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Benson Creek residents, agencies still working on solutions to 2014 flood

Benson Creek residents, agencies still working on solutions to 2014 flood

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will repair the uppermost of five dams in the upper Benson Creek watershed as soon as weather permits. All five lakes failed in an August 2014 rainstorm when logs and debris cascaded down from …
Recommendations for Mission Project go to Forest Service

Recommendations for Mission Project go to Forest Service

Recommendations for thinning and prescribed burning on about 7,500 acres in the Buttermilk and Libby watersheds were provided to the Methow Ranger District last week as it develops plans for a large forest restoration project.
County commissioners seek input on juvenile-detention facility options

County commissioners seek input on juvenile-detention facility options

Keep local facility, or move it out of county? The Okanogan County commissioners are analyzing the costs of continuing to operate the county’s own juvenile-detention facility versus renting a facility in another county. Okanogan County currently operates its own juvenile-detention facility but state law allows a county to lease detention space, according to a legal...
Winthrop council approves Westernization violation fine

Winthrop council approves Westernization violation fine

After waiting more than five months for a popular downtown business to comply with a requirement in the town’s Westernization code, the Winthrop Town Council decided at its meeting last week to impose a civil fine if the violation isn’t corrected by Jan. 31.
Out with the old

Out with the old

By Don Nelson Moving in to a new space always starts with moving out of the old one. We’ve been doing that, as best we can, the past several weeks as we prepare to move the newspaper’s office from 101 N. Glover St. to a building on the TwispWorks campus that was most recently used...
Uncivil society is sown with dark money

Uncivil society is sown with dark money

We’ve reached a strange moment of unity in our nation’s political life: Democrats and Republicans alike admit they’re frightened by the front-running Republican presidential candidates. Many Republicans fear they don’t have a winning candidate. Democrats fear that Republicans do. So who likely has the most to fear here, besides the citizenry? Probably the Republicans who...
Letters to the editor: Jan. 27, 2016

Letters to the editor: Jan. 27, 2016

Thanks for support Dear Editor: We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone near and far who has been supporting our family during our saddest time. We are fortunate to have so many kind and generous people looking out for us. Thanks to all who helped with the memorial service. We couldn’t...
MVCC needs your help

MVCC needs your help

Dear Community: I am an old building but I’m not ready to be put out to pasture. Quite the contrary. I am full of energy, laughter and activity. I’m thrilled about my positive changes, my improved health in my heating, electrical, and upcoming sound improvement. This makes me feel so good and useful and valuable....
LBHS Knowledge Bowl team takes first at Tonasket meet

LBHS Knowledge Bowl team takes first at Tonasket meet

Liberty Bell High School Team 1 placed first among 18 teams from six schools at a Knowledge Bowl meet Wednesday (Jan. 20) at Tonasket. Also competing were Pateros, Omak, Okanogan, Chelan, and Tonasket. Team 1 — Captain Rowan Post, Corey Diamond, Sebastian Hogness, Noah Batson — won all of its matches to take the top spot. Tonasket Team 1...

LBHS wrestlers take third place at Coyote Classic

With only four wrestlers competing, Liberty Bell High School still managed to take third place last weekend at the Coyote Classic in Kittitas. Coach Gunnar Doggett reported that the Mountain Lions’ Meritt Fink captured first place in the 145-pound division with a victory over Reggie Jones of Colfax. Kaleb Martin won at 152 pounds, and...