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Cinder still in her den, but bear buddy shot by hunter

Cinder still in her den, but bear buddy shot by hunter

Cinder, the young black bear that was badly burned in the Carlton Complex fire in 2014, is still denned at a high elevation site, but the bear that was released into the wild with her last summer was killed by a hunter in the fall.
WSDOT makes progress on clearing snow off of Highway 20

WSDOT makes progress on clearing snow off of Highway 20

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) crews are continuing to clear the snow off of Highway 20 on both sides of Washington Pass. “The first week of clearing was a mixed bag,” WSDOT spokesman Jeff Adamson said in a press release. “On the west side, the pavement is now cleared for the first 11 miles...
Suspect charged with burglary at marijuana store in Winthrop

Suspect charged with burglary at marijuana store in Winthrop

An Oregon resident was booked into Okanogan County Jail last Friday (March 18) in connection with a burglary at Fresh Greens, a licensed recreational marijuana dispensary in Winthrop. Jonathan Stern, 32, of Bend, was charged with burglary, theft and malicious mischief after he was arrested at a residence just south of Twisp on Friday afternoon,...
Back to beginning in officer search

Back to beginning in officer search

The Town of Winthrop’s search for a marshal and deputy marshal is going to take a little longer. At last week’s town council meeting, Mayor Sue Langdalen said that background checks on two candidates who were finalists for the positions were unsatisfactory. That means the town will continue to be without its …
Judge: wait for county zoning update before ruling in comp plan case

Judge: wait for county zoning update before ruling in comp plan case

It’s too early to say whether Okanogan County’s comprehensive plan protects water and farmland, since it’s necessary to see how the county’s zoning code handles these and other issues connected with growth, wrote Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Christopher Culp in an order issued March 11.
Reddington hopes to restore artwork damaged in fire

Reddington hopes to restore artwork damaged in fire

Methow Valley artist Ginger Reddington was another victim of the arson fire that damaged the Twisp River Pub on Feb. 29. Reddington, who lives with her husband, Don, on Benson Creek south of Twisp, had 17 of her original works on display at the pub. None were destroyed, but all were damaged by smoke and...
State assesses concerns about groundwater

State assesses concerns about groundwater

A review of last year’s drought impacts shows a decline in groundwater in eastern Washington, even though stream flows in creeks and rivers have rebounded to more normal levels this spring, according to the Washington Department of …
Weigh in on county zoning proposals

Weigh in on county zoning proposals

Provide feedback on lot sizes, nightly rentals, agriculture, marijuana operations and other land-use matters when the Okanogan County planning commission conducts a public hearing on proposed changes to the county’s zoning code. The hearing is Monday (March 28) at 7 p.m. in the commissioners’ hearing room in Okanogan. People can provide up to three minutes...
Snow clearing work begins on Highway 20

Snow clearing work begins on Highway 20

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) crews have begun the annual ritual of clearing snow from the North Cascades Highway. Work on Highway 20 from the west side started Thursday (March 17), WSDOT said, and work from the east side (the Methow Valley) began on Monday (March 21) at Early Winters, clearing the 7 miles...
Officials wary due to apple maggot fly captures

Officials wary due to apple maggot fly captures

The capture of 32 apple maggot flies in Okanogan County last summer — most of them in the Methow Valley — is a worrisome development for the county’s head pest control official. Each summer the Washington State Department of …