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Teen faces charges in crash that killed director

OKANOGAN — A 16-year-old Twisp boy is facing a vehicular homicide charge in Okanogan County Juvenile Court for a crash near Winthrop last summer that killed George Shangrow, a well-known Seattle music director. Gunnar Karl Doggett is scheduled to have a plea hearing March 16.

Business, Ag briefs

The Community Foundation of North Central Washington and the Nonprofit Practices Institute will be holding a seminar, “Understanding Not-for-profit Financial Statements.” This two-part, one day training will be offered at two different locations: 3 to 9 p.m. March 30 at the conservatory at Apple Annie’s in Cashmere, and 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m March 31 at the Aero Methow Rescue Service in Twisp. Registration is $15 and covers the cost of a catered networking event between the two sessions.

Household gadgets that keep on giving

There’s much to be said for refrigerators that defrost themselves, microwaves that are compact and toasters that match the kitchen decor. But appliances that have lasted for years hold an honored place in many households, according to the 34 people who wrote or called in when we asked for correspondence on old, reliable appliances.

Twisp firefighter’s legend lengthens after helping Israeli effort

TWISP — A storied Twisp smokejumper added another adventurous firefighting accomplishment to his resume in early December when he flew to Israel to help douse that country’s most disastrous forest fire. Bill Moody, 71, updated Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the firefighting strategy and later received a personal thank you from Netanyahu for his help stopping the Mount Carmel forest fire. The fire claimed at least 44 lives, caused the evacution of more than 17,000 people and burned about 12,000 acres of forest in northern Israel from Dec. 2 ...

Snow forecast for mountains, NCW

SEATTLE — Forecasters say a series of weather systems moving through the Northwest will dump 1 to 3 feet of snow in the Washington Cascades by Friday afternoon. The National Weather Service says heavy snow also will fall through Wednesday on the east slopes of the Cascades and northeast Washington. Snow accumulations are expected to be 2 to 4 inches, mainly north of Wenatchee and on the Waterville plateau. “The heaviest snow will likely fall in the Okanogan valley and the Okanogan highlands,” according to the weather service.

Methow Conservancy’s annual holiday party Tuesday

TWISP — The Methow Conservancy’s annual holiday social will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Twisp River Pub. Guests can order drinks and/or dinner, and free appetizers and punch will be served. The conservancy — a nonprofit land trust and natural history education center — also will give out its annual conservation awards to two community members.

Rain may fall Friday through the weekend

WENATCHEE — Sigh. We all knew these sunny fall days couldn’t last. Today is it for a while. The National Weather Service predicts a 20 percent chance of rain tonight, Friday and Saturday. The chance of rain goes up to 40 percent on Sunday.

Council appoints bed and breakfast owner as Twisp mayor

TWISP — A Twisp city councilwoman, who also runs a bed and breakfast, was appointed this week as the town’s new mayor following the resignation of Bill Boosman after nine months in office. Her fellow members of the City Council appointed Soo Ing-Moody, 41, in a special meeting Monday. She was elected to the council last November.

Twisp airport celebrates new runway with aircraft parade, picnic

TWISP — The Twisp Municipal Airport will celebrate completion of its new runway with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, an aircraft parade and picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct 16 at the airport off Airport Road in Twisp. The new 2,800-foot runway was completed with grants from the Washington State Department of Transportation through aircraft fuel and excise taxes, with matching labor and equipment from volunteers of the Twisp Airport Improvement Club.

Pine and sage pollen something to sneeze about

WENATCHEE — This year’s wet spring and warm fall have some species of pine, sage and weeds pollinating enough to make allergy sufferers sneezy and teary-eyed. “It does seem like the counts have been higher for sagebrush, and then we suddenly saw pine pollinating this week,” said Lori Sweet, a registered nurse at Wenatchee Valley Medical Center who tracks and identified pollen.

Share your best cold and flu remedies

It’s almost flu season. How will you cope? Some people find relief holding their face over a steaming vat of mentholated water. Some people swear by chicken soup. Still others swear by a hefty dose of hard liquor.

La Niña winter shouldn’t amount to much here

Make sure those winter boots still fit. Wenatchee — along with the rest of the Pacific Northwest — will get more snow and colder weather than usual this winter if La Niña acts how she usually does.

Warm weather will stick around

Weather perfect for a kick in the park is expected to continue past the weekend with highs in the low 80s, well above the mid-70s normal for time of the year, says forecaster Steve Bodnar of the National Weather Service in Spokane.

Watch, learn about raptor migration Saturday

PATEROS — The people who count hawks, eagles and other raptors as they migrate south from a ridgetop between Chelan and the Methow Valley invite the public to watch them at work and to learn about raptors this Saturday. The Chelan Ridge Hawk Migration Festival begins at 9 a.m. and runs through the day, with free shuttles from Riverfront Park in Pateros to Chelan Ridge, where people can watch the birds of prey at the peak of their migration south.

Be ready for rain this busy weekend

WENATCHEE — This weekend, skip the sunblock and wear a waterproof windbreaker instead. That’s right, rain is on the way. Maybe lots of it.

New phone company says line’s open

WENATCHEE — It sounds pretty far-fetched, but the general manager for the area’s new phone company swears it’s the truth. Phone on the fritz? Internet won’t connect? TV picture fuzzy? Then call him directly, even on weekends, and tell him the problem. That’s right, no outsourcing to New Delhi — your call can go directly to the guy in charge right here in Wenatchee.

The hunt for berries is a cherished tradition here

WENATCHEE — People who live in North Central Washington know where berries come from: They come from the mountains. They’re one of the many gifts the mountains bestow on the fortunate folks of the foothills. In a good year, huckleberries can be found at varying elevations in July through September. Hiking trips take longer as distracted hikers stop to taste the ripening black globes. For some, an extra hour or two is added to the time it takes to cross the passes. For others, trips are made specifically to seek ...

Winthrop man killed in woodcutting accident

TWISP — A 49-year-old Winthrop man was killed Monday while stacking firewood in a pickup with a friend in the Poorman Creek area, west of Twisp, authorities said. Wade L. McCullough, 49, apparently slipped and fell backward inside the bed of the pickup late Monday afternoon. He hit his head on a metal tie-down hook attached to the truck, said Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers.

Rain slows humdrum fire season

WENATCHEE — A relatively mild fire season may be winding down as rain this week dampens fuels. But U.S. Forest Service officials caution the fire season could quickly return once the weather warms, and grasses dry out. “I don’t know if it’s over, exactly. But I’d say it’s definitely taking a strong vacation right now,” Bobbie Scopa, fire management officer for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, said this morning.

Professor to speak on earthquakes, volcanoes

TWISP — Stephen Malone will present a free program next week on predicting earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Malone is a research professor with the University of Washington of Earth and Space Science department. The program, organized by the Methow Conservancy, is scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.