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Medical marijuana debate has advocates, skeptics

Medical marijuana debate has advocates, skeptics

Some people say marijuana extracts have helped soothe muscle aches from over-exertion. Arthritis sufferers say rubbing it into their joints has reduced pain and given them greater mobility. Others say tinctures have kept cancerous tumors stable for years. Still others say a little drop of marijuana under the tongue helps them sleep. Now that it is...
Public works projects get underway soon in Twisp

Public works projects get underway soon in Twisp

Two projects totaling more than $1 million for new sidewalks, curbs and gutters in Twisp are expected to get underway as early as this fall. The town recently awarded contracts for the projects, which are funded through federal and state money, said Public Works Director Andrew Denham.
Commissioner candidates file required financial reports

Commissioner candidates file required financial reports

With just over five weeks until Election Day, the four candidates for the two open Okanogan County commissioner seats have raised almost $70,000 and spent $39,000. The most expensive race is the District 2 contest between Andy Hover and Ashley Thrasher, with Hover bringing in almost $27,000, the highest contributions of all four candidates. Thrasher has...
DeHart appointed to fill vacancy on Winthrop Town Council

DeHart appointed to fill vacancy on Winthrop Town Council

Bob DeHart has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Winthrop Town Council that was created when former Mayor Sue Langdalen resigned and council member Anne Acheson was selected to replace Langdalen. DeHart, 70, is retired from the Boeing Co. This is the second time he has applied to fill a council vacancy. DeHart also...
Forest Service moves to protect upper valley from future mining

Forest Service moves to protect upper valley from future mining

The U.S. Forest Service plans to take immediate action to protect more than 340,000 acres of federal land at the upper end of the Methow Valley from future mining operations, a Forest Service official said last week in Washington, D.C. Testifying before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Leslie Weldon, deputy chief of the Forest...
USFS plans immediate action to protect Methow Headwaters

USFS plans immediate action to protect Methow Headwaters

The U.S. Forest Service plans to take immediate action to protect more than 340,000 acres of federal land at the upper end of the Methow Valley from future mining operations, a Forest Service official said Thursday (Sept. 22) in Washington, D.C. Testifying before the Senate Energy and Natural …
Dress code discussion about more than clothes

Dress code discussion about more than clothes

A school dress code is about a lot more than simply what a student wears to school, as was evident in a frank discussion among Liberty Bell High School students, staff and parents this week. What people wear encompasses issues of personal identity, body image and cultural attitudes about sexuality, those …
Lloyd resigns Twisp council seat to avoid conflict of interest

Lloyd resigns Twisp council seat to avoid conflict of interest

Twisp Town Council member Bob Lloyd resigned from the council last week because his company, Lloyd Logging Inc., was the successful bidder for a $163,689 contract with the town. Lloyd Logging was the low bidder on a project that will construct curbs, gutters and sidewalks …
Twisp again delays OK of in-kind services contract

Twisp again delays OK of in-kind services contract

The Twisp Town Council kicked a contract between Twisp and Lloyd Holdco down the road once again, directing Twisp’s public works director to identify how in-kind services proposed in the agreement could be applied to construction of a recreational trail. The most recent version of…
Contract awarded for forest-thinning project in South Summit area on Loup Loup Pass

Contract awarded for forest-thinning project in South Summit area on Loup Loup Pass

Boise Cascade Wood Products Manufacturing is the successful bidder for the Benzer Stewardship Project, a forest-thinning project that will be conducted in the South Summit area on Loup Loup Pass. The Benzer Stewardship Project includes more than 2,000 acres of marking and thinning trees…