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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...

Many forest areas, recreation sites to reopen sunday on Methow Valley and Tonasket Ranger Districts

Wenatchee, WA- As of Sunday, August 17, Methow Valley and Tonasket Ranger Districts on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest are opening many of the areas that have been closed due to fire activity. Areas that are now open include: * East Chewuch area * Upper West Chewuch area, including Andrews Creek and 30-Mile trailheads * North...
Campfire ban lifted for western Washington state parks

Campfire ban lifted for western Washington state parks

Individual parks may still have fire restrictions, depending on conditions OLYMPIA – August 15, 2014 – Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announced today that the ban on campfires in western Washington state parks has been eased as of this morning. Western Washington is considered the region west of the crest of the Cascade Mountain...
County gets FEMA disaster declaration for public infrastructure

County gets FEMA disaster declaration for public infrastructure

By Marcy Stamper
President Obama approved the request for a disaster declaration for public assistance connected with the Carlton Complex Fire on Monday (Aug. 11), according to a spokesperson for Gov. Jay Inslee. The major disaster declaration under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will compensate …

DNR bans all outdoor burning

Those who start or spread fires subject to civil and criminal penalties OLYMPIA – With dangerously hot and dry weather driving fire danger to a new high, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is expanding the current statewide burn ban to cover all outdoor burning on all DNR-protected lands, with no exceptions, the...
Rodriguez has big lead in coroner race

Rodriguez has big lead in coroner race

In the first returns from Tuesday’s primary election, Methow Valley resident Dave Rodriguez, chief criminal deputy for the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office, drew 2,074 votes (59 percent) in the race for county coroner and will advance to the November general election. In one of the few contested races affecting Okanogan County, Rodriguez is polling well...
Signal Hill fire raging between Twisp and Winthrop

Signal Hill fire raging between Twisp and Winthrop

By Don Nelson
A wildfire that broke out around 2 p.m. is raging on the west side of Highway 20 between Twisp and Winthrop, moving rapidly in a generally northerly
School board postpones levy request to voters

School board postpones levy request to voters

By Marcy Stamper
The Methow Valley School Board unanimously supported a recommendation by School District Superintendent Tom Venable not to take action on two levies under consideration — for facilities improvements and transportation — at …