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News briefs: September 10, 2014

News briefs: September 10, 2014

This week: County to consider variance requests for Mazama property, Bike trail work party at Sun Mountain on Sept. 14, Buckhorn Mine funds environmental projects in Okanogan County and West Nile virus found in Okanogan County horse
News of Record: September 10, 2014

News of Record: September 10, 2014

Okanogan County Sheriff Aug. 25 EXTRA PATROL REQUESTED: Several complaints were registered about speeders on Twisp-Carlton Road, the detour for Highway 153. CIVIL MATTER: Caller on Wolf Creek Road, Winthrop, reported a renter had caused major damage to a property and used the owner’s credit cards. STRAY ANIMALS: It was reported that five or six...
Governor appeals FEMA denial of help to individuals

Governor appeals FEMA denial of help to individuals

By Marcy Stamper

Gov. Jay Inslee has appealed the denial of a major disaster declaration that would help individuals affected by the summer’s wildfires. The appeal was submitted Tuesday (Sept. 9). If approved, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program would allow people affected by the fire to …

Burned bear cub making good progress

Burned bear cub making good progress

By Ann McCreary
Cinder, the bear cub who was badly burned in the Carlton Complex Fire, is moving well now on her bandaged paws after a month of treatment at a California wildlife rehabilitation center. She’s moving so well, in fact, that she leads her caregivers on a chase around her enclosure...

Volunteers, agencies team up to clear slide debris from river

Volunteers, agencies team up to clear slide debris from river

By Marcy Stamper

Steve Taylor, a professional river guide who has logged hundreds of thousands of miles on local rivers, was concerned about the impact on the Methow River when a torrent of mud and water cascaded down hillsides last month, destroying a dozen houses.

With several of the damaged properties perched just...

Detours will continue as repairs made on state highways

Detours will continue as repairs made on state highways

By Ann McCreary

Motorists should expect detours and delays to continue for several weeks on state highways 20 and 153, which were extensively damaged in recent floods and mudslides. Sections of both highways — two of the three highways that access the Methow Valley — were washed out …

Improv theater taking root in the Methow Valley

Improv theater taking root in the Methow Valley

By Laurelle Walsh
A small group of improvisational theater enthusiasts has established twice-monthly practice sessions in the valley, and would like to encourage others to give it a try. Still without a formal name, the improv group meets on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at …
Barns, boots & country roots

Barns, boots & country roots

The 67th-annual Okanogan County Fair lured exhibitors of pigs, cattle and goats; chickens, lop-eared bunnies and kittens; cookies and brownies; and quilts and pickles from around the county. The Methow Valley Cascaders 4-H Club attracted many new participants this year, who showed 16 pigs, chickens, rabbits, horses and a steer, according to leader Suellen White....
Vintage Wheels

Vintage Wheels

Lady Lions shut out Tigers; lose to Bulldogs

Lady Lions shut out Tigers; lose to Bulldogs

By Mike Maltais
The Liberty Bell High School varsity girls’ soccer team split a pair of games against tough opponents from Okanogan and Tonasket at the Okanogan Jamboree last Saturday (Sept. 6). In two 20-minute games, the Lady Lions handed the Tigers a 2-0 loss and came up short, 1-0, against the Bulldogs.