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State auditors: county surplused vehicles without proper documentation

State auditors: county surplused vehicles without proper documentation

Okanogan County did not follow its own policies when it disposed of 16 vehicles it no longer needed, with nine sheriff’s vehicles given free to other police agencies and several cars sold at auction — all without officially being declared as surplus by the county commissioners, according to a state audit of county procedures.
Harts Pass: January 11, 2017

Harts Pass: January 11, 2017

Mazama: January 11, 2017

Mazama: January 11, 2017

By Mandi Donohue When I worked at the Mazama Store, we didn’t have Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays, etc. Instead, we had Egg Days, Oatmeal Days and Quiche Days. What Rudy Peterson ate for breakfast is how we acknowledged the passing of time. “Honey, did you hear Rudy is leaving?” My stomach dropped when I heard it....
Winthrop: January 11, 2017

Winthrop: January 11, 2017

By Ashley Lodato The other day I was reading the editorial in the Methow Valley News — titled “Headlines we’d like to see in 2017” (think “Another Methow Valley summer without wildfires” and “All leaks repaired and paid for at Wagner Memorial Pool”) — and a snarky retort popped into my head. “If you’d like to see those headlines,”...
Twisp: January 11, 2017

Twisp: January 11, 2017

By Sarah Schrock A healthy rivalry fosters pride and the rivalry is never greater than between neighbors. The rivalry that exists between our neighboring hamlets of Twisp and Winthrop always offers a lively conversation. Mazamans and Carltonians alike can shrug their shoulders and decree, “both towns are for the birds — give me the country.” But for...
Lower Valley: January 11, 2017

Lower Valley: January 11, 2017

By Joanna Bastian I’m one of those responsible adults who drives below the speed limit at night, and takes it slow whenever there is inclement weather or ice on the roads. Regardless of the time of day or weather, I also drive ridiculously slow on Gold Creek Loop Road. With all the curves and the...
Burn ban announced for Okanogan county and others

Burn ban announced for Okanogan county and others

    Worsening air quality conditions in north central Washington are prompting Stage 1 burn bans to be added for Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties, and an existing ban to extend in Kittitas County over the weekend and through the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the Washington Department of Ecology said Thursday (Jan....
District 6 appoints advisory group

District 6 appoints advisory group

An eight-member citizens committee has been appointed to advise commissioners of Okanogan County Fire District 6, and will meet for the first time on Monday (Jan. 16). The fire district’s three commissioners selected the citizens advisory committee members from 11 applicants who sent letters of interest to the district. The first job of the advisory...
Winthrop OKs contract agreement with Twisp

Winthrop OKs contract agreement with Twisp

The town of Winthrop has renewed its contract with the Town of Twisp for building inspector services. Winthrop pays the Twisp building official on a per-hour basis as needed at the rate of $29.59 per hour. In other business at its meeting last week, the Town Council re-appointed Gene Westlund, Lori Loomis and Paul Peterson...
Two cougars shot in Methow Valley after killing pets

Two cougars shot in Methow Valley after killing pets

A dog and cat were killed last week by cougars in two separate incidents in the Methow Valley. The cougars were subsequently tracked and killed by state wildlife officers. The first attack occurred on Monday, Jan. 2, on Second …