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NEWS

Junior High closes out shining XC season

By Mike Maltais The Liberty Bell Junior High School cross-country team closed its season at Omak on Oct. 7 the same way it started, with Mountain Lion runners among the top finishers in both the boys’ and girls’ races. As they have all season, Novie McCabe and Gretta Scholz finished one-two among girls, and Walker...
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 …

Watershed moment

The U.S. and Canada prepare to renegotiate the 50-year-old Columbia River Treaty By Marshall Swearingen High Country News For 16 consecutive days in August, tribal members, environmental activists and others gathered along the banks of the Columbia River, each day a different group at a different location, working upstream from the river’s mouth at the...
Cut off

Cut off

By Marcy Stamper
A simple phone call can travel thousands of miles before the phone rings in your friend’s house just a few towns over. The process seems so ordinary that most of us take it for granted — that is, until there’s no dial tone or, worse, you repeatedly dial 911 and can’t get...
Methow Valley leads the county in new construction

Methow Valley leads the county in new construction

By Marcy Stamper
The almost $42 million in the value of new construction in Okanogan County added over the past 12 months mirrors a trend seen over the past five years, which has seen only minor fluctuations. The value of building activity this year is 7 percent less than the value …
District 6 seeks levy increase to fund new station

District 6 seeks levy increase to fund new station

By Ann McCreary
Voters who live within the boundaries of Okanogan County Fire District 6 will be asked next month to decide whether they want to pay more in property taxes to finance construction of a new fire station in Winthrop. Proposition 1 on the Nov. 4 general election ballot asks voters to determine...
Highway 153 finally re-opened to through traffic; repairs continue

Highway 153 finally re-opened to through traffic; repairs continue

By Ann McCreary
In a push to get state highways 153 and 20 open before a federal emergency contract ends, construction crews worked through the weekend to complete paving damaged sections to allow traffic through. Highway 153 was finally opened to traffic on Monday (Oct. 13) after…
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...
Pearrygin Lake State Park prepares for onset of winter

Pearrygin Lake State Park prepares for onset of winter

By Laurelle Walsh

Camping at Pearrygin Lake State Park ends for the season at noon on Oct. 27, when both campgrounds officially close for the winter; however, many opportunities remain for public access in the off season. Vehicles may still enter on the east entrance road and park in the contact station area,...

Let 'em Ride

Let ‘em Ride

By Laurelle Walsh

Twelve Methow Valley Elementary School students travel up the road to Moccasin Lake Ranch on Tuesdays to spend several hours learning about horse care, horseback riding and, more importantly, to be involved in a positive learning experience that excites them, fully involves them, and builds confidence and self...