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Resistance to electronic WSDOT sign persists in Winthrop

Resistance to electronic WSDOT sign persists in Winthrop

By Don Nelson
The Winthrop Town Council so far appears unwilling to reconsider a decision to allow the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to install an electronic sign at Winthrop’s western border, despite an appeal from the town’s Westernization Architectural …
Property owners file claims against state for losses in Carlton Complex Fire

Property owners file claims against state for losses in Carlton Complex Fire

By Marcy Stamper Attorneys have filed 65 claims against the state of Washington for property lost in the Carlton Complex Fire, charging that the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is responsible for the damage by failing to control the fire. The tort claims for property damages ranging from $1,000 to $2.3 million were filed...
State will take Hwy. 153 property condemnation to court

State will take Hwy. 153 property condemnation to court

By Ann McCreary State transportation officials will take condemnation proceedings to court to acquire property from Patrick Fitzgerald, who lives at the mouth of Benson Creek where flash flooding destroyed a section of Highway 153 last summer. Fitzgerald has objected to the way the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) repaired the highway after intense...
Only two county government offices contested on upcoming ballot

Only two county government offices contested on upcoming ballot

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MVID instream flow project a long time coming

MVID instream flow project a long time coming

By Ann McCreary
With a sense of disbelief, state environmental officials and Methow Valley Irrigation District (MVID) directors came together last week to celebrate the first phase of a project that many thought would never happen.
New owners will make Tice Ranch their home

New owners will make Tice Ranch their home

By Ann McCreary

The new owners of Tice Ranch, Laura and Robert Howson of Twisp, plan to move into the main lodge on the estate within about a month, and will maintain the 305-acre property as a ranch. The Howsons bought the landmark Tice Ranch, located on Highway 20 …

Judge rules Flagg Mountain cabin should be removed

Judge rules Flagg Mountain cabin should be removed

By Don Nelson

Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Chris Culp ruled last Wednesday (Oct. 15) that the so-called “hanging hut” built on Flagg Mountain near Mazama violates property covenants meant to protect views from the valley floor, and that “removal of the hut from its current location …
Bridge repairs close Hwy. 153 again

Bridge repairs close Hwy. 153 again

By Ann McCreary
Under the “what next?” category of events, State Highway 153 is closed — again — to through traffic, this time as a result of a crack in a column that supports the bridge over the Methow River just south of Carlton. Motorists traveling beyond Carlton in …
Tice Ranch purchased by local residents

Tice Ranch purchased by local residents

By Ann McCreary
The landmark Tice Ranch was sold to a local couple – Robert and Laura Howson – in an auction on Thursday (Oct. 16) for $3.108 million. Howson said Friday that the couple plans to live in the main lodge on the 305-acre ranch and …
Watershed moment

Watershed moment

The U.S. and Canada prepare to renegotiate the 50-year-old Columbia River Treaty By Marshall Swearingen High Country News For 16 consecutive days in August, tribal members, environmental activists and others gathered along the banks of the Columbia River, each day a different group at a different location, working upstream from the river’s mouth at the...