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Three Rivers, Aero Methow offer urgent care clinic this weekend

Three Rivers, Aero Methow offer urgent care clinic this weekend

Three Rivers Hospital and Aero Methow Rescue Service are partnering to host an urgent care clinic over Memorial Day weekend. The clinic will be led by Erica Hickson, ARNP. A Methow Valley resident, Hickson helped host the first two urgent care clinics last year, the first during …
Forest Service will open some roads to ATVs

Forest Service will open some roads to ATVs

Agency will monitor use and resource damage during trial period By Marcy Stamper ATV riders will be able to ride on select U.S. Forest Service roads, now that the agency has worked with rider and environmental groups to identify suitable routes in all seven ranger districts in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The roads will open...
An un-bearable situation

An un-bearable situation

A young black bear was trapped in a cage, darted with an immobilizing drug, fitted with a yellow plastic ear tag, transported up a rough mountain road, and shot at with loud cracker shells and paint balls after …
Ranchers scramble to find alternate ways to graze

Ranchers scramble to find alternate ways to graze

This time of year, local ranchers are usually moving their cattle onto grazing allotments that they’ve used for years on state, federal and private lands. But this spring is different. In the aftermath of last summer’s massive Carlton Complex Fire, which destroyed vast
County hearing examiner: Three Devils Road should remain open to public

County hearing examiner: Three Devils Road should remain open to public

Although the Okanogan County hearing examiner recommended that the primitive road that leads over the ridge from the Chiliwist to the Methow Valley and the Loup Loup summit remain open to the public, the final decision has been postponed because the adjacent property owner …
Twisp police chief: drugs are still a big factor in local crime

Twisp police chief: drugs are still a big factor in local crime

The Twisp Police Department has been working hard to reduce drug crime in the community, so much so that several of the worst offenders have moved out of his jurisdiction, according to Twisp Police Chief Paul Budrow. “They know we’re hitting them hard,” so drug users and dealers have moved out of Twisp and …...
Accused arsonist pleads not guilty

Accused arsonist pleads not guilty

Keith Holbrook, 67, pleaded not guilty last week in Okanogan County Superior Court on charges that he burned down his house on South Fork Gold Creek Road last July after it survived the Carlton Complex wildfire. Holbrook is charged with one count of first-degree arson and one count of possession of an incendiary device. A...
Methow River basin will be considered for drought declaration

Methow River basin will be considered for drought declaration

The Methow River basin will be considered for a drought declaration this week, after falling below 75 percent of normal water supply. Almost half the state’s river basins are now in a declared drought emergency, as the water supply outlook rivals some of the worst drought years in six decades.
New elementary principal is veteran teacher and administrator

New elementary principal is veteran teacher and administrator

Robert Winters brings experience in Int’l Baccalaureate program By Marcy Stamper Robert Winters, an educator with 30 years of teaching experience in the United States and abroad, including five years as an elementary principal, has been selected as the next principal of Methow Valley Elementary School. Winters was the unanimous choice of the interview committee,...
Friday is the filing deadline for local elected offices

Friday is the filing deadline for local elected offices

Filing for elected offices that will be on Okanogan County’s November general election ballot must be completed by Friday (May 15). Candidates can file two ways: • By submitting a Declaration of Candidacy by mail. Candidates can also come in to the auditor’s office from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. weekdays. • Online at vote.wa.gov/okanogan. Filing will close...