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District 6 levy proposal trails
in early returns

In early returns from the Okanogan County auditor’s office on Tuesday (Nov. 4), a proposed levy increase to support construction of a new fire station in Winthrop for Okanogan County Fire District 6 was being defeated by 593 no votes (54 percent) to 505 yes votes (46 percent). The auditor’s office reported that 6,618 ballots...
Meeting to discuss Navy plan for warfare exercises

Meeting to discuss Navy plan for warfare exercises

An open house is scheduled on Tuesday (Nov. 4) to discuss a proposal by the U.S. Navy to conduct warfare training exercises on the Tonasket Ranger District. The open house will be held 3:30-7:30 p.m. at the Okanogan Public Utility District in Okanogan. Forest Service and U.S. Navy personnel will be present to answer questions....
Bridge repairs close Hwy. 153 again

Bridge repairs close Hwy. 153 again

By Ann McCreary
Under the “what next?” category of events, State Highway 153 is closed — again — to through traffic, this time as a result of a crack in a column that supports the bridge over the Methow River just south of Carlton. Motorists traveling beyond Carlton in …
Tice Ranch purchased by local residents

Tice Ranch purchased by local residents

By Ann McCreary
The landmark Tice Ranch was sold to a local couple – Robert and Laura Howson – in an auction on Thursday (Oct. 16) for $3.108 million. Howson said Friday that the couple plans to live in the main lodge on the 305-acre ranch and …
N. Cascades Highway to be closed for repairs next week

N. Cascades Highway to be closed for repairs next week

Here’s an alert for motorists who plan to use the North Cascades Scenic Highway (state Highway 20) next week: The highway will be closed to through traffic from 6 a.m. on Tuesday (Oct. 21) until 4 p.m. on Wednesday (Oct. 22), according to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). WSDOT said in a press...
Missi Smith is new executive director at The Merc Playhouse

Missi Smith is new executive director at The Merc Playhouse

The Merc Playhouse in Twisp announced on Wednesday (Oct. 1) that Missi Smith has been named as the theater’s new executive director. Smith replaces Jane Hubrig, who had been managing director for six years. Smith was most recently a book publicist for 45th Parallel Communications in Winthrop, The Merc said in a press release. Previously,...

Update on prescribed burns

An update on prescribed burns in the Methow Valley from Meg Trebon, assistant fire management officer/fuels for the Methow Valley Ranger District: “This summer’s wildfires have had a profound impact on our community and on our forest. I’ve had questions from some of you about why we’re considering burning at all this fall, and want...

Scam artists targeting local residents

Winthrop Marshal Rikki Schwab has asked us to alert valley residents that there are several tax scams going on. Local residents have contacted my office in reference to being contacted by the IRS, Schwab said. “When I called the IRS and looked on their website, there are several scams in which foreigners are requesting money,...
Community pitches in to help owners of slide-damaged home

Community pitches in to help owners of slide-damaged home

By Don Nelson When they heard, they came. Several dozen friends and neighbors who responded to word-of-mouth networking swarmed through and around the home of Bob Elk and Janie Lewis on Friday afternoon (Aug. 22) to haul away belongings and shove thick, slimy mud out the back door one shovelful at a time. Volunteers toted...
Twisp River and Lake Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness Closures Lifted

Twisp River and Lake Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness Closures Lifted

 Winthrop, WA— Much of the Forest closure associated with the Little Bridge Creek Fire is being lifted today. The area around, and including the following recreation sites is open: War Creek Campground Mystery Campground Poplar Flat Campground South Creek Campground Roads End Campground Twisp River Horse Camp War Creek Trail #408 Reynolds Creek Trail South Creek...