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WEDNESDAY UPDATE:  More evacuation orders as fires, smoke spread

WEDNESDAY UPDATE: More evacuation orders as fires, smoke spread

By Ann McCreary Additional evacuation orders were issued Wednesday morning (July 16) for residents living in the path of approaching fires burning near Carlton. Five houses on the north side of Gold Creek Road were placed on Level 3 evacuation, which means …
Homes evacuated on Texas Creek as fire advances

Homes evacuated on Texas Creek as fire advances

By Ann McCreary
Residents of 10 homes on Texas Creek Road near Carlton were ordered to evacuate at about 1:30 p.m. today as the Stokes Road Fire was approaching to within one-quarter mile of the houses.

Motorcyclist injured in accident near Winthrop • Countywide burn ban

By Marcy Stamper

Okanogan County hearing examiner Dan Beardslee approved a proposal to rezone eight acres on the Walking D Ranch after considering plans of the family corporation and comments from …

DNR imposes burn ban on eastern Washington lands

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will imposed a burn ban on DNR-protected lands east of the Cascades beginning Tuesday (July 1), and is expected to last through Sept. 30. The burn ban is currently limited to eastern Washington. It may eventually be extended to western Washington as conditions warrant, the DNR said....
Shoreline restrictions near Wanapum Dam extended

Shoreline restrictions near Wanapum Dam extended

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has extended the closure of four water access sites along the Columbia River behind Wanapum Dam through Oct. 31, while work continues to repair a fractured spillway, the agency said in a press release. WDFW officials closed the sites and access to the beach in March, after...
Marshal says Winthrop can get new, not used, police vehicles

Marshal says Winthrop can get new, not used, police vehicles

Winthrop will be able to buy two new police vehicles, rather than used ones, to replace the aging, unreliable SUVs the department now has, Marshal Rikki Schwab told the town council Wednesday (June 18). Schwab said she had done more research into the kinds of vehicles available, and found more money in her current budget,...

Arlington motorcyclist dies in accident south of Twisp

A 56-year-old Arlington man was killed Saturday afternoon (June 7)  when his motorcycle collided with a car on Highway 153 about seven miles south of Twisp, the Washington State Patrol reported. James E. Stutzman was northbound at about 5:40 p.m. when a southbound car driven by Gloria M. Mathyer, 51, of Spokane, crossed the center  line, according...

Motorcyclist injured on Highway 20

A Sedro-Woolley man was injured Tuesday morning (June 3) when his motorcycle crashed on Highway 20 about 10 miles east of Twisp, the Washington State Patrol reported. Darrell L. Katarzy, 67, was alone on his motorcycle heading eastbound at about 8:45 a.m. when the bike left the roadway as Katarzy attempted to negotiate a curve,...

Liberty Bell High School State Tournament results

By Mike Maltais
Updates from this weekend's many state tournament competitions.
Spring prescribed burning is complete

Spring prescribed burning is complete

The spring prescribed burning season has concluded in the Methow Valley, the U.S. Forest Service said in a press release this week. Crews will focus on patrolling active burn units while continuing to prepare for fire season, the release said. Burn treatments were completed on about 750 acres this spring. “This summer we plan to...