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 […]
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 and processes marijuana.
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 he was upset by …
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
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 […]
Letters to the editor: April 8, 2015
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Winthrop near hiring deputies
The Town of Winthrop has made employment offers to fill two deputy marshal positions, and one of the new hires may look familiar. Deputy Ken Bajema had submitted his resignation from the marshal’s office in June but then …
Bajema leaving Marshal’s Office
By Don Nelson
The Winthrop Marshal’s Office will see a complete turnover in personnel in less than a year by the time it fills new vacancies that …
Winthrop Town Council backs law to prevent animal abuse
By Don Nelson
It’s enough to cause a “small riot,” acting Marshal Ken Bajema told the Winthrop Town Council last week: someone leaves a dog locked in a parked vehicle with the windows closed …
ATV access: What does it mean?
By Marcy Stamper
Although more than 240 people — 29 in Okanogan County — have obtained the state’s new license for riding specially equipped all-terrain vehicles on roads, confusion persists about where people can legally operate their ATVs.
Recent decisions by …