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‘Buy Methow’ campaign launched for holidays

‘Buy Methow’ campaign launched for holidays

By Don Nelson
The Methow Valley business community is teaming up with other local organizations to promote holiday shopping and winter tourism as part of an effort to shore up the valley’s economy. “Buy Methow for the Holidays” is a collaborative effort involving the Twisp and Winthrop chambers of commerce, the Methow Made...
Case raises questions about ATV-related issues in county

Case raises questions about ATV-related issues in county

By Marcy Stamper
When it increased opportunities for all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riders — one of the intents of a state law passed in 2013 — did the county violate other parts of the law by increasing confusion about where people can ride and heightening the potential that sensitive environmental areas would be damaged? Was the county required...
District 6 explores fire hall funding within existing debt limit

District 6 explores fire hall funding within existing debt limit

By Ann McCreary
Okanogan County Fire District 6 commissioners will evaluate whether the district can finance construction of a new fire station in Winthrop without a levy increase or bond proposal at a public meeting on Monday (Nov. 24). The meeting, which includes a public hearing on the district’s proposed 2015 budget, will...
Sale of Tice Ranch falls through, auction firm says

Sale of Tice Ranch falls through, auction firm says

By Ann McCreary The auction sale of Tice Ranch to the high bidder — a local couple — is off, according to a spokesperson for J.P. King Auction Company. In an auction held Oct. 16, Robert and Laura Howson of Twisp were the high bidders on the property, and were announced by the auction company as the new...
County’s environmental review of comp plan upheld

County’s environmental review of comp plan upheld

By Marcy Stamper
Okanogan County’s proposed comprehensive plan will not result in significant environmental impacts, and growth in the county can be expected to remain very slow, said the county’s hearing examiner in a decision on an appeal of the environmental review of the plan. Okanogan County Hearing Examiner Dan Beardslee said other...
Weather station will be reactivated at Methow Valley State Airport

Weather station will be reactivated at Methow Valley State Airport

By Ann McCreary
At the request of pilots using the Methow Valley State Airport, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will reactivate a weather reporting station this winter. WSDOT, which operates the airport, began working last year to reactivate a decommissioned, privately owned weather reporting system for use at the airport, which...
Start shopping locally for the holidays at bazaar this weekend

Start shopping locally for the holidays at bazaar this weekend

By Laurelle Walsh
The first installment of the Methow Valley Community Center’s annual Christmas Bazaar starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday (Nov. 22), and runs until 3 p.m. in the gym. Admission is free. The second day of the bazaar will follow in two weeks, on Dec. 6. This is the 32nd year...
Register now for food baskets, Manger Mall

Register now for food baskets, Manger Mall

By Laurelle Walsh
Neighbors Helping Neighbors provides assistance to local families in need of a little help shopping for gifts or getting Christmas dinner on the table through two programs: holiday food baskets and the Manger Mall. The group distributed holiday food baskets to 126 families last year, and is expecting to add...
Funding for a new Twisp Town Hall will get ‘highest priority,’ state legislator says

Funding for a new Twisp Town Hall will get ‘highest priority,’ state legislator says

By Ann McCreary Funding construction of a new Twisp Town Hall building is the “highest priority” capital project for his district, state Rep. Cary Condotta, R-Wenatchee, said this week during a visit to Twisp. “Town Hall is a cornerstone, a foundation for this town. The mayor is trying to re-brand Twisp, and this is...
Fate of PUD’s Enloe Dam still uncertain

Fate of PUD’s Enloe Dam still uncertain

By Marcy Stamper
After more than half a century as a disused concrete spillway, powerhouse and reservoir, Enloe Dam may be closer to its next phase in life — either being retrofitted to generate power or removed entirely. The Okanogan County Public Utility District (PUD) has seven months to seek an extension from the Federal...