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Hover, Thrasher advance to general election in District 2 race

Hover, Thrasher advance to general election in District 2 race

Okanogan County citizens will have at least one new representative on the county board of commissioners after strong showings by challengers Andy Hover and Ashley Thrasher, who elbowed out incumbent Commissioner Ray Campbell in the Aug. 2 primary. With all but a handful of ballots counted on Monday (Aug. 8), Hover had 40 percent of the...
Winthrop agrees to salary increases for police officers

Winthrop agrees to salary increases for police officers

The Winthrop Town Council has agreed to pay raises for the town’s marshal and deputies to help recruit better candidates for its police positions. At last week’s meeting, the council adopted a revised pay schedule proposed by Marshal Hal Henning. The salary figures in the proposal approved last week were less than those in an earlier...
One of two Three Rivers Hospital district levies headed for approval

One of two Three Rivers Hospital district levies headed for approval

Voters are supporting one of two Hospital District 1 (Three Rivers Hospital) tax levy proposals on the primary election ballot. A permanent levy lid lift looks headed for a win, but a one-year special levy proposal that requires supermajority approval seems destined for defeat. The hospital district includes the Methow Valley and portions of Okanogan and...
Confederated Tribes express concerns about proposed Flagg Mountain copper mining

Confederated Tribes express concerns about proposed Flagg Mountain copper mining

Members of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation have expressed concern about the potential for future mining in the upper Methow Valley, and the harm it could cause natural resources, as well as the tribes’ cultural and spiritual connections to that land. Tribal members brought those concerns to a meeting last week with U.S. Forest...
Winthrop business owners ask for review of crosswalk plan

Winthrop business owners ask for review of crosswalk plan

Downtown business owners are asking the Winthrop Town Council to revisit a Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) plan for revising crosswalks and pedestrian approaches at the four-way stop on Riverside Avenue. The planned revisions are part of a WSDOT project to repave about 2 miles of state Highway 20 — known as Riverside Avenue in downtown Winthrop — in...
Twisp voters approving sales tax hike for transportation projects

Twisp voters approving sales tax hike for transportation projects

By a wide margin, Twisp voters are approving a new 0.2 percent sales tax to raise money to fund transportation improvements in town. The proposition on the Aug. 2 primary election was passing with 73 percent of Twisp voters approving funding a new Transportation Benefit District (TBD) through the sales tax, based on the votes...
Letters to the editor: August 10, 2016

Letters to the editor: August 10, 2016

Scary rhetoric Dear Editor: Re: Last week’s “No Bad Days” column in Methow Valley News. Thanks, Don, for telling it like it is. Trump is a horror. Last time we heard this kind of rhetoric was on the eve of World War II. I cannot imagine why any sane, decent person would support him.  Julianne...
Editorials: August 10, 2016

Editorials: August 10, 2016

Notes on the election The Aug. 2 primary election produced some intriguing results with implications for Methow Valley residents. Change is coming to the Okanogan County Board of Commissioners, and it may dramatically affect how the three-person board operates. In District 2, which includes the Methow Valley, incumbent Commissioner Ray Campbell managed to draw only...
Harts Pass: August 10, 2016

Harts Pass: August 10, 2016

Town Council appoints Acheson to fill mayor’s position in Winthrop

Town Council appoints Acheson to fill mayor’s position in Winthrop

Winthrop Town Council member Anne Acheson has been appointed to fill the position of mayor, replacing Sue Langdalen. Langdalen announced recently that she and her husband, Jim, are moving out of the community. Her resignation is effective Sept. 1. At last week’s council meeting, council member …