Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

NEWS
Carlton woman found not guilty of pet theft

Carlton woman found not guilty of pet theft

By Ann McCreary
Judy Brezina Camp of Carlton has been found not guilty of stealing a pet and lying to a police officer, but was convicted of obstructing a law enforcement officer by a jury in Okanogan County District Court last week.
On the record: Recreation district commission candidates have their say

On the record: Recreation district commission candidates have their say

By Ann McCreary
A special election ballot to be mailed on April 3 will give voters residing within the Methow Valley School District boundaries an opportunity to approve or reject creation of a new Methow Valley Recreation District. Voters will also be able to choose five district commissioners, elected at-large from within...
School district boosts kindergarten, expands construction class

School district boosts kindergarten, expands construction class

By Marcy Stamper
Kindergarteners in the Methow Valley School District will receive five full days of instruction starting in the fall, essentially adding almost two months of school for the district’s youngest students. Adding a fifth day of kindergarten will cost the district …
Rec district: an overview of key issues

Rec district: an overview of key issues

By Ann McCreary
Whether a proposal to create a new Methow Valley Recreation District succeeds or fails, it certainly won’t be for lack of interest among valley residents. Three recent public meetings have drawn capacity crowds to learn about and debate the idea of creating a special taxing district that would raise money for...
Candidates’ forum draws packed house

Candidates’ forum draws packed house

By Don Nelson
Candidates for the commission that would oversee a proposed Methow Valley Recreation District had a chance to make personal impressions on the voters during a public forum last week at the Twisp Valley Grange. Ten of the 13 candidates for five at-large positions on the commission attended the forum…...
Wildfire burns 25 acres near Pearrygin Lake

Wildfire burns 25 acres near Pearrygin Lake

A wildfire that started shortly after noon on Monday (March 31) at the shooting range above Pearrygin Lake consumed about 25 acres of grassy hillside. Winds pushed the fire up the slope from the shooting range and dry grasses fed the fire, said Fire Chief Don Waller of Okanogan County Fire District 6. Waller said...
Nectar Skin Bar in a new downtown Winthrop space

Nectar Skin Bar in a new downtown Winthrop space

By Laurelle Walsh
Licensed aesthetician Leslie Lanthorn has expanded the services and products of her skin care studio, Nectar, and renamed it Nectar Skin Bar. The new facility has moved into a sunny storefront at the north end of Winthrop, where …
Three newly certified at Aero Methow

Three newly certified at Aero Methow

By Laurelle Walsh
Two Aero Methow Rescue Service volunteers have been newly certified as emergency medical responders (EMR) and a third has achieved the level of emergency medical technician (EMT).

County commissioners reorganize county fair, recreation boards

By Marcy Stamper
The Okanogan County commissioners are planning to reorganize the way the county handles the county fair, recreation, and capital projects such as building renovations, trailheads and parks. The commissioners met Thursday (March 27) with the county’s parks and recreation board to get their OK to dismantle the board and …...

Public records training for local government officials

The Washington State Auditor’s Office has partnered with the Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington to offer a series of workshops around the state to help local government officials and staff comply with requirements of the Public Records Act and the Open Public Meetings Act. The Open Government & Transparency Training Sessions scheduled for...