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Final county primary election returns show Hawley, Brown facing off for sheriff’s job

Final county primary election returns show Hawley, Brown facing off for sheriff’s job

With all Okanogan County primary election ballots counted as of Friday (Aug. 17), County Sheriff candidates Anthony Hawley and Steve Brown appear to have emerged as the top two among six contenders and will advance to the November general election. The County Auditor’s Office reported that Hawley, of Okanogan, drew 2,865 votes ...
Crescent Mountain and McLeod fires both grew on Thursday (Aug. 16)

Crescent Mountain and McLeod fires both grew on Thursday (Aug. 16)

By Marcy Stamper A spot fire from the Crescent Mountain Fire escaped the fire line along War Creek – evading even a sprinkler system – and got into dead timber, burning higher on the ridge, producing a huge plume of smoke on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 16). Because the new growth moves the fire further down...
Diamond, Goehner appear headed to 12th District showdown

Diamond, Goehner appear headed to 12th District showdown

In the latest returns from the Aug. 7 primary election, independent Ann Diamond of Winthrop was winning the Okanogan County vote in the race among four candidates hoping to replace retiring 12th Legislative District Rep. Cary Condotta for Position 1. But Republican Keith …
Meet the new Methow Valley District ranger

Meet the new Methow Valley District ranger

A Q&A with Chris Furr Chris Furr is the new district ranger for the Methow Valley Ranger District of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, replacing Mike Liu. Furr grew up in southwest Mississippi and is a longtime U.S. Forest Service employee who spent the past seven years in northern New Mexico, five of them as district...
Newhouse wants more info before grizzly bear decision

Newhouse wants more info before grizzly bear decision

Touches on other local topics in Methow Valley appearance By Don Nelson Congressman Dan Newhouse told a group of Winthrop and Twisp chamber of commerce members last week that he is “ambivalent” about whether grizzly bears should be reintroduced to the North Cascades — but he wants potentially affected communities to have more of a...
High pressure ridge, lingering smoke mean poor air quality in the valley

High pressure ridge, lingering smoke mean poor air quality in the valley

A ridge of high pressure over north central Washington is expected to persist through the week, which means that very poor air quality will continue to plague Okanogan County. Due to smoke from wildfires, air quality throughout the county ranges from “unhealthy” to …
Fierce weather whips valley fires

Fierce weather whips valley fires

Fire crews, who already had their hands full with the Crescent Mountain Fire that’s burned 26 1/2 square miles in the upper Twisp River drainage, were challenged by powerful weather on Saturday (Aug. 11). The day began with an early-morning lightning storm that ignited 17 new ...
Ahead of the fire

Ahead of the fire

Judy and Jim Harvey watched gratefully as a crew of Nomex-clad firefighters assembled a large plastic water tank next to their hilltop home on Elbow Canyon Road near Twisp last Saturday morning (Aug. 11). The portable tank holds 1,000 gallons of water to feed a …
Interagency talks continue on wildlife encounter protocols

Interagency talks continue on wildlife encounter protocols

Since they first made their presence in Washington known 10 years ago, gray wolves have been a source of controversy. When multiple agencies became involved in a recent encounter between wolves and a human, the result was confusion, frustration and mistrust.
Crescent Mountain Fire: Friday update and forecasts

Crescent Mountain Fire: Friday update and forecasts

The Crescent Mountain Fire grew by about 500 acres on Thursday (Aug. 9), primarily because of burnouts conducted by firefighters to eliminate fuels between War Creek and the Buttermilk area. The fire line constructed at War Creek held over Thursday night