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Bill Oakford 1954–2016

Bill Oakford
1954–2016

Bill Oakford, 62, born Jan. 21, 1954, passed peacefully in his sleep at his home in Twisp after a three-year battle with cancer. Bill came to the Methow Valley after retiring from the U.S. Air Force. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Evelyn; his daughters Kim and Jessica; brothers Tom, Dave and...

Commissioners likely to adopt county zoning code Tuesday

The Okanogan County commissioners have set Tuesday (July 26) at 2:30 p.m. to consider adoption of the update to the county’s zoning code. This is a continuation of their public hearing on the code, the fifth in their series of deliberations on the ordinance. The commissioners closed public comment on July 12. The most recent...

Legal notices: July 20, 2016

NOTICE OF VARIENCE REQUEST NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN BY LINDA COOK and JEANETTE MOONEY that a variance from the Okanogan County Public Health District’s On Site Sewage Regulation is being requested to allow the use of an existing well that fails to meet the 100 foot sanitary control zone requirements to serve a parcel in...
Levies would support necessary upgrades at Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster

Levies would support necessary upgrades at Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster

The staff at Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster practices modern medicine in a facility that, at times, seems to be from another era. All of the hospital’s vital equipment works and provides the necessary diagnostic and treatment support. But some of it is older than many of the hospital staffers. Parts are hard …
County urges combat of apple maggot threat

County urges combat of apple maggot threat

In an effort to head off any possibility of an apple maggot infestation, Okanogan County’s pest control agent is urging anyone with apple trees on their property to spray them for apple maggots. Last year 32 apple maggot flies were caught in insect traps that are placed every summer in apple trees around the county to...
Traffic safety tops Winthrop council discussion

Traffic safety tops Winthrop council discussion

After a busy Fourth of July weekend, traffic and safety were once again major topics of conversation at the Winthrop Town Council meeting last week. Hal Henning, recently hired as town marshal, talked to the council about several traffic-related and policing issues, most of them familiar to council members and residents alike.
Editorials: July 13, 2016

Editorials: July 13, 2016

Meeting the need Most of us who own businesses would find it difficult to survive under the expectations placed on a typical hospital — in particular, small rural hospitals. You’d have to be open 24/7 to handle the problems of whatever “customers” come in, you couldn’t turn them away if they ask for service, and you’d have...
Letters to the editor: July 13, 2016

Letters to the editor: July 13, 2016

Thanks for trail work Dear Editor: The Back Country Horsemen of Washington (BCHW) deserve a huge shout-out for its trail maintenance work from all of us who use trails on public lands. While hiking in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest over the holiday weekend, I encountered dozens of hard working women and men of the BCHW...
Twisp transportation benefit district on Aug. 2 ballot

Twisp transportation benefit district on Aug. 2 ballot

A proposition asking Twisp voters to authorize a new sales tax of .2 percent to fund a Transportation Benefit District (TBD) appears on the Aug. 2 primary election ballot. The district is a special taxing entity created by the Twisp Council, as authorized by state law, to pay for street maintenance and improvements within Twisp.
Community School adds kindergarten, teacher

Community School adds kindergarten, teacher

The Methow Valley Community School in Twisp will add kindergarten and expand its primary grades crew for the 2016-17 school year, Executive Director Crystal Bacon announced recently. “The interest in enrolling kindergarteners and a large number of first- and second-graders was high enough for us to need to add a new teacher,” Bacon said. Bacon...