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Daylight saving time

Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday (March 8). Set all of your clocks one hour ahead to ensure you’re on the same schedule as everyone else.

Learn about bird flu

A public meeting about avian influenza (bird flu) is being held to provide up-to-date information for poultry producers and owners of backyard flocks and interested members of the public. The meeting will cover what symptoms to look for in birds and what people can do to protect susceptible bird species. Although there have been laboratory-confirmed...
Supreme Court decision on PUD powerline

Supreme Court decision on PUD powerline

By Marcy Stamper
After more than a dozen years of lawsuits, the Okanogan County Public Utility District’s transmission line from Pateros to Twisp has won an almost certain path to construction with a Washington Supreme Court decision that the utility …

Legislative work session on fire response

The House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee is holding a work session regarding state forest fire response and recovery through the lens of the Carlton Complex Fire. The session is Thursday (Jan. 29) from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The public can sit in but there is usually no public testimony at work sessions. The work...
County reorganizing emergency management

County reorganizing emergency management

By Marcy Stamper
Okanogan County is reorganizing its approach to emergency management, moving the job back under the county commissioners instead of the Sheriff’s Office. The change was prompted by a reevaluation of …
K-12: Expensive focus of 2015 legislative debates

K-12: Expensive focus of 2015 legislative debates

By Cooper Inveen, WNPA Olympia News Bureau
OLYMPIA – Washington’s lawmakers have opened this year’s legislative session amid predictions of a long and contentious debate focused on budget and tax votes for the K-12 education system. Lawmakers are confronted with a mountain of expensive problems to solve, ranging from transportation to mental health. But education...
Forest Service seeks comments on management plans

Forest Service seeks comments on management plans

By Ann McCreary
The U.S. Forest Service is seeking input and comments on proposed management activities in the South Summit II Forest and Fuels Project area. The 50,000-acre project area lies within the Frazer, Chiliwist, Benson, Texas, French, and Swamp Creek …
Co-op, PUD crews work to restore power in many areas

Co-op, PUD crews work to restore power in many areas

By Ann McCreary and Marcy Stamper
Utility crews are working throughout the county today (Nov. 26) to restore electricity after heavy wet snow dropped trees and branches on power lines and caused widespread power outages. About 1,000 Okanogan County Electric …

Fire hall construction topic of special meeting • Late archery, special anterless seasons just ahead

  Fire hall construction topic of special meeting A special meeting of the Board of Commissioners of Okanogan County Fire District No. 6 will be held on Monday, No. 24, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the District No. 6 training/conference room at the Twisp Fire Hall located at 434 W. 2nd Ave. in Twisp. The topic will...

UPDATE: District 6 levy proposal still trails

After a second round of ballot-counting by the Okanogan County auditor’s office was completed on Friday (Nov. 7), a proposed levy increase to support construction of a new fire station in Winthrop for Okanogan County Fire District 6 was still being defeated, by 883 no votes (55 percent) to 725 yes votes (45 percent). The...