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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...

District 6 levy proposal trails
in early returns

In early returns from the Okanogan County auditor’s office on Tuesday (Nov. 4), a proposed levy increase to support construction of a new fire station in Winthrop for Okanogan County Fire District 6 was being defeated by 593 no votes (54 percent) to 505 yes votes (46 percent). The auditor’s office reported that 6,618 ballots...
Meeting to discuss Navy plan for warfare exercises

Meeting to discuss Navy plan for warfare exercises

An open house is scheduled on Tuesday (Nov. 4) to discuss a proposal by the U.S. Navy to conduct warfare training exercises on the Tonasket Ranger District. The open house will be held 3:30-7:30 p.m. at the Okanogan Public Utility District in Okanogan. Forest Service and U.S. Navy personnel will be present to answer questions....
Bridge repairs close Hwy. 153 again

Bridge repairs close Hwy. 153 again

By Ann McCreary
Under the “what next?” category of events, State Highway 153 is closed — again — to through traffic, this time as a result of a crack in a column that supports the bridge over the Methow River just south of Carlton. Motorists traveling beyond Carlton in …
Tice Ranch purchased by local residents

Tice Ranch purchased by local residents

By Ann McCreary
The landmark Tice Ranch was sold to a local couple – Robert and Laura Howson – in an auction on Thursday (Oct. 16) for $3.108 million. Howson said Friday that the couple plans to live in the main lodge on the 305-acre ranch and …