Today is Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015

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Chapter 6: Facing the stages of Alzheimer’s disease

Chapter 6: Facing the stages of Alzheimer’s disease

Forgetfulness can be a normal part of aging. As people get older, changes occur in all parts of the body, including the brain. As a result, you may notice that it takes longer to learn new things; you don’t remember information as well as you once did; or you can’t remember where you put things,...
Three Devils Road to remain open; court date set

Three Devils Road to remain open; court date set

Three Devils Road will remain open to the public while the citizens’ group seeking to keep it open and the property owner that wants to close it prepare for a September court date. At a hearing on June 30, Douglas County Superior Court Judge John Hotchkiss agreed to a request by the Chiliwist Residents …
County hears wide support for lowering speed limits on four Methow Valley roads

County hears wide support for lowering speed limits on four Methow Valley roads

ATV group seeks 35-mph zones to increase access By Marcy Stamper In terms of sheer numbers, there appears to be broad support for a proposal by a local all-terrain vehicle (ATV) group to lower speed limits on four Methow Valley roads. Okanogan County received petitions with about 150 signatures supporting the change, and nine of...
Environmental groups sue Forest Service to shut down new ATV routes

Environmental groups sue Forest Service to shut down new ATV routes

Public input, agency review required before changing road access, they say By Marcy Stamper Three environmental and recreation groups have filed a lawsuit claiming that the U.S. Forest Service failed to follow environmental laws that require public input and an analysis of road conditions before allowing ATVs to use the roads. The complaint, filed in...
State funds launch Twisp’s plan for new civic building

State funds launch Twisp’s plan for new civic building

Twisp will receive $500,000 in state funding to launch a new “Twisp Civic Building” project that will create a new facility to house town offices and serve as an emergency response center for the entire Methow Valley. The half-million dollar allocation was included in the recently approved state capital budget through a request sponsored …
Army considers helicopter training in Methow Valley

Army considers helicopter training in Methow Valley

Army helicopter pilots could train for flying, landing and evasive maneuvers in a large region that includes the Methow Valley if the U.S. Army approves a plan for a new mountain training area. The Aviation Division with Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) near Tacoma is proposing four new training areas for Black Hawk, Apache and …
Online fundraising campaign launched to rebuild burned homes

Online fundraising campaign launched to rebuild burned homes

As the one-year anniversary of the Carlton Complex Fire approaches, an online campaign to raise money to rebuild homes lost in the fire has been launched by the Carlton Complex Long Term Recovery Group (CCLTRG). The campaign offers a monetary match of up to $250,000 for any donation made until midnight of July 18, meaning every...
Campfire ban in national forest

Campfire ban in national forest

The U.S. Forest Service has banned all campfires on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest beginning Thursday (July 9) due to extreme fire danger. The restrictions announced Tuesday (July 7) prohibit wood and charcoal briquette fires across the national forest, including all campgrounds and designated wilderness areas. The use of pressurized liquid gas stoves is allowed. Initial...
Think twice before lighting fireworks this weekend

Think twice before lighting fireworks this weekend

Okanogan County code prohibits fireworks in all unincorporated areas of the county. Winthrop and Twisp do not have ordinances prohibiting fireworks, but in light of the current extreme fire danger, town officials advise against using fireworks this year. Winthrop Marshal Rikki Schwab asks that people use only “safe-and-sane” fireworks within town limits if they do...
Equipment problems caused 911 system outage last weekend

Equipment problems caused 911 system outage last weekend

Overheated fiber optic equipment and subsequent problems caused an outage of the 911 emergency system that affected landline service in Pateros, Twisp and Winthrop from about 3 p.m. Sunday (June 28) to 8 a.m. Monday (June 29). An air conditioning unit failed at …