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Snowflakes

Snowflakes

The Master’s Christian School held a Spirit of Christmas Lights Challenge the week before Christmas, in which they judged local holiday light displays on homes and businesses in the vicinity of Twisp. Students Zephyr Powidzki, Karyn Desjardins and Ryan Desjardins were driven from the junction of highways 20 and 153, through the town of Twisp...
Tice Ranch sells for $2.55 million to San Juan Island LLC

Tice Ranch sells for $2.55 million to San Juan Island LLC

By Marcy Stamper
The Tice Ranch has sold for $2.55 million to Pirate Ranch LLC — half a million dollars less than a previously announced deal that fell through in November. The sale of the 400-acre property, which includes the 15-bedroom, 20,000-square-foot main lodge; two smaller guest lodges; a caretaker’s residence
Conservancy’s winter conservation course begins this month

Conservancy’s winter conservation course begins this month

The Methow Conservancy will offer its 11th annual winter conservation course beginning on Jan. 26 and continuing through March 2. “It’s Complex: The 2014 Methow Fires, Ecological Effects, and Recovery” is the title of the six-week course, which will be held at the Twisp River Pub from 6-8 p.m. on Mondays except for one Tuesday...
County’s comp plan provides a slimmed-down basis for growth

County’s comp plan provides a slimmed-down basis for growth

By Marcy Stamper At just 36 pages, the comprehensive plan adopted by the Okanogan County commissioners last week is a significantly streamlined version of the draft that county staff and elected officials started with almost eight years ago when they first began updating the county’s old plan from 1964. The preliminary draft of Okanogan County’s...
2014 Year in Review

2014 Year in Review

News in review | Sports in review | Letter writers | Nuptials | Arrivals | Departures The Year in Photos Click one square photo thumbnail to view a slideshow of full-sized images. News photos | Arts photos | Sports photos News photos Arts photos Sports photos News in review Fire dominates the headlines in 2014 By Don...
Forest Service travel plan eliminates off-road uses

Forest Service travel plan eliminates off-road uses

By Marcy Stamper
After spending almost a decade examining roads in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, forest managers and planners have decided not to change the type of motorized access allowed on official roads and vehicle trails, but they are proposing …

Come celebrate a century of Mary Bean

Come celebrate a century of Mary Bean

By Laurelle Walsh
In a year that witnessed the start of the First World War, the opening of the Panama Canal and the first transcontinental telephone conversation, on Dec. 30, 1914, a woman in La Conner, Washington, welcomed into the world her fifth child, Mary.
Rains clog Highway 153 culvert, but road remains open to traffic

Rains clog Highway 153 culvert, but road remains open to traffic

By Ann McCreary and Laurelle Walsh
A 4-foot diameter culvert installed this summer to contain runoff from the Leecher Creek drainage became plugged with mud and debris brought down by rain Thursday afternoon (Dec. 11) and sent water over State Highway 153 again. The culvert was installed after …
Exploratory copper drilling speculation ‘overly optimistic,’ USFS says

Exploratory copper drilling speculation ‘overly optimistic,’ USFS says

By Ann McCreary
The Canadian mining company that plans exploratory drilling for copper on U.S. Forest Service land in Mazama said it expects to receive the required permit in the first quarter of 2015, a prediction that is “overly optimistic,” according to a Forest Service official.
County comp plan up for adoption

County comp plan up for adoption

By Marcy Stamper
The Okanogan County citizenry may receive a holiday gift that has been many years in the making, since the county commissioners have scheduled a hearing to consider adoption of the county’s comprehensive plan on Dec. 22. After more than a …