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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 …
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 …
Winthrop begins reviewing marshal’s office applicants

Winthrop begins reviewing marshal’s office applicants

By Don Nelson The Town of Winthrop’s civil service commission has begun to interview candidates for two police officer vacancies in the marshal’s office, Mayor Sue Langdalen told the town council last week. Currently the town has no officers. Acting Marshal Ken Bajema recently resigned. The marshal’s office has had three full-time officers in the...
Editorials: Dec. 23, 2015

Editorials: Dec. 23, 2015

Healthy outlook It’s been a good year for sustainable health care access in the Methow Valley. Family Health Centers took over Methow Valley Family Practice in Twisp earlier this year, and also opened a dental clinic in Twisp. Last week, it was announced that Confluence Health of Wenatchee will partner with the Country Clinic in...
Suspects charged in Winthrop marijuana heist

Suspects charged in Winthrop marijuana heist

One Twisp resident remained in jail and another was released on bail after being arrested for allegedly stealing about 60 pounds of marijuana from a licensed growing operation on Horizon Flats Road in Winthrop. A third suspect is being sought in the pot heist, which occurred Dec. 10 at the Methow Valley Nursery, which grows...
Winthrop’s oversight of police department questioned

Winthrop’s oversight of police department questioned

A longtime Winthrop business owner told Town Council members last week that he was concerned about what he described as a “yo-yo effect” in employment in the town marshal’s office. “I shake my head every time I see someone come and go,” said Bart Bradshaw, owner of Pardner’s Mini Market and Bart Bradshaw CPA. Bradshaw said...
Bajema’s resignation leaves Winthrop without police force

Bajema’s resignation leaves Winthrop without police force

The Winthrop Marshal’s Office, which had a full complement of three full-time officers at the beginning of the year, will end 2015 with none. Acting Marshal Ken Bajema, the sole remaining officer on the Winthrop force, recently sent a letter of resignation to the town, effective Dec. 22.
Winthrop’s police officers deserve more support, less micromanaging

Winthrop’s police officers deserve more support, less micromanaging

By Ken Bajema It is a difficult time to be a police officer. As I write this, 116 officers have been killed in the line of duty this year, six of them in Washington state. Many more are injured in physical confrontations. Social media has painted officers in a poor light, which has increased police...
Winthrop council backs Marshal’s Office reorganization plan

Winthrop council backs Marshal’s Office reorganization plan

Personnel issues, including a proposal to reduce the number of full-time Winthrop police officers from three to two, dominated the Town Council’s 2016 budget discussions at its meeting last week. A recommendation to shift priorities and responsibilities within the Winthrop Marshal’s Office, proposed by acting…
Winthrop decides against merger of police departments — for now

Winthrop decides against merger of police departments — for now

Winthrop and Twisp won’t be combining their law enforcement efforts in the near future, but the idea is likely to hang around as long as the two small towns have police departments. Some members of the Winthrop Town Council said as much last …