Stories for January 2017


Tuesday, January 31


Snow covers Elbow Coulee Road

Elbow Coulee Road was closed temporarily Jan. 23 by two snow slides that covered the road. The Twisp Police Department and Washington State Patrol responded initially, with Okanogan County Public Works called later, said county Emergency Manager Maurice Goodall.

January 31, 2017 11:45 p.m. read more..

Friday, January 27


Gas prices slip to $2.73 average

Average retail gasoline prices across the state have fallen 0.6 cent per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.73 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,666 gas outlets in Washington.

January 27, 2017 1:52 p.m. read more..

Permits needed for fireworks discharge

State Fire Marshal Charles Duffy is reminding resident that fireworks are not legal for sale or discharge during the Lunar New Year without first obtaining a permit.

January 27, 2017 1:39 p.m. read more..

Thursday, January 26

Burn ban issued for Methow Valley

Due to poor air quality, the state Department of Ecology is issuing a stage 1 burn ban for communities along the Methow Rive including Pateros, Methow, Carlton, Twisp, Winthrop and Mazama.

January 26, 2017 2:06 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 25


Bivins pleads guilty

A local man pleaded guilty Jan. 17 to the April 5, 2014, vehicular homicide of 24-year-old Charity Rumbolz.

January 25, 2017 9:05 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 24

Thursday, January 19

Weather brings school delays, closures

Due to ice, freezing rain and snow storms several area schools are planning closures and delays for classes Thursday, Jan. 19. This list will be updated as information becomes available.

January 19, 2017 7:28 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 18


Tuesday, January 17

Travel safety urged

Take caution if you're traveling. That's the message local law enforcement agencies are saying in wake of an ongoing winter storm.

January 17, 2017 9:42 p.m. read more..

Winter storm warning issued

The Spokane office of the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning, hazardous weather outlook and hydrologic outlook covering most of North Central Washington.

January 17, 2017 12:06 p.m. read more..

Thursday, January 12

Court denies ATV case review

The state Supreme Court has denied a petition by Okanogan County to review the June 2016 Court of Appeals decision involving the county’s 2014 ATV Ordinance.

January 12, 2017 10:16 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 11


Friday, January 6

Wednesday, January 4


Country Store opens in Oroville

Northern Okanogan County residents got a late Christmas present Monday, Dec. 26, as the Country Store opened its doors in the former Prince's Department Store building, 1000 23rd Ave.

January 4, 2017 12:01 p.m. read more..

Finding issued against Caribou Trail medical group

A finding has been issued against the financially struggling Caribou Trail Professional Medical Services Group by the Washington State Auditor's Office, which noted the medical consortium has begun the dissolution process.

January 4, 2017 11:49 a.m. read more..