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Repair work continues on damaged highways

Repair work continues on damaged highways

By Ann McCreary
Highway 153 remains closed south of Benson Creek while state transportation officials try to reach agreement with a landowner in order to repair damage caused by flooding and mudslides last month. Work continues on other damaged sections of …
Family Health Centers to buy Dr. Jensen’s practice in Twisp

Family Health Centers to buy Dr. Jensen’s practice in Twisp

By Don Nelson
Longtime local physician Dr. Joe Jensen, owner of Methow Valley Family Practice in Twisp, has reached an agreement to sell the practice to Family Health Centers (FHC), a nonprofit health care system based in Okanogan. The transaction will be completed in May 2015. Jensen, who is 68, will …
Fire, flood, mud: insurance benefits can vary greatly 

Fire, flood, mud: insurance benefits can vary greatly 

By Marcy Stamper
An estimated 45 percent of people who lost homes or property in the wildfires had no insurance, including almost all the renters. But the rest — in the midst of cleaning up debris, figuring out where they will live, buying new clothes, and coping with grief — have been dealing with insurance adjusters. Despite the...
Report identifies post-fire threats, recommends a variety of actions

Report identifies post-fire threats, recommends a variety of actions

By Ann McCreary
A report on the potential impact of the massive Carlton Complex Fire describes a high risk of erosion and debris flow to homes, roads, water systems, public utilities and fish habitat within or near burned areas. The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) report published this week identifies …
Classroom in Bloom kicks off year with farmers market

Classroom in Bloom kicks off year with farmers market

By Laurelle Walsh
Classroom in Bloom invites parents and community members to attend its annual student farmers market on two days next week: Oct. 1, recognized across the state as Taste Washington Day, and Oct. 2. Students will be at the market during their class time either day: 4th graders …
Winthrop near hiring deputies

Winthrop near hiring deputies

>By Don Nelson
The Town of Winthrop has made employment offers to fill two deputy marshal positions, and one of the new hires may look familiar. Deputy Ken Bajema had submitted his resignation from the marshal’s office in June but then …
State’s salmon recovery funding board tours Methow

State’s salmon recovery funding board tours Methow

Staff from the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board hosted a tour of the Methow Valley for members of the Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board last Wednesday (Sept. 17). Representatives from National Marine Fisheries Service out of Portland, Oregon, and Washington, D.C., also attended, according to a recovery board press release. The tour included visits...
Dispute slows Highway 153 repairs

Dispute slows Highway 153 repairs

By Ann McCreary
Repair work on a washout at Benson Creek on State Highway 153 has been slowed because an adjacent property owner is not allowing construction crews onto his property.
County ponders changes to land-use hearings, appeals

County ponders changes to land-use hearings, appeals

By Marcy Stamper
The Okanogan County commissioners are considering revisions to the county code that would affect who reviews applications for land-use matters such as subdivisions, planned developments and conditional-use permits, as well as countywide policies like …
Beware of fire-related fundraising scams

Beware of fire-related fundraising scams

By Marcy Stamper
Donors and beneficiaries to fundraising campaigns for people affected by the summer’s fires and floods are advised to be alert to the potential for scams and fraud. There have been reports of people who have set up online campaigns receiving calls requesting …