Community Action offers energy assistance 

Okanogan County Community Action Council offers two programs to help homeowners stay warm this winter.

Enrollment for the 2014 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) begins on Oct. 1. The state program provides financial assistance to qualified renters and homeowners who heat with wood, oil, propane or electric heaters. LIHEAP may also provide funds to homeowners to repair or replace unsafe, dysfunctional or inoperative heating systems.

The council also offers home weatherization assistance to eligible homeowners in Okanogan County. Weatherization services may include attic, wall, and under-floor insulation and venting, heat duct testing and sealing, pipe wrapping, and air sealing.

To find out about eligibility or to enroll, visit Community Action’s Okanogan office at 424 Second Ave. S., Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or call (509) 422-4041.


Free tire disposal in October and November

Okanogan County Public Health offers free tire recycling and disposal at five locations around the county in October and November.

Tires will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily at the Okanogan Landfill Oct. 22-26; the Ellisforde Transfer Station Oct. 29 to Nov. 1; and the Twisp Transfer Station on Saturday, Nov. 2.

The City of Oroville will accept tires at 29 Kernan Street on Oct. 28 and 29, and the City of Brewster will accept tires at the Brewster School parking lot Nov. 16 and 17.

To dispose of tires, a “Tire Disposal Request” form may be downloaded at and must be returned to Okanogan County Public Health no later than Oct. 11. For more information call (509) 422-7140.


Nominate a DNR ‘hero’

The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is taking applications for the 2013 Volunteer Hero Award. The award was created in 2012 to honor outstanding volunteers who dedicate their time, effort, and passion to state trust lands. Ideal candidates will have demonstrated leadership and commitment in their sustained service to the DNR Volunteer Program. To nominate a volunteer, fill out the form at  The deadline for nominations is Oct. 1.


Talk about transportation

Got something to say about the state’s transportation infrastructure? You’ll have your chance at a public meeting on Monday (Sept. 23) in Wenatchee, where state transportation officials will seek feedback on plans and projects to be included in an infrastructure package for the Legislature. The meeting, one of 10 scheduled around the state, is from 6-9 p.m. at the Chelan County PUD auditorium, 327 N. Wenatchee Avenue.