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Duwamish River to get $342 million more for cleanup

Duwamish River to get $342 million more for cleanup

By Daniel Person

Kids who were born the year Seattle’s Lower Duwamish Waterway was designated a Superfund site are now approaching high school. If everything goes according to plan, the federally ordered river cleanup will be finished by the time they …

Killing wolves to protect cattle may backfire

Killing wolves to protect cattle may backfire

By Sarah Jane Keller

A new study raises questions about how to handle livestock conflicts. In two decades of studying large carnivores, nature has never failed to surprise Rob Wielgus. For example, he and his student found in 2013 that cougar hunting does not reduce complaints about …

New Winthrop deputy has experience in Alaska, Washington

New Winthrop deputy has experience in Alaska, Washington

By Don Nelson
The valley’s patch of wintry weather is isn’t likely to faze Winthrop’s newest deputy marshal. Mark Harreus comes to the Methow directly from Alaska, where he worked for about nine years in various law enforcement jobs including one at the remote village of Unalakleet.
Twisp police chief ready to train citizens for emergency response team

Twisp police chief ready to train citizens for emergency response team

By Laurelle Walsh
To prepare for future large-scale emergencies, Twisp Police Chief Paul Budrow says his community needs to be able to survive for three days before outside agencies come in with assistance. Last summer’s fires “brought the issue into the forefront,” Budrow said.
Fees waived at county central landfill for some fire debris

Fees waived at county central landfill for some fire debris

By Marcy Stamper
People who still have “ash and trash” to dispose of after their property burned during the Carlton Complex Fire can get the disposal fees at the Okanogan County landfill waived if they make arrangements with volunteers from the Brewster-Pateros Long Term Recovery Organization (LTRO).
Winthrop ready to put old police cars on the block — including the Trans Am

Winthrop ready to put old police cars on the block — including the Trans Am

By Don Nelson
The Town of Winthrop plans to sell its dilapidated fleet of former law enforcement vehicles — or at least most of them — as surplus equipment. That would include the “purple police car” — a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) vehicle that …
Executive director named for home-rebuilding effort

Executive director named for home-rebuilding effort

By Ann McCreary

A rebuilding campaign to replace homes lost in the Carlton Complex Fire will get underway next spring, and an executive director has been chosen to lead the process. The Carlton Complex Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG) has selected Carlene Anders of Pateros to …

Smith trial on arson charges postponed

Smith trial on arson charges postponed

A trial scheduled for Dec. 2 in the arson case against Larry Dewayne Smith, 63, of Twisp was postponed and a new trial in Okanogan County Superior Court has not been scheduled, according to Joe Caldwell, a deputy criminal prosecutor in the Okanogan County prosecutor’s office. Smith is charged with two counts of first-degree arson...
Beware of PUD shut-off scam

Beware of PUD shut-off scam

Okanogan County Public Utility District (PUD) is warning of a scam targeting residential and business customers in Okanogan County. The scammers claim to be from the PUD and threaten to shut off service for a past-due bill. They demand payment by wire transfer or a prepaid debit card. The scammers may be using deceptive tactics...
Twisp’s librarian soon to retire

Twisp’s librarian soon to retire

Dixon’s path in life brought her to job she loves By Laurelle Walsh After 30 years and six months as head of North Central Regional Library’s Twisp branch, librarian Terry Dixon is leaving her post at the end of this month. “My dad said, ‘You should always leave the party when you’re still having a...