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New property tax assessments in mail

New property tax assessments in mail

The Okanogan County assessor’s office has completed the inspection of properties located primarily within the Methow Valley School District. The assessor will mail out approximately 9,500 notices of change in taxable value this week. By state law, one-sixth of the county must be physically inspected each year. Most of the land within the Methow Valley...
Mountain Lion of the Week: Charlie Thornton-White

Mountain Lion of the Week: Charlie Thornton-White

This week’s Mountain Lion of the Week is senior track and field athlete Charlie Thornton-White. Charlie is an outstanding person and athlete. He has played a key role in qualifying Liberty Bell’s 1,600-meter relay for the state meet this season. Although injury forced him to abandon soccer for track, Charlie took to the new sport...
Comments period extended for Mission Restoration Project

Comments period extended for Mission Restoration Project

The public comment period for the Mission Restoration Project has been extended until June 10 due to requests for additional time and high public interest in the proposed forest restoration project. Methow Valley District Ranger Mike Liu announced this week he would extend the original May 31 deadline to allow people more time to prepare their...
Countywide races draw many contenders

Countywide races draw many contenders

Incumbent commissioners each draw three challengers By Marcy Stamper Okanogan County incumbent commissioners Ray Campbell and Sheilah Kennedy each face three challengers in their bid for a second four-year term. Andy Hover of Winthrop, Ashley Thrasher of Twisp and Stan Kvistad of Okanogan filed declarations of candidacy last week for the District 2 seat held...
Affordable housing discussion hits on familiar local issues

Affordable housing discussion hits on familiar local issues

An energetic gathering of about 25 Methow Valley residents came together last week to brainstorm about the issue of available and affordable housing in the valley — or the lack thereof. The “community conversation” on May 19 helped launch an initiative to identify housing needs and develop an action plan to create more housing that is affordable.
Dawn Space Mission leaders offer presentation at Sun Mountain

Dawn Space Mission leaders offer presentation at Sun Mountain

An international gathering of scientists involved in NASA’s Dawn Space Mission will convene at Sun Mountain Lodge next week, and two leaders of the space mission will give a public presentation about the spacecraft and its discoveries. The free lecture at 7 p.m. at Sun Mountain Lodge will feature Tom McCord, director of the Bear Fight...
ILC gets special waiver to measure learning instead of credit hours

ILC gets special waiver to measure learning instead of credit hours

The Methow Valley Independent Learning Center (ILC) is now one of only four schools in the state where students can show their progress by demonstrating what they’ve learned, rather than having to accumulate a set number of credits. The Washington State Board of Education granted the unusual competency waiver to the ILC on May 12. The...
Community plaza next phase of TwispWorks development

Community plaza next phase of TwispWorks development

A “community plaza” that provides a place for people to gather, relax on a grassy lawn, enjoy outdoor music and arts performances, and even splash in a water spray park on hot days is envisioned as the next phase of TwispWorks development. The proposed plaza would transform the expanse of vacant, paved area at the...
Enloe Dam’s powerhouse designated as one of Washington’s most-endangered historic properties

Enloe Dam’s powerhouse designated as one of Washington’s most-endangered historic properties

The 94-year-old Enloe Dam powerhouse has been designated as one of Washington’s seven-most-endangered historic properties. The powerhouse was selected because it is in a critical state of disrepair and will be removed by the Okanogan County Public Utility District (PUD) if no one comes forward with a …
Pub fire investigation, insurance settlement in waiting mode

Pub fire investigation, insurance settlement in waiting mode

Twisp River Pub owner Aaron Studen said he is in waiting mode while his insurance company completes its fire investigation and obtains bids for reconstruction of the pub, which was severely damaged by an arson fire on Feb. 29. “It works at a snail’s pace,” Studen said this week. The insurance company, Mutual of Enumclaw,...