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Marshal investigating death of man found near Winthrop Barn

Marshal investigating death of man found near Winthrop Barn

An investigation is being conducted into the death of a Seattle-area man who was found unresponsive in a restroom located behind the Winthrop Barn on Highway 20 Monday afternoon (Sept. 12). “At this time the death is still under investigation, and the body has been sent for autopsy,” Winthrop Marshal Hal Henning said Tuesday (Sept...
News roundup: fires, accidents, etc.

News roundup: fires, accidents, etc.

News roundup: fires, accidents, etc. • Okanogan County Fire District 6 and Washington Department of Natural Resources crews responded to a brush fire early Thursday afternoon (Sept. 1), off of Highway 153 about 4 miles south of Carlton. The fire was controlled by about 3 p.m. About a dozen vehicles were on the scene. No...
These big pigs went to market

These big pigs went to market

Cody Wottlin wrapped his shoelaces in duct tape because his pig Schnizel finds them so irresistible. But nibbling on the shoelaces is just for entertainment, said Wottlin, since Schnizel (formally known as Frederick Esquire III) is hardly lacking …
Bear Fight scientist discovers evidence of water on Ceres

Bear Fight scientist discovers evidence of water on Ceres

Vital information transmitted by Dawn mission spacecraft By Ann McCreary A scientist at the Bear Fight Institute near Winthrop has described the first and only confirmed detection of water-rich material at the surface of Ceres, a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Jean-Philippe Combe authored a research article published Friday (Sept....
MV Citizens Council celebrates 40 years of activism

MV Citizens Council celebrates 40 years of activism

For many Methow Valley residents, the battle fought over a downhill ski resort in Mazama is a distant memory, or was over before they moved here. But lessons learned during that conflict still guide the Methow Valley Citizens Council (MVCC), created four …
Methow At Home backs independent living

Methow At Home backs independent living

Volunteers help maintain ‘virtual retirement village’ By Ann McCreary At 81, Ken Westman considers himself to be a “pretty active” guy. But he knows there are some chores he doesn’t want to attempt anymore, like climbing a ladder to change smoke alarms. So when Westman heard last year about Methow At Home, an organization dedicated...
Valley and county to get modern emergency communications

Valley and county to get modern emergency communications

A 40-foot-tall wooden pole and a yurt that have housed the Methow Valley’s emergency communications equipment for half a century are being replaced over the next few weeks with new structures and modern wireless technology. Once completed, the system will use microwave transmission instead of the existing …
State, region wary of fires as summer winds down

State, region wary of fires as summer winds down

Although this summer has been wetter than the past two, in just six days this past week state firefighters responded to 82 wildfire starts, all but two of them likely human caused. The majority of these were accidents, started by sparks from a flat tire and wheel, by tow chains dragging…
Winthrop’s departing mayor looks back at ‘fantastic journey’

Winthrop’s departing mayor looks back at ‘fantastic journey’

In nearly 40 years as a Winthrop resident, including two stints as mayor and one term as a town council member, Sue Langdalen has witnessed a lot of change — most of it for the positive, she says. In an interview this week, Langdalen reflected on her private and public life in Winthrop as she and her …...
Twisp reviews revised in-kind services agreement with Lloyd family

Twisp reviews revised in-kind services agreement with Lloyd family

A revised agreement with Lloyd Holdco for in-kind services to help build a community trail will come back to the Twisp Town Council again, after the Lloyd family has a chance to review the new terms. Intended as compensation to the town for Lloyd Holdco’s withdrawal of a promised trail easement along the…