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Youth’s death possibly caused by alcohol overdose, coroner says

Youth’s death possibly caused by alcohol overdose, coroner says

A preliminary investigation indicates that a 17-year-old man on a brush-clearing crew died from an alcohol overdose or poisoning, according to Okanogan County Coroner Dave Rodriguez. Santos Armando Romero Mendez Jr. (known as Armando) was working on a crew …
Reminders for winter firewood cutters

Reminders for winter firewood cutters

Local residents relying upon firewood from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest to heat their homes during the winter should always know what the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) is, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The information is posted at ranger station offices and also available on the Washington State Department of Natural Resources website, www.dnr.wa.gov/ifpl....
Halloween looks scary good for valley’s trick-or-treaters

Halloween looks scary good for valley’s trick-or-treaters

Burgar Street in Twisp will teem with trick-or-treaters on Halloween night when the street is closed to traffic in an annual tradition that provides a safe place for little ghosts, witches and the other usual suspects. The street will be blocked off at both ends when it gets dark on Monday (Oct. 31), turning it...
Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Manger Mall volunteers needed

Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Manger Mall volunteers needed

It’s time to start thinking about two of the local holiday season’s most-important community events — Neighbors Helping Neighbors and Manger Mall. The programs provide assistance to local families in need of a little help shopping for gifts or getting Christmas dinner on the table. The Neighbors Helping Neighbors holiday food baskets program will have a volunteer...
New civic building proposal includes street vacation

New civic building proposal includes street vacation

Preliminary plans for a new civic building in Twisp propose extending the building into a portion of Third Avenue next to the current Town Hall and closing the street to vehicles. In addition to providing space for Twisp’s administrative offices and police department, the civic …
Forman passes the rural economic development baton after long career

Forman passes the rural economic development baton after long career

Washington has been more attuned than most states to the reality that creating successful economies in rural communities results from helping them grow and nurture what they have rather than merely trying to attract businesses from elsewhere to relocate. Now as Maury Forman, the man who built …
Okanogan Long Term Recovery Group seeks volunteers for Make a Difference Day

Okanogan Long Term Recovery Group seeks volunteers for Make a Difference Day

The Okanogan County Long Term Recovery (OCLTRG) is seeking local volunteers for Make A Difference Day on Oct. 22.  Make A Difference Day is one of the largest annual days of service nationwide. Volunteers from around the nation come together with a common mission of improving the lives of others. This goal of this one-day...
Last-half property taxes due to Okanogan County

Last-half property taxes due to Okanogan County

Last-half Okanogan County property taxes and irrigation assessments are due (or must be postmarked by) Monday, Oct. 31. Interest and penalties start accruing Nov. 1 for any unpaid taxes. Mail your taxes or assessments to Okanogan County Treasurer, P.O. Box 111, Okanogan, WA 98840. Payments by credit card are accepted at www.okanogancounty.org/Treasurer or by calling 1-877-737-4772....
Winthrop Town Hall will get a structural inspection

Winthrop Town Hall will get a structural inspection

After the Winthrop Town Hall basement flooded for the second time in two years last July, the town has decided the old building needs a structural inspection to help determine what repairs it might need. At its meeting last week, the council approved a contract with design and engineering consultants …
Taste of Three Valleys will benefit The Loup

Taste of Three Valleys will benefit The Loup

Taste of Three Valleys 2016, an annual fundraiser for the nonprofit Loup Loup Ski Bowl, will be on Oct. 15 at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds Agri-Plex. The event includes dinner, silent and live auctions, and music by Laura Love and the Family Dog. Tickets for the adults-only event are $50, or $400 for a corporate...