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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 …
Big slate of public works projects in Twisp this year

Big slate of public works projects in Twisp this year

Twisp residents can expect to see lots of construction in town in 2017, including street and sidewalk improvement work and water line replacement projects. Among the work expected next year is a street and sidewalk improvement project that will include …
County adopts new water availability ordinance

County adopts new water availability ordinance

The county planning director will determine whether there is adequate, legal water available as part of the process of obtaining a new building permit in Okanogan County, commissioners decided last week. Grappling with a Supreme Court decision that said counties, not …
Commissioners adopt reduced speed on Gold Creek Loop Road

Commissioners adopt reduced speed on Gold Creek Loop Road

In keeping with the majority of public opinion, Okanogan County commissioners decided to maintain the posted speed limit on the West Chewuch Road at 50 miles per hour (mph), except for the last 1.47 miles, where it will drop to 35 mph. On Gold Creek Loop Road the posted speed will be reduced from …