Tonasket and Oroville school districts appear to have passed their levies
NORTH COUNTY – It looks as if both Oroville and Tonasket have passed their Educational Program and Operations Levies, according to the unofficial vote count from Feb. 16. The latest ballot count of the Feb. 13 special election had the two North County school districts passing their levies by comfortable margins. However, results won’t be certified until Feb. 23.
Basketball Game Recap: Kettle Falls Bulldogs vs. Tonasket Tigers
The Kettle Falls Bulldogs were the 59-45 winner over the Tonasket Tigers when they last played one another back in December of 2023, but their luck changed this time around. Kettle Falls took a 65-54 hit to the loss column at the hands of Tonasket on Saturday. Tonasket got their...
Washington state police delayed investigation on missing Indigenous teen for more than a year
Editor’s note: This story contains distressing details about missing Indigenous people and domestic violence. People can access culturally appropriate domestic violence support by calling the 24-hour StrongHearts Native Helpline at 1-844-7NATIVE (762-8483). There were no police on the case. No news reporters shoving cameras in family members’ faces. No...
Brewster, February 21 High School 🏀 Game Notice
The Tonasket High School basketball team will have a game with Brewster High School on February 21, 2024, 18:00:00 CST.
‘Help us out, what if it was your family?’ Chesaw double murder suspect remains on the run
CHESAW, Wash. — This week marks exactly two years since Dave and Geralyn Covey were found murdered at their Chesaw property in Okanogan County. Whoever did this, tried to conceal their remains. Investigators quickly honed in on a suspect, Dylan Harrington. Harrington had been reportedly squatting near the Covey's...
The Winthrop Washington Balloon Festival aka the Winthrop Roundup is March 1 - 3
The skies over Winthrop will be quite colorful from March 1 through the 3rd as hot air balloons take flight. The event brings in two dozen balloonists from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho to partake in the roundup.
Today the gas price is close to $3.99 in Twisp as of 2024-02-19. Find the available station near you.
Photo from Unsplash and unrelated to the city. For most people, it is a constant necessity of life to manage gas prices. The national average price for a gallon of regular-grade gas on Monday is $3.279, a week ago the price is $3.196 , according to AAA.
Live music in the valley
The information below was provided by Methow Music Monthly and other sources. For more information, visit www.methowmusicmonthly.com. • Tuesdays, Methow Ukulele Group meets at various locations around the valley from 3-5 p.m.: first Tuesday at the Mazama Community Club; second and fourth Tuesdays at the Winthrop library; and third Tuesday at the Cove II in Twisp. More information at email@example.com.
Winthrop’s busy agenda
The civic spotlight never stays in one spot too long. It has seemed to be focused on Twisp lately, thanks to issues such as overnight rental regulations and the Orchard Hills housing project, among others, that have occupied the public’s consciousness and hence generated news coverage. The proposed aquatics district, and the school district’s board elections and replacement levy requests, have also been in the headlines.
Brewster, Bridgeport school levies too close to call
BREWSTER – The second count of election results from the Okanogan and Douglas County auditors’ offices for Friday, Feb. 16, show all but two of the school levies on the ballots passing with 50-plus-1 percent or better. BREWSTER. Following the preliminary results on Feb. 13, Brewster, with 50.13...
Legal Notices: February 14, 2024
Legal Notice: Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Okanogan Conservation District (Okanogan CD) requests qualifications for survey services from interested consultants to conduct boundary and topographic surveys of the upper portion of the Chewuch Canal for the Chewuch Canal Piping Project, which is located within Okanogan County in the Methow Valley above the town of Winthrop, Washington.
County asks court to overturn order on water checklists
People curious about the criteria Okanogan County uses to determine if water can legally supply a new house in the Methow Valley will have to wait, now that Okanogan County has asked a judge to reconsider a December ruling in Okanogan County Superior Court. Okanogan County Superior Court Commissioner Robert...
Local hospitals launch campaign to combat drug abuse in Grant, Adams counties
In an ambitious effort to address the growing concerns around substance use disorder (SUD), the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) is partnering with Thriving Together NCW and the Grand Columbia Health Alliance to initiate the BeThere campaign. This groundbreaking initiative, aimed at reducing stigma and encouraging support for individuals suffering from SUD, is set to unfold across Central and Eastern Washington.
Hearing examiner’s contract terminated by OK County
Beardslee calls action ‘rude and disrespectful’. Okanogan County is looking for a new hearing examiner after terminating the contract for Dan Beardslee, who’s held the post since 2013, when the county first began using a hearing examiner to decide some land-use matters. The Okanogan County commissioners discussed the...
Valley Life: Winthrop
Scattered throughout the Methow Trails system of interconnected trails are a fleet of benches, where skiers and other recreation enthusiasts can pause for a moment to take a breather, enjoy the view, or have a snack. Many of the winter-use benches were built by Winthrop residents Mark Waechter and Kat...
No. 25 Duke women's lacrosse bounces back in 20-point rout of Winthrop
No. 25 Duke took no prisoners Sunday afternoon in its 25-5 routing of Winthrop. Twelve different Blue Devils scored in the lopsided matchup, six of them for the first time in their Duke career. Fifty-seven seconds into play, senior midfielder Katie Keller drove from the top of the twelve-meter fan...
Winter rec report: enjoy a late-season reprieve
But soft, what white from yonder clouds doth fall?! Big fat flakes falling Sunday morning complemented the light blanket of snow we received overnight, refreshing everything, including our collective moods. Those who track snowfall closely have been saying for the past few weeks, “Winter isn’t over yet,” and now the...
Valley Life: Twisp
Anyone who hopes to stave off dementia should take marimba lessons — especially if, like me, you have no musical aptitude and are completely unfamiliar with a keyboard. Trying to learn how to play marimbas has challenged a completely different part of my brain, but it has also introduced me to a sisterhood that makes music together for the sheer joy of it.
Winthrop considers 6-month moratorium on new subdivisions
Seeks state’s approval for additional water connections in town. The Town of Winthrop is proposing a six-month moratorium on new subdivision applications because the town has reached the limit of water system connections authorized by the state Department of Health. A public hearing on the proposed moratorium will be...
Climate change brings more work, more risk for wildfire workers
Last year, Muhammad Khdair fulfilled his childhood dream of being a wildland firefighter. He spent the long summer days fighting fires in Okanogan County, in Northern Washington. The 23-year-old University of Washington student lives 200 miles away from Okanogan, so he booked a hotel for three months. Just a few...