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WEDNESDAY UPDATE:  More evacuation orders as fires, smoke spread

WEDNESDAY UPDATE: More evacuation orders as fires, smoke spread

By Ann McCreary Additional evacuation orders were issued Wednesday morning (July 16) for residents living in the path of approaching fires burning near Carlton. Five houses on the north side of Gold Creek Road were placed on Level 3 evacuation, which means …
Homes evacuated on Texas Creek as fire advances

Homes evacuated on Texas Creek as fire advances

By Ann McCreary
Residents of 10 homes on Texas Creek Road near Carlton were ordered to evacuate at about 1:30 p.m. today as the Stokes Road Fire was approaching to within one-quarter mile of the houses.
County hearing examiner OKs projects

County hearing examiner OKs projects

By Marcy Stamper

Okanogan County hearing examiner Dan Beardslee approved a proposal to rezone eight acres on the Walking D Ranch after considering plans …

Local marijuana hopefuls face regulatory hurdles, concerns from neighbors

Local marijuana hopefuls face regulatory hurdles, concerns from neighbors

By Marcy Stamper
Ed Rhinehart expects to receive a license this week to grow marijuana in Winthrop, but that achievement will do little to compensate for his frustrations with delays and changes from the state’s licensing body that reduced his crop to a quarter of what he had planned and caused him to miss...
Winthrop issues conditional use permit to town’s first marijuana retailer

Winthrop issues conditional use permit to town’s first marijuana retailer

By Laurelle Walsh
The Winthrop Town Council approved a conditional use permit (CUP) for the town’s first retail marijuana store, Fresh Greens, at its meeting last Wednesday (July 2). At a public hearing prior to …
Try Washington Wines in Winthrop Saturday

Try Washington Wines in Winthrop Saturday

By Laurelle Walsh
Family Wineries of Washington State — an organization that advocates for small wineries around the state — the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce, and Lost River Winery have resurrected the Winthrop Wine Festival, which has been on hiatus for the last two years, according to Lost River Winery owner John Morgan.
Proposal would reduce hazardous fuels on USFS lands near Mazama

Proposal would reduce hazardous fuels on USFS lands near Mazama

By Ann McCreary
The Methow Valley Ranger District is seeking input on a proposal to conduct hazardous fuels reduction on national forest lands around Mazama. Interested individuals are encouraged to participate in project planning by …
Spokes fighting strokes

Spokes fighting strokes

By Marcy Stamper
Four cyclists and the driver of a support van passed through town on the Fourth of July weekend, just one week into a 5,200-mile bike ride to build awareness of the potential for cycling to aid in recovery—and provide independence and mobility—for survivors of strokes and of other brain injuries.
Facilities task force proposes $5.5 million for campus, buses

Facilities task force proposes $5.5 million for campus, buses

By Marcy Stamper
After three months of study, the task force that has been assessing facilities needs at the Methow Valley School District is recommending spending $4.5 million on maintenance and upgrades in the district’s schools and grounds and another …
Fire district nearing approval of levy request

Fire district nearing approval of levy request

By Ann McCreary

Fire district commissioners are expected to approve a resolution next week calling for increased property taxes to build a new fire station in Winthrop for Okanogan County Fire District 6.