Monday, Apr. 21, 2014

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Higbee hurls near no-hitter in Lions sweep

Higbee hurls near no-hitter in Lions sweep

By Mike Maltais

A single fielding error was all that stood between Mountain Lions pitcher Shane Higbee and a no-hitter as the Liberty Bell High School varsity baseball team defeated Lake Roosevelt, 7-1, as part of …

End of an era

End of an era

Dan Foussard, Jesse Davis and Chris Zahn pried boards and sheet metal off the Town of Winthrop’s 1940s-era Bluff Street shop on Saturday. Foussard, who bid $253 to dismantle the building and haul everything away, described the lumber as “absolutely gorgeous. I scored really good on it.” Although he doesn’t have definite plans for the...

Sparking interest

Members of the Okanogan County Electric Cooperative line crew – from left, journeyman lineman Jesse Davis, journeyman lineman Chris Zahn, and line foreman Wayne Stevie – demonstrated what can happen when something gets too close to a power line and creates a dangerous electrical arc. The safety demonstration was part of the co-op’s annual meeting...
MVID members raise concerns about water delivery strategy 

MVID members raise concerns about water delivery strategy 

By Ann McCreary

Members of the Methow Valley Irrigation District expressed concern and confusion Monday (April 14) about ongoing plans to restructure the way the district delivers water. About 40 MVID members attended a meeting held by district directors at the Senior Center in Twisp to provide


Red Cross action team ready to respond

Red Cross action team ready to respond

By Laurelle Walsh

Six Methow Valley residents have trained with the American Red Cross and are the area’s new Twisp-based Disaster Action Team.

Wendy Braden, Sheila Brandenburg, Kay MacCready, Heather Smith, and Renee and John Szenasi just finished Red Cross casework training and Emergency Response Vehicle training in order to …

Environmental groups challenge USFS ATV stance

Environmental groups challenge USFS ATV stance

By Marcy Stamper

A recent policy interpretation by the forest supervisor allowing ATVs to use roads in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest “is unlawful and should be reversed immediately,” argue two environmental organizations in a letter to the supervisor, Mike Balboni.

In a letter sent last week …

Rec district ballots due by Tuesday

Rec district ballots due by Tuesday

Voters have until Tuesday (April 22) to return their ballots in a special election proposing the creation of a Methow Valley Recreation District and election of commissioners to govern the district. Proposition 1 on the ballot asks voters to approve or reject “formation of a metropolitan park district under chapter 35.61 RCW (to) create a...
Twin Lakes Road repaving scheduled for summer

Twin Lakes Road repaving scheduled for summer

The Okanogan County commissioners have been approving right-of-way agreements to purchase strips of land along Twin Lakes Road for a $1.4 million repaving and widening project expected to be carried out this summer. The Okanogan County Department of Public Works will smooth corners and add four-foot paved shoulders for a two-mile stretch of road, from...
Traffic delays of up to 20 minutes likely in Loup Loup Pass area

Traffic delays of up to 20 minutes likely in Loup Loup Pass area

Motorists taking Highway 20 to Okanogan can expect delays of up to 20 minutes Tuesdays through Thursdays in the Loup Loup Pass area as crews work on a chip seal project between mileposts 209 and 227, the Washington State Department of Transportation said. The work is part of a $15.5 million project to resurface 238...
’49er Days royalty announced

’49er Days royalty announced

The Winthrop ’49er Days committee has announced its 2014 royalty: Grand Marshal Ken Westman, Grand Lady Lois McLean, Queen Vanessa Smith, and princesses Lily Darwood and Katherine Tannehill. Westman and McLean are both longtime valley residents with decades of ’49er Days under their belts. McLean said she is happy to be representing her hometown and...