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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...

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.