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New Winthrop deputy has experience in Alaska, Washington

New Winthrop deputy has experience in Alaska, Washington

By Don Nelson
The valley’s patch of wintry weather is isn’t likely to faze Winthrop’s newest deputy marshal. Mark Harreus comes to the Methow directly from Alaska, where he worked for about nine years in various law enforcement jobs including one at the remote village of Unalakleet.
Twisp police chief ready to train citizens for emergency response team

Twisp police chief ready to train citizens for emergency response team

By Laurelle Walsh
To prepare for future large-scale emergencies, Twisp Police Chief Paul Budrow says his community needs to be able to survive for three days before outside agencies come in with assistance. Last summer’s fires “brought the issue into the forefront,” Budrow said.
Fees waived at county central landfill for some fire debris

Fees waived at county central landfill for some fire debris

By Marcy Stamper
People who still have “ash and trash” to dispose of after their property burned during the Carlton Complex Fire can get the disposal fees at the Okanogan County landfill waived if they make arrangements with volunteers from the Brewster-Pateros Long Term Recovery Organization (LTRO).
Winthrop ready to put old police cars on the block — including the Trans Am

Winthrop ready to put old police cars on the block — including the Trans Am

By Don Nelson
The Town of Winthrop plans to sell its dilapidated fleet of former law enforcement vehicles — or at least most of them — as surplus equipment. That would include the “purple police car” — a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) vehicle that …
Johnson named interim executive director of chamber music festival

Johnson named interim executive director of chamber music festival

By Don Nelson

Liz Johnson has been named interim executive director of the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, which will return with a full schedule next year after being cancelled in 2014 because of the summer’s fires. “We’re going to come back full force,” Johnson said.

No Bad Days

No Bad Days

By Don Nelson Trial by Fire on track It’s taking us a little longer than originally planned to put together our Trial by Fire publication, which will chronicle the Methow Valley’s summer of challenges. We now plan to publish it with the Dec. 24 issue of the newspaper. Because of the Christmas holiday that week,...
Letters to the editor: Dec. 10, 2014

Letters to the editor: Dec. 10, 2014

Gutting the comp plan Dear Editor: I first came to the Methow Valley 40-odd years ago to do fire research. Part of my job was to digitize every extant fire map of the area, and it quickly became clear to me that, to paraphrase Keynes, in the long run we are all toast. Anybody who...

Legislature, governor should support wildlife and rec funding

By Gary Schalla As we approach the holiday season, there is no better time than now to start thinking about the state budget. Don’t believe me? We have a fast-approaching opportunity to secure abundant gifts for our children and grandchildren if our elected officials commit robust funding for the outdoors. The counties of North Central...

Legal notices, Dec. 17, 2014

LEGAL NOTICE INVITATION TO BID. Sealed bids will be received by the Town of Winthrop at Town Hall located at 206 Riverside Avenue (PO Box 459), Winthrop, Washington, 98862 until 11:00 A.M. on January 7, 2015 and there publicly opened and read. The Town of Winthrop Upper Bluff Street Reconstruction consists of reconstructing and widening...
Executive director named for home-rebuilding effort

Executive director named for home-rebuilding effort

By Ann McCreary

A rebuilding campaign to replace homes lost in the Carlton Complex Fire will get underway next spring, and an executive director has been chosen to lead the process. The Carlton Complex Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG) has selected Carlene Anders of Pateros to …