that capacity until the return of Mayor Marble.

The water committee received request to interview those who were using the fire hydrant to get water supply, and impress upon them the necessity of making other arrangements as soon as possible.

Councilman Ramm reported liberal offers had been made by B.J. Rowley, whereby the town might be enabled to purchase the town hall property. Councilman Magee was instructed to take the matter in hand.