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Co-op, PUD crews work to restore power in many areas

Co-op, PUD crews work to restore power in many areas

By Ann McCreary and Marcy Stamper
Utility crews are working throughout the county today (Nov. 26) to restore electricity after heavy wet snow dropped trees and branches on power lines and caused widespread power outages. About 1,000 Okanogan County Electric …
Ken Bevis turns his ‘snag patch’ into wildlife habitat

Ken Bevis turns his ‘snag patch’ into wildlife habitat

By Ann McCreary
After the Rising Eagle Road Fire raged across his property last August, leaving the house intact but surrounded by stands of charred pine trees, Ken Bevis decided to make lemonade out of lemons — or wildlife habitat out of burned trees,
Christmas at the End of the Road fills up the weekend

Christmas at the End of the Road fills up the weekend

The annual Christmas at the End of the Road festivities take over Winthrop this weekend with two days of family-oriented events. And it’s all free. The events begin on Friday (Nov. 28) with storytelling by Granny Winthrop (Georgia Sanders) at Trail’s End Bookstore from 2 – 4 p.m. On Friday night, Morning Glory Balloon Tours will illuminate...
Winthrop ice rink project gets a $75,000 boost

Winthrop ice rink project gets a $75,000 boost

By Don Nelson
The Winthrop Ice & Sports Rink (WISR) got a big boost in its fundraising campaign to help pay for ice refrigeration equipment and other improvements at the Winthrop Town Council meeting last week. The council agreed to …
Snow slides close North Cascades Hwy. for winter

Snow slides close North Cascades Hwy. for winter

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) said Monday (Nov. 24) that the North Cascades Highway is closed for the winter. WSDOT temporarily closed Highway 20  at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday (Nov. 23) due to heavy snowfall and a snow slide in the Liberty Bell zone east of Washington Pass. After Monday’s assessment by maintenance...
Burned bear transferred to Idaho to spend winter

Burned bear transferred to Idaho to spend winter

By Ann McCreary
Almost four months after she was discovered on French Creek, limping on badly burned paws, Cinder the bear has returned to the Northwest and will spend the winter at an Idaho rehabilitation center before …
Herrst picked to fill vacant seat on Winthrop council

Herrst picked to fill vacant seat on Winthrop council

Vern Herrst, who ran unsuccessfully last year for a seat on the Winthrop Town Council, has been selected to fill the council position that was created when Mort Banasky died in August. Herrst was one of two people who applied to fill the council vacancy. The other was Billie Jo Hope. The council briefly interviewed...
Application deadlines near for fire, flood disaster relief

Application deadlines near for fire, flood disaster relief

Residents and business owners who suffered losses in wildfires or floods last summer should be aware of upcoming deadlines to apply for assistance. Friday (Nov. 28) is the deadline for homeowners to sign up for Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. SBA can provide loans of up to $200,000 for homeowners to rebuild after their home...
LBHS grad helps Central American asylum seekers

LBHS grad helps Central American asylum seekers

By Marcy Stamper
As immigration is once again a major focus of public policy and debate, one Liberty Bell High School graduate is working directly with Central American asylum seekers to provide basic comforts and transportation.
Participants sought for study on rural families

Participants sought for study on rural families

By Marcy Stamper
Jennifer Sherman, an associate professor of sociology from Washington State University, is living in the Methow Valley for the year as part of her research on families in rural Washington. Sherman’s project, “Changing Times, Changing …