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County hopes to resume issuing building permits soon, after several months of delay

County hopes to resume issuing building permits soon, after several months of delay

After a several-month-long hiatus in issuing building permits for houses that depend on a well for water, Okanogan County has started reviewing applications and hopes to begin issuing permits by the end of March. Three dozen building permits have been on hold as the county worked out an approach for complying with …
Bill reintroduced to protect Methow headwaters from mining

Bill reintroduced to protect Methow headwaters from mining

A bill that would permanently withdraw more than 340,000 acres in the headwaters of the Methow River from mining and new mineral exploration was re-introduced in the U.S. Senate last week. Washington senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell reintroduced the Methow Headwaters Protection Act on …
Twisp River channel restoration project proposed by Yakama Nation

Twisp River channel restoration project proposed by Yakama Nation

The Yakama Nation is proposing a restoration project on the Twisp River approximately 9 miles west of Twisp. The primary goals of the Twisp Horseshoe side-channel restoration include increasing connections between main and side channels and improving habitat for steelhead, spring Chinook and bull trout. The project includes installation of large wood structures in the...
Plaintiffs seek ‘quiet title’ to portion of French Creek-Texas Creek Road

Plaintiffs seek ‘quiet title’ to portion of French Creek-Texas Creek Road

Gamble Land & Timber and Cascade Holdings Group have filed a lawsuit charging that Okanogan County claimed 7.66 miles of French Creek-Texas Creek Road in 1955 without any right to the property. The complaint to “quiet title” was filed in Okanogan County Superior Court on March 3.
LBHS students are National History Day winners

LBHS students are National History Day winners

Fifteen students from Liberty Bell High School took one of the top three spots in their category at the regional National History Day competition at Eastern Washington University in Cheney last month. The students competed in a pool of almost 300 students. The winning students will go on to the state competition sponsored by the...
Gaile Bryant-Cannon resigns from Winthrop Town Council

Gaile Bryant-Cannon resigns from Winthrop Town Council

Gaile Bryant-Cannon, the longest-serving member of the Winthrop Town Council, said at last week’s council meeting that she is resigning as of April 1. Bryant-Cannon, 75, cited health concerns as the main reason for her resignation. “I’ve spent a third of my life …
Supporters praise Henning, but former marshal’s firing stands

Supporters praise Henning, but former marshal’s firing stands

Supporters of fired Winthrop Marshal Hal Henning jammed the Winthrop Town Council’s small meeting space last week to praise Henning and protest his dismissal, ask for more information about why it happened, and demand that Mayor Anne Acheson be “fired” or …
Court order requires closure of 600 miles of roads to ATVs

Court order requires closure of 600 miles of roads to ATVs

Okanogan County Commissioner Andy Hover has been talking with all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riders, public land agencies and environmental groups to try to come up with a balanced policy that will satisfy a court order — finalized last week — to consider environmental impacts before …
Mission Project draft commenting extended

Mission Project draft commenting extended

A public comment period has been extended until April 1 on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed Mission Forest Restoration Project. The 30-day extension is due to confusion about the publication date of the legal notice for the first comment period, …
Methow Investment Network links investors, businesses

Methow Investment Network links investors, businesses

The Methow Investment Network, a program to encourage local investment in local businesses, was launched this month by TwispWorks. The program is designed to support Methow Valley businesses by providing an additional means for them to obtain funding to help …