WINTHROP — An unexpected $100,000 gift from a Mazama resident who died in March has tripled the endowment fund for the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association. David “Red” McComb left $100,000 to the nonprofit group, and those funds were placed in its recently-established legacy endowment, called “Trails for Life.”
TWISP — The styles and significance of the works of two men who photographed American Indians will be compared at a talk at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp. Frank Matsura was a Japanese immigrant who photographed Colville Indian tribal members in the early 1900s. Edward S. Curtis is well-known for his work documenting Indians, and worked nationwide from 1907 to 1930.
NCW — The mayors of Quincy, Oroville and Brewster all have challengers, along with quite a few other positions up for election in North Central Washington this year. Candidates for open positions had to file for election this week.
NCW — Two requests to issue school bonds are still failing after more ballots were counted Friday. The measures by the Entiat and Okanogan school district to issue bonds to renovate buildings needed 60 percent approval to pass. The Entiat School District’s request for a $7.952 million bond is failing with 57.8 percent of voters in favor. The Okanogan School District’s request for a $1.15 million bond to repair its buildings is failing with 58.3 percent in favor.
WENATCHEE — Several school and ambulance levies in Chelan and Okanogan counties are all passing after ballots were counted in Tuesday’s special election. But two bond issues sought by the Entiat and the Okanogan school district are currently falling short of the required 60 percent needed to pass.
WINTHROP — First dogs, then kids, now bicycles. The organization that operates a vast web of cross county ski trails in the Methow Valley has once again expanded use on some of its groomed trails. This time, to bicycles.
WENATCHEE — Compared with the game wardens of years past who focused largely on patrols and writing tickets, today’s state Department of Fish and Wildlife officers are highly trained police officers who investigate complex crimes. Among hunters, some welcome the change, while others say it’s gone too far.
OKANOGAN — The Okanogan School District and Aero Methow Rescue will both ask voters to renew maintenance and operations levies in a special election Feb. 12. Ballots went to registered voters in those districts last week, and must be postmarked by Feb. 12. Voters in Okanogan will also decide whether to fund a $1.15 million general bond issue that would extend the life of school district buildings and grounds through renovations and upgrades. The bond issue needs 60 percent of voters to approve in order to pass, while the maintenance ...
WENATCHEE — The state Department of Ecology on Tuesday banned all outdoor burning and the use of uncertified wood-burning stoves, inserts or fireplaces in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties, until further notice. Current weather conditions has resulted in stagnant air, and air quality monitors in Wenatchee and Twisp recorded moderate air quality, while those in Leavenworth and Okanogan registered air unhealthy for sensitive groups.
WINTHROP — A public health official said Tuesday that a Methow Valley basketball player with a confirmed case of pertussis did not pose a high risk of spreading the disease at a Brewster tournament in late December. But other schools should still be on the lookout for any students with symptoms of whooping cough, and take measures to prevent outbreaks in other areas.
TWISP — A U.S. Forest Service plan to manage fuels would include logging, thinning, under-burning and constructing firelines on 47,000 acres south and east of Twisp. The Methow Valley Ranger District is seeking comments on the South Summit Forest and Fuels Project by Feb. 4.
TWISP — A mobile art gallery in the works in Twisp may soon bring Methow Valley art to other places. An event nearby, a park in another town, or perhaps a road trip to Burning Man. But the three Twisp artists who spent their summer gutting a 60-year-old trailer say traveling art is just one small part of their vision for the Spartan Art Project.
WENATCHEE — It may be Black Friday in town, but some parts of North Central Washington woke up to a white Friday. Some 5 inches of new snow coated the Methow Valley, and 7 inches had fallen in areas north of Lake Chelan.
OKANOGAN — With Okanogan County Commissioner Bud Hover only eight votes behind challenger Ray Campbell after the latest tally, election officials are planning a hand recount of more than 17,000 ballots. “The law says this is the way it is,” Okanogan County deputy auditor Mila Jury said Monday. Any election outcome that’s less than one-quarter of one percent and less than 150 votes difference means that auditors must recount all of the ballots cast in that election by hand, she said.
WINTHROP — When the state Department of Transportation started making safety improvements at the Methow Valley State Airport last year, nearby resident Ken Bevis didn’t think much about it. After all, the airport isn’t that close to his quiet rural residence.
WENATCHEE — Three ranger districts of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest announced that their fall burning programs will begin soon. The Chelan Ranger District plans to focus on brush piles on about 800 acres in the Washington Creek, east fork of Joe Creek, Antoine Creek, Twenty-five Mile Creek and Forest Mountain areas. The burning will likely begin next week and continue for several weeks.
PATEROS — A second interagency team has taken over management of the Goat Fire near Pateros, which until Sunday had been part of the Okanogan Complex. The 6,110-acre fire has continued to burn actively, and still to threatens five homes on Quiet Valley Road. Several other residents are warned to be ready to leave as the fire backs down a slope on the south and west sides of Alta Lake, said fire spokesman Chuck Turley.