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State auditors: county surplused vehicles without proper documentation

State auditors: county surplused vehicles without proper documentation

Okanogan County did not follow its own policies when it disposed of 16 vehicles it no longer needed, with nine sheriff’s vehicles given free to other police agencies and several cars sold at auction — all without officially being declared as surplus by the county commissioners, according to a state audit of county procedures.
Burn ban announced for Okanogan county and others

Burn ban announced for Okanogan county and others

    Worsening air quality conditions in north central Washington are prompting Stage 1 burn bans to be added for Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties, and an existing ban to extend in Kittitas County over the weekend and through the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the Washington Department of Ecology said Thursday (Jan....
District 6 appoints advisory group

District 6 appoints advisory group

An eight-member citizens committee has been appointed to advise commissioners of Okanogan County Fire District 6, and will meet for the first time on Monday (Jan. 16). The fire district’s three commissioners selected the citizens advisory committee members from 11 applicants who sent letters of interest to the district. The first job of the advisory...
Winthrop OKs contract agreement with Twisp

Winthrop OKs contract agreement with Twisp

The town of Winthrop has renewed its contract with the Town of Twisp for building inspector services. Winthrop pays the Twisp building official on a per-hour basis as needed at the rate of $29.59 per hour. In other business at its meeting last week, the Town Council re-appointed Gene Westlund, Lori Loomis and Paul Peterson...
Two cougars shot in Methow Valley after killing pets

Two cougars shot in Methow Valley after killing pets

A dog and cat were killed last week by cougars in two separate incidents in the Methow Valley. The cougars were subsequently tracked and killed by state wildlife officers. The first attack occurred on Monday, Jan. 2, on Second …
County administrator salary dispute can proceed to trial, judge says

County administrator salary dispute can proceed to trial, judge says

The judge hearing the lawsuit brought against Okanogan County by Superior Court administrator Dennis Rabidou, who contends that the county commissioners interfered with payment of his full salary, has…
Medical situation causes brief lockdown at Liberty Bell high

Medical situation causes brief lockdown at Liberty Bell high

Liberty Bell High School was placed on lockdown for about 45 minutes on Monday (Jan. 9) because of a medical situation involving a student, according to Methow Valley School District Superintendent Tom Venable.
Steele sworn in as state rep

Steele sworn in as state rep

Mike Steele has been sworn in as a 12th District state representative in the Washington Legislature. Steele, a Republican from Chelan, takes the place of Brad Hawkins, a two-term representative who was elected to fill the 12th District Senate position last November to replace Linda Evans Parlette, who retired. The 12th District’s other representative is...
Methow women mobilizing for march in Washington, D.C.

Methow women mobilizing for march in Washington, D.C.

Motivated by fear and anger, a desire to take action, and above all a need to be heard, scores of women from the Methow Valley will join in marches on Jan. 21 — the day after the presidential inauguration — here at …
County must close 597 miles of roads to ATV traffic

County must close 597 miles of roads to ATV traffic

Okanogan County will have to close 597 miles of roads to all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and do a thorough review of possible environmental impacts before opening any more roads to the vehicles. The ruling is …