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Final county primary election returns show Hawley, Brown facing off for sheriff’s job

Final county primary election returns show Hawley, Brown facing off for sheriff’s job

With all Okanogan County primary election ballots counted as of Friday (Aug. 17), County Sheriff candidates Anthony Hawley and Steve Brown appear to have emerged as the top two among six contenders and will advance to the November general election. The County Auditor’s Office reported that Hawley, of Okanogan, drew 2,865 votes ...
Crescent Mountain and McLeod fires both grew on Thursday (Aug. 16)

Crescent Mountain and McLeod fires both grew on Thursday (Aug. 16)

By Marcy Stamper A spot fire from the Crescent Mountain Fire escaped the fire line along War Creek – evading even a sprinkler system – and got into dead timber, burning higher on the ridge, producing a huge plume of smoke on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 16). Because the new growth moves the fire further down...
Pateros woman dies in car accident

Pateros woman dies in car accident

A Pateros woman was killed in a one-car accident on Highway 153 on Friday (Aug. 10), the Washington State Patrol reported. Amanda D. Carlson, 34, was northbound near milepost 4.5, about 4 miles west of Pateros, at about 11:50 a.m. when her car left the roadway to the right, corrected back to the left and then...
Study finds ample historic evidence of grizzly bears in North Cascades

Study finds ample historic evidence of grizzly bears in North Cascades

A wide range of evidence shows that grizzly bears roamed the North Cascades for thousands of years, but it may never be clear how numerous they once were, according to a recently released study by the National Park Service.

More time allowed for input on grizzly proposal

By Ann McCreary Federal agencies will take additional time to consider input about plans to restore grizzly bears to the North Cascades. The Department of the Interior, the National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife (FWS) Service recently announced their intention to further evaluate input about a proposal to transplant grizzly bears...
Early primary returns: Diamond and Goehner appear headed to 12th District showdown; county sheriff’s race remains close

Early primary returns: Diamond and Goehner appear headed to 12th District showdown; county sheriff’s race remains close

independent Ann Diamond of Winthrop was winning Okanogan County in the primary election race among four candidates hoping to replace retiring 12th Legislative District Rep. Cary Condotta for Position 1 in early returns Tuesday (Aug. 7). But Republican Keith Goehner of Leavenworth was leading overall in the multi-county race.
Crews focus on accessible areas along Twisp River to control 6,000 acre Gilbert Fire

Crews focus on accessible areas along Twisp River to control 6,000 acre Gilbert Fire

Steep terrain limits options By Marcy Stamper The Gilbert Fire continued to grow on Thursday, although it was a “fairly benign day,” said Shelby Erickson, the division supervisor for the 16-person Type 3 Incident Management Team from Arizona handling the fire. Erickson was one of a dozen fire managers, elected officials and emergency managers who...
Gilbert Fire update 8/2/2018

Gilbert Fire update 8/2/2018

The Gilbert/Crescent Fire grew from 250 acres to approximately 4,500 between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning (Aug. 2). A public meeting regarding the Gilbert Fire will be held at the Methow Valley Community Center tonight (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m. …
Crescent and Gilbert fires expected to merge

Crescent and Gilbert fires expected to merge

**Updated at 6:15 p.m., 8/1/2018: The road closure due to the Gilbert and Crescent Fires has been moved back to the Buttermilk intersection (click link to view a map of the area). Campers and hikers at locations past the intersection are being asked to leave the area. The Buttermilk access to Black Pine Lake and...
Visiting AmeriCorps team provides help where it’s needed

Visiting AmeriCorps team provides help where it’s needed

By Matt Taylor An AmeriCorps troop started work in the Methow late last month, providing volunteer service to a number of local organizations and nonprofits. The troop, which consists of approximately a dozen members, was working out of the TwispWorks campus through mid-­July. This particular troop is part of the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC)...