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Maintaining control

Maintaining control

By Don Nelson Motorcyclists love the North Cascades Highway. It’s scenic, it’s a fun ride, and can be a manageable segment of an extended day trip for groups or individuals. For those coming from the west side, Winthrop is a great place to stop or stay the night. It seems like there are more motorcycles...
What Ailes us?

What Ailes us?

“One thing that qualifies me to run a journalism organization is the fact that I don’t have a journalism degree.” — Roger Ailes The day Donald Trump became the Republican Party’s presidential nominee, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes lost his job. History rarely delights us with such ironic symmetry. No one has done more to...
Letters to the editor: August 24, 2016

Letters to the editor: August 24, 2016

Every vote matters Dear Editor: When I wrote you last month about the recent primary election, I noted that we had a chance for real change at the county level, with two seats open. It is looking even better now. Our district eliminated the incumbent. Two good candidates, Ashley Thrasher and Andy Hover, will be...
Labor Day Rodeo returns Sept. 3 and 4

Labor Day Rodeo returns Sept. 3 and 4

The Methow Valley Labor Day weekend rodeo is back, with two days of broncs, bulls, barrel racing and other events on Sept. 3 and 4. Competition begins at 1 p.m. each day. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 7-12, and free for kids 6 and younger. The annual Labor Day rodeo was canceled...
RCO grants will support expanded mountain bike trails

RCO grants will support expanded mountain bike trails

The Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance Methow chapter has been awarded two grants by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) that will be used to support planning and permitting of an expanded summer non-motorized multi-use trail system at Sun Mountain, and a new summer non-motorized multi-use trail system in and adjacent to the Loup...
Winthrop writes off $49,000 in old, unpaid traffic tickets

Winthrop writes off $49,000 in old, unpaid traffic tickets

Winthrop won’t try to collect on old unpaid traffic tickets dating back to 1993 that are considered “uncollectable,” the Town Council has decided. The council decided last week to write off almost $49,000 of unpaid fines owed the town, many of which are more than 10 years old and have therefore passed the statute of limitations...
County’s new construction value on par with recent years

County’s new construction value on par with recent years

The value of new construction in Okanogan County in the past year is fairly consistent with value picked up annually since 2011, with the only spike recorded in 2015. New construction in Okanogan County in 2016 was valued at $40.7 million, a 20-percent drop from the $50.6 million added last year. “The spike in total new construction...
Fire bans on state, national land

Fire bans on state, national land

Here’s a roundup of recent campfire bans affecting outdoor activities: The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) banned all campfires on lands it administers as of Aug. 17. The statewide burn ban applies to state forests, state parks and forestlands protected by DNR firefighters. It prohibits all outdoor burning, including …
News of Record: August 24, 2016

News of Record: August 24, 2016

Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office Aug. 15 AGENCY ASSIST: Assistance requested for serving a warrant at a location on Canyon Street, Twisp. THREATENING BEHAVIOR: Caller on Second Avenue, Twisp, reported that a neighbor threatened them with bodily harm. Aug. 16 CITIZEN ASSISTANCE: Caller on West Chewuch Road, Winthrop, was concerned that unknown subjects were staying at...
Harts Pass: August 24, 2016

Harts Pass: August 24, 2016