Today is Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016

NEWS
West Nile virus infects three horses in Okanogan County

West Nile virus infects three horses in Okanogan County

Three horses have been diagnosed with West Nile virus in Okanogan County since the beginning of September. The prognosis for one horse was very good, but the other two have been euthanized, according to Okanogan County Public Health. None of the horses had been vaccinated against the virus. All three horses were reported to have...
Fall prescribed burning projects to start this month

Fall prescribed burning projects to start this month

Starting this month, fire managers on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (OWNF) will begin prescribed fire projects with the goal of improving forest health and improving public safety. Nearly 8,000 acres are planned for prescribed fire this fall, which includes 2,541 acres in the Methow Ranger District, according to a news release from OWNF. Fewer acres...
Okanogan County proposes new ordinance to guide land-use process

Okanogan County proposes new ordinance to guide land-use process

Okanogan County is proposing a new ordinance that would consolidate application, review and approval procedures for land-use and development projects. The ordinance would cover projects such as subdivisions, development near shorelines, and polices like the comprehensive…
Second phase of post-fire rebuilding in full swing

Second phase of post-fire rebuilding in full swing

A $275,000 contribution from an anonymous donor who saw TV news reports about the devastation of two summers of wildfires in Okanogan County was the windfall the county’s recovery group needed to start construction on all 15 homes in its second phase of rebuilding. The donor had made a smaller contribution in the past but …...
ATV issue rolls back onto streets of Winthrop

ATV issue rolls back onto streets of Winthrop

Okanogan County Commissioner Jim DeTro’s recent recreational all-terrain vehicle trip from Conconully to Winthrop with a bunch of friends has sparked renewed debate over how the town of Winthrop views ATVs. Although apparently in violation of the town’s…
County asks state’s high court to hear ATV case

County asks state’s high court to hear ATV case

Plaintiffs cite potential environmental damage to miles of local roads By Marcy Stamper Okanogan County is petitioning the state Supreme Court to hear a case about ATVs’ access to 600 miles of county roads, saying the environmental groups that filed the original lawsuit have not shown they suffered actual harm from the county’s decision to...
WSDOT to Winthrop: lower speed limits won’t work without more enforcement

WSDOT to Winthrop: lower speed limits won’t work without more enforcement

Reducing the speed limit on parts of Highway 20 through Winthrop won’t necessarily slow drivers down without increased enforcement, a Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) representative told the Town Council last week. The town had earlier asked WSDOT to consider …
WSDOT scales back pedestrian ramps at Winthrop’s four-way stop

WSDOT scales back pedestrian ramps at Winthrop’s four-way stop

The “bulbs” are gone from revised designs for pedestrian ramps at each corner of the four-way stop in downtown Winthrop, after town officials asked the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to reconsider its original plans. At last week’s Winthrop Town Council …
Pumpkin Festival outgrows its patch

Pumpkin Festival outgrows its patch

After six years of hosting the Pumpkin Festival at the Walker Windmill Farm, Gary and Patty Walker are taking a break this year. With the growing popularity of the community event, the festival has outgrown their resources. Sitting under the shade trees in the midst of their…
Winthrop puts an end to ‘Christmas at the End of the Road’ (the name, not the event)

Winthrop puts an end to ‘Christmas at the End of the Road’ (the name, not the event)

The annual Winthrop celebration that for years has been known as “Christmas at the End of the Road” will have a new name and a bright new look this year. At last week’s meeting of the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the event the weekend after Thanksgiving …