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Open Roads Coalition seeks to preserve access

Open Roads Coalition seeks to preserve access

Over the past 15 years, people who live on Okanogan County’s back roads started noticing that routes they used to visit friends, hunt or ride horses were being closed one by one. In some cases, the roads had been blocked by gates, but in others, the road closures involved official …
Four candidates seek spots on OCEC board

Four candidates seek spots on OCEC board

Four people, including two incumbents, are candidates for three at-large seats on the Okanogan County Electric Cooperative (OCEC) board of directors. Members of OCEC can mail their ballots, bring them to the OCEC office, or submit their ballots at the OCEC annual meeting on April 17 at the Barn in Winthrop. Registration begins at 6 p.m....
Okanogan County urges signing up now for free emergency alerts

Okanogan County urges signing up now for free emergency alerts

There’s no emergency right now, but that makes it a propitious time to sign up for notifications through Okanogan County’s emergency-alert system. The automated system provides customized notifications of fires, mudslides and evacuations by phone, cell phone, text message or email. When signing up …
Firewood permits OK for Loup Loup area, but not everywhere in forest yet

Firewood permits OK for Loup Loup area, but not everywhere in forest yet

Permits to gather firewood from piles near the South Summit of Loup Loup, east of Twisp, will go on sale at the Methow Valley Ranger District beginning Friday (April 7). “Some roads, where winter logging has occurred, will be snow-free and dry enough to open up a little early this year,” said Methow Valley District...
Contractors needed for rehab projects

Contractors needed for rehab projects

Building contractors are needed to help perform rehab for low-income homeowners in Okanogan County. Okanogan County Community Action Council is recruiting licensed, bonded and insured contractors for rehabilitation and weatherization projects. Community Action recently received a $500,000 grant from the Washington Department of Commerce to support the work. “An important component of community development is...
Learn about self-defense and the law

Learn about self-defense and the law

People will have an opportunity to learn about current laws associated with using a firearm or force of any kind for self-defense in a free class taught by Okanogan County Prosecutor Karl Sloan, Okanogan County Firearms Instructor and Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Blake and — this year — a special guest, Washington State Supreme Court Justice...
Changing the world, one child at a time

Changing the world, one child at a time

Children were the center of the universe for Rayma Hayes, who created a world where childhood is filled with love and encouragement. That world is Little Star Montessori School in Winthrop, where more than 2,000 Methow Valley children have received the gifts of Hayes’ affection, attention and acceptance over the years.
Small plane flips at Twisp airport, no injuries reported

Small plane flips at Twisp airport, no injuries reported

The pilot and a passenger were unhurt after a single-engine Cessna missed the runway while landing at the Twisp Municipal Airport Monday (April 3) and flipped upside-down. The accident happened about 2:30 p.m. and was apparently caused by strong side winds, said Twisp Police Chief Paul Budrow. Emergency responders from Okanogan Fire District 6 and...
Prosecuting attorney’s office won’t recuse itself from ‘quiet-title’ suit

Prosecuting attorney’s office won’t recuse itself from ‘quiet-title’ suit

By Marcy Stamper In a six-page letter countering charges of favoritism and a failure to defend the public interest, Okanogan County Prosecuting Attorney Karl Sloan has declined a request that he and his deputy recuse themselves from a lawsuit against the county that seeks to declare a road private property through the quiet-title process. “The...
Twisp council approves vacation of Third Avenue for civic center

Twisp council approves vacation of Third Avenue for civic center

To make room for construction of a new civic building, the Twisp Town Council approved closing a portion of Third Avenue next to the building. The council approved vacating a portion of Third Avenue on Monday (March 27) after receiving an analysis of parking from consultants.