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New group launches affordable housing effort

New group launches affordable housing effort

The creation of a new nonprofit housing trust brings the Methow Valley one step closer to solving a long-standing problem, where many people — even those working full time — cannot find affordable housing because housing is expensive and there is very little available. The Methow Housing Trust was launched last week to work toward creating...
Winthrop looks to Twisp for interim policing

Winthrop looks to Twisp for interim policing

The Town of Winthrop is pursuing an agreement under which the Twisp Police Department will temporarily provide law enforcement services while Winthrop is again without any police officers of its own. Winthrop Marshal Hal Henning was fired by Mayor Anne Acheson on Feb. 22, after Henning submitted a formal complaint against the mayor to the town...
Open roads group asks county lawyers to recuse themselves in ‘quiet title’ case

Open roads group asks county lawyers to recuse themselves in ‘quiet title’ case

Citing a “strong appearance of favoritism” and a failure “to defend the public interest in public roads,” a group called the Okanogan Open Roads Coalition has asked the county’s prosecuting attorney and chief civil deputy prosecuting attorney to recuse themselves in a quiet-title lawsuit filed against the county this month by Gamble Land and Timber. The...
Moss returns as interim public works superintendent in Twisp

Moss returns as interim public works superintendent in Twisp

Former Twisp Public Works Superintendent Howard Moss has been hired on a temporary basis to handle his old job while the town seeks a replacement for his successor, Andrew Denham. Denham resigned in January. He said the hour-plus commute to his job in Twisp from his home in Conconully had become too difficult, particularly in...
Twisp Town Council awards contract for new public works shop

Twisp Town Council awards contract for new public works shop

The Twisp Town Council has accepted a bid of $800,000 for construction of a new public works shop on Cottonwood Street to replace the existing shop at Town Hall. It was the second round of bidding on the shop project. Original bids came in higher than expected. The second-round winning bid by Halme Builders of...
State appeals court upholds closure of Three Devils Road by the county

State appeals court upholds closure of Three Devils Road by the county

The Okanogan County commissioners had the authority to close Three Devils Road to the public at the request of adjacent landowner Gamble Land and Timber, the Washington Court of Appeals has ruled. Moreover, discussions between the commissioners and representatives of the company were a normal part of county business and not evidence of collusion, the court...
Familiar concerns raised in review of Winthrop’s Westernization code update

Familiar concerns raised in review of Winthrop’s Westernization code update

A few issues persist as the Winthrop Town Council moves toward a public hearing, and eventual adoption, of revisions to the town’s Westernization code. At last week’s Town Council meeting, council members reviewed details of the most recent changes to the proposed revision, and audience members reiterated a couple of familiar themes: authenticity and enforcement.
DeHart announces he’ll run for Winthrop mayor’s position

DeHart announces he’ll run for Winthrop mayor’s position

Winthrop Town Council member Bob DeHart announced last week that he will run for mayor in the November general election. DeHart said his decision to run was partially, but not entirely, in reaction to recent concerns raised about the firing of Marshal Hal Henning by Mayor Anne Acheson.
Twisp leaders ask: When is it simply none of our business?

Twisp leaders ask: When is it simply none of our business?

Local elected boards and councils are increasingly being asked, on behalf of their constituents, to endorse certain causes, urge other government entities or officials to action, or oppose an expected action. But should such advocacy, especially when it is politically tinged, be the role of groups like the Twisp and Winthrop town councils, or similar elected...
Art, salmon and watershed science intersect in the classroom

Art, salmon and watershed science intersect in the classroom

Sixth-graders’ project links learning, creativity By Marcy Stamper When Methow Valley Elementary sixth-graders picked “Water Provides” as the theme for this year’s National Free Fishing Day, it showed how completely they had absorbed the interconnection of water for farmers, fish and virtually everyone in the community. Early this month, the students translated this theme onto...