Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

NEWS

Methow rec district proposal being soundly defeated

A proposal to create a Methow Valley Recreation District was being overwhelmingly rejected and was headed for a clear defeat in the first set of voting returns released Tuesday (April 22) by the Okanogan County Auditor’s Office. With 2,451 ballots counted and 383 left to count, the tally was 1,525 no votes (80 percent) and...

Remains believed to be missing Twisp man discovered

Remains believed to be those of 21-year-old Nicholas A. Tortora of Twisp, who was reported missing nearly two years ago, were recovered Monday (April 21) after a dog found a human skull near the Methow River on property owned by Twisp Police Chief Paul Budrow. Okanogan County Sheriff’s Department investigators have found nothing that indicates...
Mooo-ving day 2014

Mooo-ving day 2014

Saturday, April 19, was the date of the annual cattle drive through Twisp. With the help of several friends and the cooperation of  motorists, the cattle moved through town and onto their spring grazing area.
Camp sentenced in dog-taking incident

Camp sentenced in dog-taking incident

By Ann McCreary

A Carlton woman who admitted taking home a dog that she found chained outside in sub-zero weather last December has been sentenced to community service, a fine and two years of probation in connection with the incident. A jury in Okanogan County District Court last month found …

Tourism funds awarded despite questions

Tourism funds awarded despite questions

By Marcy Stamper

Nonprofits in Okanogan County that have been waiting to find out how much they will get back from the tax levied on lodging — which they use to promote tourism — should get the word this week. The Okanogan County Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) scored applications in January for …

Sparking interest

Sparking interest

Members of the Okanogan County Electric Cooperative line crew – from left, journeyman lineman Jesse Davis, journeyman lineman Chris Zahn, and line foreman Wayne Stevie – demonstrated what can happen when something gets too close to a power line and creates a dangerous electrical arc. The safety demonstration was part of the co-op’s annual meeting...
MVID members raise concerns about water delivery strategy 

MVID members raise concerns about water delivery strategy 

By Ann McCreary

Members of the Methow Valley Irrigation District expressed concern and confusion Monday (April 14) about ongoing plans to restructure the way the district delivers water. About 40 MVID members attended a meeting held by district directors at the Senior Center in Twisp to provide


Red Cross action team ready to respond

Red Cross action team ready to respond

By Laurelle Walsh

Six Methow Valley residents have trained with the American Red Cross and are the area’s new Twisp-based Disaster Action Team.

Wendy Braden, Sheila Brandenburg, Kay MacCready, Heather Smith, and Renee and John Szenasi just finished Red Cross casework training and Emergency Response Vehicle training in order to …

Environmental groups challenge USFS ATV stance

Environmental groups challenge USFS ATV stance

By Marcy Stamper

A recent policy interpretation by the forest supervisor allowing ATVs to use roads in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest “is unlawful and should be reversed immediately,” argue two environmental organizations in a letter to the supervisor, Mike Balboni.

In a letter sent last week …

Rec district ballots due by Tuesday

Rec district ballots due by Tuesday

Voters have until Tuesday (April 22) to return their ballots in a special election proposing the creation of a Methow Valley Recreation District and election of commissioners to govern the district. Proposition 1 on the ballot asks voters to approve or reject “formation of a metropolitan park district under chapter 35.61 RCW (to) create a...