Today is Friday, May. 22, 2015

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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...
Unusual cougar attack results in deaths of 12 lambs

Unusual cougar attack results in deaths of 12 lambs

In behavior that wildlife officials say is unusual for the species, a cougar apparently attacked 14 lambs last week in a pasture near Carlton. Ten of the lambs died in the attack, and two were so badly injured that they were euthanized.
Chapter 4: Sharing physical and social activities

Chapter 4: Sharing physical and social activities

If you have a parent, a family member, or a close friend who has Alzheimer’s disease (AD), it affects you as much as it affects the patient. It also has an impact on children. Explaining AD in a way that children can understand is difficult. Kids notice a lot more than adults give them credit...
Carlton Complex rebuilding effort lays down new foundations

Carlton Complex rebuilding effort lays down new foundations

In a flurry of activity fueled by volunteer labor, four new home foundations were poured last week as part of the campaign to rebuild homes destroyed in the Carlton Complex Fire last summer. Luke Miller, a volunteer from Montana, bounded nimbly atop the frame of a new home foundation on Balky Hill Road east of...
Former Gold Creek man charged with arson

Former Gold Creek man charged with arson

A former Gold Creek resident was arrested last week on charges that he deliberately burned down his home last July after it survived the Carlton Complex wildfire. Keith E. Holbrook, 67, was arrested April 29 in Wenatchee on an Okanogan County Superior Court warrant charging him with one count of first-degree arson and one count...
Voters approve school facilities upgrades and new buses

Voters approve school facilities upgrades and new buses

Levies for facilities improvements and new school buses for the Methow Valley School District were approved by voters by comfortable margins in last week’s election. Almost 55 percent of voters supported $4.5 million for improvements and repairs to school buildings and grounds, and 56.5 percent approved spending $800,000 to purchase six school buses.
Climber injured in fall at Mazama’s Fun Rock area

Climber injured in fall at Mazama’s Fun Rock area

A 25-year-old Seattle area woman sustained severe injuries when she fell while rock climbing near Mazama last Sunday (May 3). Okanogan County Sheriff’s Deputy Ottis Buzzard said the woman was climbing at a popular site called Fun Rock in an upper area known as “A-Wall” when she fell 70 feet to a ledge.
County considers expanding tax breaks for open space

County considers expanding tax breaks for open space

By Marcy Stamper If a change to the Okanogan County code is approved, owners of businesses such as campgrounds, RV parks, golf courses and country clubs that charge a fee could be eligible for a property-tax reduction if they allow the general public to use some areas for free. The change would affect the open-space/open-space...
School district reassures families after toy cap gun is fired on school bus

School district reassures families after toy cap gun is fired on school bus

An elementary school student who brought a toy cap gun onto a school bus on Wednesday morning (April 29) is going through the Methow Valley School District’s disciplinary process, which treats even toy guns seriously because they can make people feel unsafe, school officials said this week. No one was harmed in the …
County hearing examiner: Three Devils Road should remain open to public

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

If the Okanogan County commissioners follow a recommendation from the county’s hearing examiner, the primitive road that leads over the ridge from the Chiliwist to the Methow Valley and the Loup Loup summit will remain open to the public. “Three Devils Road is useful to the County Road system as an emergency evacuation route, as...