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Property owners file claims against state for losses in Carlton Complex Fire

Property owners file claims against state for losses in Carlton Complex Fire

By Marcy Stamper Attorneys have filed 65 claims against the state of Washington for property lost in the Carlton Complex Fire, charging that the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is responsible for the damage by failing to control the fire. The tort claims for property damages ranging from $1,000 to $2.3 million were filed...
State will take Hwy. 153 property condemnation to court

State will take Hwy. 153 property condemnation to court

By Ann McCreary State transportation officials will take condemnation proceedings to court to acquire property from Patrick Fitzgerald, who lives at the mouth of Benson Creek where flash flooding destroyed a section of Highway 153 last summer. Fitzgerald has objected to the way the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) repaired the highway after intense...
Considerations for fire district levy proposal

Considerations for fire district levy proposal

By Ross Darling For about 11 months, I served on the Okanogan County Fire District 6 advisory board, learning about the district and waiting for them to give us a task or asking what we thought about regarding various district concerns. That was not to be. Finally, the commissioners said they had mis-named the board...
Is levy proposal blowing smoke?

Is levy proposal blowing smoke?

By Fred Wert The Okanogan County Fire District 6 commissioners have proposed a new fire hall in Winthrop for a number of years. They put it to a vote earlier, and it was rejected by the voters. What did they do? They went out and purchased a piece of land for a total cost of...

CORRECTION

An Oct. 1 story about new Loup Loup Ski Bowl General Manager C.P Grosenick should have said that he was a marine insurance underwriter, not broker, for most of his career. The News regrets the error.
Looking under the levy lid

Looking under the levy lid

By Don Nelson I think you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in the Methow Valley who would have anything other than good things to say about the firefighters of Okanogan County Fire District 6, most of whom are volunteers. We know how hard they train, how professionally they respond to fires and other emergencies, how...
Letters to the editor: October 22, 2014

Letters to the editor: October 22, 2014

Community deserves it Dear Editor: Re: Okanogan County Fire District 6 levy request. It seems to me that much of the money we pay in taxes goes towards all sorts of things that we have no control over and would not necessarily choose to support. This is an opportunity to do something in our community...
Methow: October 22, 2014

Methow: October 22, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian Max Judd looked out the window and ran his hand over his brow and through his white hair, his fingers thick from years of working the soil. His gaze fell on the hillside across the river, as if to find words among the yellow and red leaves in the trees. I...
Mazama: October 22, 2014

Mazama: October 22, 2014

By Bob Spiwak The rains have finally arrived, the trees are losing their leaves and soon wintry weather will be upon us. We heard there was a bit of snow at Harts Pass early last week, but none currently. If you have a dog, my wife came up with an idea, maybe not original, as...
Winthrop: October 22, 2014

Winthrop: October 22, 2014

By Ashley Lodato About 10 local teens had an Outward Bound experience over the weekend when they participated in Outward Bound’s leadership course practicum at the Mazama base camp. Outward Bound offers a 50-day semester course for aspiring outdoor leaders and part of that program involves facilitating a three-day outdoor experience for younger students. The...