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Sports briefs: July 22, 2015

Sports briefs: July 22, 2015

Junior golf ends season The Junior Golf program at Bear Creek Golf Course wraps up on Thursday (July 23) with a “drive, chip and putt” championship and a three-hole tournament beginning at 3 p.m. There will be a barbecue after the events. Organizer Jill Sheley said that 27 youngsters ages 7-14 participated this summer, about...
Killer Whales swamp Okanogan Bullfrogs

Killer Whales swamp Okanogan Bullfrogs

The Methow Valley Killer Whales swim team doubled up on Okanogan at a home meet at Wagner Memorial Pool on July 14, outscoring the Bullfrogs, 439-218. The girls out-pointed Okanogan by 238-97, while the boys scored 201 points to the Bullfrogs’ 121. Later in the week, swim team members swam laps — as many as they could — in...
Ice rink work progresses

Ice rink work progresses

Larry Miller, his construction crew, and volunteers from the community finished drying-in the new roof at the rink last week. Another crew was expected to finish roofing this week. 0Miller, owner of Big Picture Construction, encourages other contractors to pitch in and help. “Even if you and your crew can give half a day it...
Drought conditions prompt fishing closures, restrictions

Drought conditions prompt fishing closures, restrictions

State fishery managers have closed or restricted fishing on more than 30 rivers throughout Washington to help protect fish in areas where drought conditions have reduced flows and increased water temperatures, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) said in a press release. The closures and restrictions took effect Saturday (July 18) and will...
Widespread drought spells disaster for farmers, fish, people across the state

Widespread drought spells disaster for farmers, fish, people across the state

Officials who oversee water supplies, agriculture and fish don’t have to exaggerate to convey the grim conditions facing Washington as a result of a prolonged drought. Almost 99 percent of the state is classified as being in a “severe drought.” Eighty sturgeon, from 5 to 7 feet long — including breeding females — have been found dead along the...
Marshal’s resignation leaves Winthrop looking for options

Marshal’s resignation leaves Winthrop looking for options

The resignation of Winthrop Marshal Rikki Schwab, which again leaves the town with only one law enforcement officer, is prompting another discussion about whether the Twisp and Winthrop police departments should merge their operations. Schwab, who became marshal in May 2014, confirmed at last week’s Town Council meeting that she is resigning effective Friday (July 24)....
Valley native named to district court seat

Valley native named to district court seat

Methow Valley native Robert Grim has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Okanogan County District Court. Grim, who is the son of Renda Grim and Robert M. Grim, was sworn in on July 10. He succeeds Heidi Smith, who resigned the position, and joins Judge Charles Short on the District Court bench. Grim...
Twisp council tweaks excessive water loss ordinance

Twisp council tweaks excessive water loss ordinance

A revised Twisp town ordinance means that property owners who permit excessive water loss due to leaky faucets, toilets or other plumbing fixtures will only be eligible for a reduction in their billing if the malfunction happens during winter, when water meters are not regularly read. Town water customers are required to repair problems in...
New preschool and new teachers at Community School

New preschool and new teachers at Community School

The Methow Valley Community School in Twisp is expanding its offerings beyond elementary school next year, with programs for preschoolers and the opportunity for home-schooled students to attend classes in subjects including reading, math, arts and outdoor learning. The school has hired Sabrina Freedman as the primary elementary teacher. Freedman has five years’ experience teaching...
Four Methow Valley roads get lower speed limits

Four Methow Valley roads get lower speed limits

Speed limits on four Methow Valley Roads — about 5 miles total — will be lowered to 35 miles per hour (mph) by the end of next week, after Okanogan County Public Works installs new signs, according to county engineer Josh Thomson. The Okanogan County commissioners approved the changes by a vote of 2-to-1 at their meeting on July 14....