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Man charged with possessing explosives

Man charged with possessing explosives

By Ann McCreary
For the second time in less than three months, Marc A. Jefferson of Twin Lakes has been booked into Okanogan County Jail on charges related to possession of explosives. Okanogan County Sheriff’s deputies teamed up with federal …
ILC looks to broaden real-world learning

ILC looks to broaden real-world learning

By Marcy Stamper Students at the Independent Learning Center (ILC) already create a curriculum around their own interests — this year’s topics include anthropology, World War II history and reggae music. But those interests are just a starting point. By doing extensive research into these topics and finding internships, the students turn these basic themes into a...
Merc finds familiar face for executive director role

Merc finds familiar face for executive director role

By Don Nelson
Missi Smith has played a variety of roles at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp over the past 10 years — choreographer, actor, director, board member — and this week will take on a new one: She is the community theater’s new executive director. Smith’s selection was announced last week.
Roadblock

Roadblock

By Ann McCreary

After a nearly snowless winter, the devastating wildfires of summer, and the prolonged closure of state Highway 153 following floods and mudslides, the Carlton General Store is struggling to keep its doors open. “It’s kind of a day-by-day thing. I’m just putting one …

Winthrop council OKs digital highway sign at town entrance

Winthrop council OKs digital highway sign at town entrance

By Don Nelson

Just how “western” can a flashing digital-readout warning sign be? Not even a little bit, say critics of a plan by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to install such a device on the wood-framed sign in Winthrop that sends …

Cinder the bear back on her feet

Cinder the bear back on her feet

By Ann McCreary
Cinder the bear now has bare feet. After two months of treatment for badly burned paws, the bear cub — a survivor of the Carlton Complex Fire — is walking without bandages on her feet. Cinder was flown to the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care (LTWC) …
Highway 153 property owner to fight condemnation

Highway 153 property owner to fight condemnation

By Ann McCreary
Patrick Fitzgerald will “vigorously resist the state’s efforts to condemn his land” in order to repair a washout on Highway 153 at Benson Creek, according to a statement from his attorney. Fitzgerald has refused to negotiate sale …
Benson Creek man cited for alleged reckless burning

Benson Creek man cited for alleged reckless burning

Thomas A. Henson, 67, of Benson Creek, was cited for alleged reckless burning Oct. 5 in connection with a grass fire on Benson Creek near Highway 153. The fire was reported at 3:23 p.m. and Deputy Laura Wright of the Okanogan County Sheriff’s office responded. When she arrived, the fire was more than an acre...
Local landmark Tice Ranch to be auctioned off

Local landmark Tice Ranch to be auctioned off

By Ann McCreary
Tice Ranch, the expansive 305-acre working ranch that has hosted international gatherings and celebrities, will be auctioned on Oct. 16 by J.P. King Auction Company, which specializes in premier, luxury properties. The ranch features a 15-bedroom, 20- …
Tourism promotion gets local thumbs-down

Tourism promotion gets local thumbs-down

By Ann McCreary
A $150,000 marketing campaign aimed at luring visitors to areas impacted by wildfires and other natural disasters last summer has raised questions among some Methow Valley residents about its portrayal of the valley and Okanogan County.