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Twisp River Fire: One year has passed ...

Twisp River Fire: One year has passed …

Twisp River Fire: August 19, 2015
In memory of U.S. Forest Service firefighters Tom Zbyszewski, Andrew Zajac and Richard Wheeler who died fighting the fire and in recognition of Daniel Lyon, who was severely burned in the fire.
Kennedy, Branch will face off in District 1 commissioner race

Kennedy, Branch will face off in District 1 commissioner race

In a razor-thin primary election contest, Okanogan County incumbent Commissioner Sheilah Kennedy squeaked by with one more vote than challenger Chris Branch, whom she will face in the November general election. Kennedy received 615 votes and Branch got 614. While 2,274 people cast votes for District 1 commissioner, the top-three vote-getters …
County’s stance on public works projects concerns town, district officials

County’s stance on public works projects concerns town, district officials

Emphasis on private contracting may drive up local costs By Ann McCreary Okanogan County Commissioners don’t want county government competing with private business in providing public works services to municipalities, which has left some local officials wondering if they can turn to the county for assistance as they have in the past. Towns and fire...
Twisp River fish habitat restoration project will be completed next year

Twisp River fish habitat restoration project will be completed next year

A fish habitat restoration project about 10 miles up the Twisp River will continue next summer after crews ran out of time to complete work in the river last month. The Newby Narrows Fish Habitat Enhancement Project was expected to be completed this summer, but crews were unable to finish work during the short time frame...
Conservation groups sue county over newly adopted zoning code

Conservation groups sue county over newly adopted zoning code

Okanogan County’s new zoning code — the first complete update in 38 years — has been challenged in court by two conservation groups who argue that the code fails to protect the county’s natural resources, in particular its water and farmland. The lawsuit also asserts that the county did not take into account the potential impacts of wildfire in allowing...
State appeals court declines to reconsider ATV decision

State appeals court declines to reconsider ATV decision

Okanogan County’s environmental analysis of the impact of allowing all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to use almost 600 miles of county roads will not get a re-hearing by the state Court of Appeals, which last week declined the county’s request to reconsider its June ruling. The court also rejected a request by the plaintiffs, the Methow Valley Citizens’...
Mazama: August 17, 2016

Mazama: August 17, 2016

By Mandi Donohue Cheryl Goerger, my neighbor in Lost River, sent me a fascinating New York Times article called “How to Give Rural America Broadband? Look to the Early 1900s.” It was mind-blowing. In the 1940s, subsidiaries of local electric cooperatives transformed rural areas by bringing electricity to the locals. Today, these same companies are hanging...
Twisp: August 17, 2016

Twisp: August 17, 2016

By Sarah Schrock Before I begin, I want to apologize for my blunders in last week’s column about the pool party. I totally blew it on the who’s who and what they do. First off, Emele Clothier sang folk songs along with Fred Cooley, not Lauralee Northcott. I am sorry to have confused these talented...
Winthrop: August 17, 2016

Winthrop: August 17, 2016

By Ashley Lodato Like many people around the valley, I’ve been thinking about the Twisp River Fire this week, and about the firefighters in Engine 642. I remember in particular one night in the spring of 2013, a couple of months after Tom Zbyszewski was the runner-up at the state Poetry Out Loud finals. I...
A learning environment

A learning environment

Six years ago, Steve and Kim Bondi purchased the North Cascades Basecamp intending to turn the rustic lodge and its surroundings into an outdoor, year-round ecological and environmental education workshop. This week, the Bondis spent their last night at the Basecamp with the satisfaction of having achieved that goal. The Bondis recently sold the Basecamp, which …...