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Twisp River fish habitat restoration project will be completed next year

Twisp River fish habitat restoration project will be completed next year

A fish habitat restoration project about 10 miles up the Twisp River will continue next summer after crews ran out of time to complete work in the river last month. The Newby Narrows Fish Habitat Enhancement Project was expected to be completed this summer, but crews were unable to finish work during the short time frame...
Conservation groups sue county over newly adopted zoning code

Conservation groups sue county over newly adopted zoning code

Okanogan County’s new zoning code — the first complete update in 38 years — has been challenged in court by two conservation groups who argue that the code fails to protect the county’s natural resources, in particular its water and farmland. The lawsuit also asserts that the county did not take into account the potential impacts of wildfire in allowing...
State appeals court declines to reconsider ATV decision

State appeals court declines to reconsider ATV decision

Okanogan County’s environmental analysis of the impact of allowing all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to use almost 600 miles of county roads will not get a re-hearing by the state Court of Appeals, which last week declined the county’s request to reconsider its June ruling. The court also rejected a request by the plaintiffs, the Methow Valley Citizens’...
Uneasy riders

Uneasy riders

summer the North Cascades Scenic Highway attracts thousands of motorcycle riders who travel the route to enjoy the highway’s spectacular views, sweeping curves and tight turns. Highway 20 is frequently called one of the “premier rides” on websites describing popular motorcycle routes in Washington state, and many riders heading east make the Methow Valley their destination. ...
State audit highlights timing issues in fire-recovery funding

State audit highlights timing issues in fire-recovery funding

State and local conservation districts that assist property owners with recovery after a wildfire or other disaster sometimes struggle to get projects approved and completed before funding expires. In fact, sometimes they have only a few months to get everything completed. The districts also face limitations because state law requires that only a fraction of the...
Hover, Thrasher advance to general election in District 2 race

Hover, Thrasher advance to general election in District 2 race

Okanogan County citizens will have at least one new representative on the county board of commissioners after strong showings by challengers Andy Hover and Ashley Thrasher, who elbowed out incumbent Commissioner Ray Campbell in the Aug. 2 primary. With all but a handful of ballots counted on Monday (Aug. 8), Hover had 40 percent of the...
Winthrop agrees to salary increases for police officers

Winthrop agrees to salary increases for police officers

The Winthrop Town Council has agreed to pay raises for the town’s marshal and deputies to help recruit better candidates for its police positions. At last week’s meeting, the council adopted a revised pay schedule proposed by Marshal Hal Henning. The salary figures in the proposal approved last week were less than those in an earlier...
One of two Three Rivers Hospital district levies headed for approval

One of two Three Rivers Hospital district levies headed for approval

Voters are supporting one of two Hospital District 1 (Three Rivers Hospital) tax levy proposals on the primary election ballot. A permanent levy lid lift looks headed for a win, but a one-year special levy proposal that requires supermajority approval seems destined for defeat. The hospital district includes the Methow Valley and portions of Okanogan and...
Confederated Tribes express concerns about proposed Flagg Mountain copper mining

Confederated Tribes express concerns about proposed Flagg Mountain copper mining

Members of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation have expressed concern about the potential for future mining in the upper Methow Valley, and the harm it could cause natural resources, as well as the tribes’ cultural and spiritual connections to that land. Tribal members brought those concerns to a meeting last week with U.S. Forest...
Winthrop business owners ask for review of crosswalk plan

Winthrop business owners ask for review of crosswalk plan

Downtown business owners are asking the Winthrop Town Council to revisit a Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) plan for revising crosswalks and pedestrian approaches at the four-way stop on Riverside Avenue. The planned revisions are part of a WSDOT project to repave about 2 miles of state Highway 20 — known as Riverside Avenue in downtown Winthrop — in...