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Okanogan County urges signing up now for free emergency alerts

Okanogan County urges signing up now for free emergency alerts

There’s no emergency right now, but that makes it a propitious time to sign up for notifications through Okanogan County’s emergency-alert system. The automated system provides customized notifications of fires, mudslides and evacuations by phone, cell phone, text message or email. When signing up …
Firewood permits OK for Loup Loup area, but not everywhere in forest yet

Firewood permits OK for Loup Loup area, but not everywhere in forest yet

Permits to gather firewood from piles near the South Summit of Loup Loup, east of Twisp, will go on sale at the Methow Valley Ranger District beginning Friday (April 7). “Some roads, where winter logging has occurred, will be snow-free and dry enough to open up a little early this year,” said Methow Valley District...
Contractors needed for rehab projects

Contractors needed for rehab projects

Building contractors are needed to help perform rehab for low-income homeowners in Okanogan County. Okanogan County Community Action Council is recruiting licensed, bonded and insured contractors for rehabilitation and weatherization projects. Community Action recently received a $500,000 grant from the Washington Department of Commerce to support the work. “An important component of community development is...
Learn about self-defense and the law

Learn about self-defense and the law

People will have an opportunity to learn about current laws associated with using a firearm or force of any kind for self-defense in a free class taught by Okanogan County Prosecutor Karl Sloan, Okanogan County Firearms Instructor and Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Blake and — this year — a special guest, Washington State Supreme Court Justice...
Changing the world, one child at a time

Changing the world, one child at a time

Children were the center of the universe for Rayma Hayes, who created a world where childhood is filled with love and encouragement. That world is Little Star Montessori School in Winthrop, where more than 2,000 Methow Valley children have received the gifts of Hayes’ affection, attention and acceptance over the years.
Small plane flips at Twisp airport, no injuries reported

Small plane flips at Twisp airport, no injuries reported

The pilot and a passenger were unhurt after a single-engine Cessna missed the runway while landing at the Twisp Municipal Airport Monday (April 3) and flipped upside-down. The accident happened about 2:30 p.m. and was apparently caused by strong side winds, said Twisp Police Chief Paul Budrow. Emergency responders from Okanogan Fire District 6 and...
Rayma Susan Hayes1943 – 2017

Rayma Susan Hayes1943 – 2017

Rayma Susan Hayes was born on May 6, 1943, in Galveston, Texas. Rayma passed away at home on Monday, March 27, 2017. Rayma was a longtime educator in the Methow Valley and she adored her community. Upon discovery of her cancer in December, she was able to personally connect with many friends, family members and...
Charlene Florence Linzy (Johnson)1935 – 2017

Charlene Florence Linzy (Johnson)1935 – 2017

Charlene Florence Linzy (Johnson), 81, of Rochester, Washington, passed away March 23, 2017, at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia. She was surrounded by her son, Robert Nelson, and daughters, Joanne (Nelson) Jaeger and Kristen Thorstenson, many family members, and friends during her peaceful passing. Charlene was born in Winthrop in 1935, the daughter of...
John Hiller Zobel1960–2017

John Hiller Zobel
1960–2017

John Hiller Zobel, 56, died on Jan. 30 on the summit of Aconcagua in Argentina, which he climbed with his wife, LaVerne Woods. He died as he lived, always reaching for the top.  John was a published author, recovering attorney, accomplished athlete, scholar, wit, raconteur and consummate life partner and father. He lived in Seattle...
Verlan ‘Mac’ McMeans1929–2017

Verlan ‘Mac’ McMeans
1929–2017

Verlan “Mac” McMeans, 87, of Winthrop, passed away at his home on March 14, 2017. He was born on June 17, 1929, to Roscoe and Nellie McMeans of Weslaco, Texas. Verlan started driving truck on the family farm, hauling cattle when he was 14 years old. He graduated high school in 1948. He entered into...