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State auditors: county surplused vehicles without proper documentation

State auditors: county surplused vehicles without proper documentation

Okanogan County did not follow its own policies when it disposed of 16 vehicles it no longer needed, with nine sheriff’s vehicles given free to other police agencies and several cars sold at auction — all without officially being declared as surplus by the county commissioners, according to a state audit of county procedures.
Christmas Day fire draws full District 6 response

Christmas Day fire draws full District 6 response

Firefighters from Okanogan County Fire District 6 responded to a Christmas Day fire in a house on Sky Ranch Road, west of Twisp. A fire was reported at 12:35 p.m. in the attic of the house at 21 Sky Ranch Road. All available firefighters from the Twisp, Winthrop and Mazama stations responded.
Saving something for themselves

Saving something for themselves

When a Search and Rescue team was needed to travel miles into the rugged backcountry of the Cascade Mountains to rescue someone, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers referred to the mission as “an Ottis hike.” He means Ottis Buzzard who, with his wife Vikki Buzzard, have been the go-to team for search and rescue work in...
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,...
Landline phone service only working for local calls in Methow Valley

Landline phone service only working for local calls in Methow Valley

People in the Methow Valley can make phone calls on landlines only to other landlines in the Methow Valley and can also only get incoming calls from other landlines in the valley. Because the outage affects long-distance calls, it means people cannot call 911 …
Gun sales, applications for concealed-pistol licenses spike in Okanogan County

Gun sales, applications for concealed-pistol licenses spike in Okanogan County

Gun sales and applications for concealed-pistol licenses spiked dramatically in Okanogan County last week, as evidenced by the huge increase in background checks for people wanting to buy pistols — 20 or 30 a day, compared with …
County reorganizing emergency management

County reorganizing emergency management

By Marcy Stamper
Okanogan County is reorganizing its approach to emergency management, moving the job back under the county commissioners instead of the Sheriff’s Office. The change was prompted by a reevaluation of …
Man charged with possessing explosives

Man charged with possessing explosives

By Ann McCreary
For the second time in less than three months, Marc A. Jefferson of Twin Lakes has been booked into Okanogan County Jail on charges related to possession of explosives. Okanogan County Sheriff’s deputies teamed up with federal …
Questions persist about response by some fire crews

Questions persist about response by some fire crews

By Marcy Stamper
More than a month after the state’s largest wildfire destroyed hundreds of homes in and around the Methow Valley, homemade signs thanking firefighters still punctuate the landscape. But in addition to the gratitude, some people have been raising questions about whether fire crews missed early opportunities to keep the fire from getting...
Remains ID’d as Twisp man

Remains ID’d as Twisp man

By Don Nelson
Human bones found near Twisp in April have been positively identified as those of 21-year-old Nicholas A. Tortora, who was reported missing about two years ago.