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Marshal investigating death of man found near Winthrop Barn

Marshal investigating death of man found near Winthrop Barn

An investigation is being conducted into the death of a Seattle-area man who was found unresponsive in a restroom located behind the Winthrop Barn on Highway 20 Monday afternoon (Sept. 12). “At this time the death is still under investigation, and the body has been sent for autopsy,” Winthrop Marshal Hal Henning said Tuesday (Sept...

WDFW license sales resumed

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) resumed the sale of fishing and hunting licenses and the state Discover Pass through its network of about 600 dealers across the state on Saturday (Aug. 27), after sales were halted earlier in the week because of a possible security breach. Customers can call WDFW’s licensing customer...

UPDATED: WDFW offers free fishing while license sales are suspended

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is offering “free fishing” days through Tuesday while the agency’s license sales system is down. Earlier this week, WDFW temporarily suspended the sale of fishing and hunting licenses. The agency is working with the state Office of Cyber Security (OCS) to investigate a vulnerability in an outside...

County commissioner candidates Hover, Thrasher maintain lead in District 2 primary race

  Updated returns from Tuesday’s primary election indicate that incumbent District 2 Okanogan County Commissioner Ray Campbell continues to trail challengers Andy Hover and Ashley Thrasher and will probably not advance to the November general election. In vote counts released Friday (Aug. 5) by the Okanogan County Auditor’s office, Hover had 1,269 votes (41 percent),...
County commissioner candidates Hover, Thrasher lead in early District 2 primary results

County commissioner candidates Hover, Thrasher lead in early District 2 primary results

By Don Nelson Preliminary returns from Tuesday’s primary election indicate that incumbent District 2 Okanogan County Commissioner Ray Campbell is trailing challengers Andy Hover and Ashley Thrasher and may not advance to the November general election. In vote counts released Tuesday night by the Okanogan County Auditor’s office, Hover had 624 votes (42 percent), Thrasher...

Methow Valley Ranger District Fire update

From an Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, United States Forest Service press release on July 27, 2016: Winthrop, WA—So far this week, Forest Service firefighters responded to two small lightning caused fires ignited on the Methow Valley Ranger District and assisted Department of Natural Resources crews on another fire in the French Creek area.  A fireline has been constructed...

Commissioners likely to adopt county zoning code Tuesday

The Okanogan County commissioners have set Tuesday (July 26) at 2:30 p.m. to consider adoption of the update to the county’s zoning code. This is a continuation of their public hearing on the code, the fifth in their series of deliberations on the ordinance. The commissioners closed public comment on July 12. The most recent...

Okanogan Grange to Sponsor Primary Candidates Forum July 18th

(June 18, 2016) — The Okanogan Grange #1103 will sponsor and host a Primary Election Candidates Forum on Monday, July 18 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Okanogan Grange Hall, 305 Tyee Street in Okanogan, Washington.  Each candidate will have an opportunity to address the voters, and there will be a question and answer session for...

No newspaper? We’re working on that

What’s happening to mail delivery of your Methow Valley News? The short answer is, we don’t know. But we’re working hard to find out. Many of you — way too many of you — have called us the past few weeks to let us know that the paper didn’t reach your mailbox or post office box. It’s frustrating for...
County commissioners seek another month to work on zoning code

County commissioners seek another month to work on zoning code

The Okanogan County commissioners are seeking another month to complete the update of the county’s zoning code, and therefore want to keep the interim code in effect until the end of July. The interim code was adopted in December 2014 to preserve the status quo while the commissioners, planning staff and public worked on the...