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Forum on Monday for District 2 county commission candidates

Forum on Monday for District 2 county commission candidates

The Twisp Valley Grange will host a public forum for candidates seeking the District 2 seat on the Okanogan County Board of Commissioners next Monday (July 11) beginning at 6:30 p.m. All four candidates for the District 2 position — incumbent Ray Campbell, Andy Hover of Winthrop, Ashley Thrasher of Twisp and Stan Kvistad of Okanogan — have indicated...
Projects restore fish habitat on Twisp, Methow rivers

Projects restore fish habitat on Twisp, Methow rivers

Three projects on the Twisp and Methow rivers to restore habitat for threatened and endangered fish — steelhead, spring Chinook and bull trout — get underway this summer. Two projects on the Twisp River will be conducted by the Yakama Nation through its Upper Columbia Habitat Restoration program. One is at the Twisp Ponds just outside of Twisp, and the...
Work continues on Twisp pool repairs

Work continues on Twisp pool repairs

Work on Twisp’s Wagner Memorial Pool is moving forward, and the contractor was preparing to apply a new lining to the pool surface this week. “The repairs are completed and they are prepping the face of the pool,” Andrew Denham, Twisp public works director, said Tuesday (June 28).
Lofty solitude

Lofty solitude

Soaring high over the North Cascades mountains, traveling hundreds of miles in powerless flight, glider pilots enjoyed clear skies and warm temperatures this week during their annual visit to Twisp. Fourteen sleek gliders — also known as sailplanes — and 18 pilots came to the Twisp Municipal Airport for …
County zoning code nearing completion

County zoning code nearing completion

Okanogan County appears to be close to having its first new zoning code in 38 years, now that the county’s planning commissioners have made their final changes to sections regulating nightly rentals and marijuana operations. The commissioners have also …
Lawsuit filed by insurance companies seeks damages related to 2014 Rising Eagle Road Fire

Lawsuit filed by insurance companies seeks damages related to 2014 Rising Eagle Road Fire

Seven insurance companies that paid claims to cover property and vehicle losses in the 2014 Rising Eagle Road Fire have sued a Mazama couple whom they allege caused the fire through their alleged negligence in maintaining a utility trailer. The plaintiffs, who collectively insure 11 property owners, filed …
Farm Bureau charges ROC with campaign violations

Farm Bureau charges ROC with campaign violations

The Okanogan County Farm Bureau has filed a complaint with the state agency that regulates political contributions, charging Represent Okanogan County (ROC) with violating campaign finance laws. But ROC says it restricts its activities to voter education and …
Water rights restrictions likely this summer, state DOE says

Water rights restrictions likely this summer, state DOE says

The runoff forecast for the Methow River for June through September is 75 percent of normal, which means water users with interruptible water rights will likely face restrictions again this summer. Water right holders with interruptible rights in the Methow Valley river basin have been …
Juvenile facility, programs will stay in Okanogan County

Juvenile facility, programs will stay in Okanogan County

Okanogan County will continue to use the local facility in Okanogan to house its juvenile offenders, where they will receive schooling, drug and alcohol counseling, and behavior-management interventions from county staff and community volunteers. The Okanogan County commissioners announced the decision at a public meeting on June 21 after a long fact-finding process …
Still time to support Reddington Project

Still time to support Reddington Project

Thanks to the remarkable generosity of many people, the fundraising drive to support publication of Living With Alzheimer’s: the Don Reddington Project has generated impressive support. The Methow Valley News plans to publish a magazine-style compilation of the eight articles that Don wrote for the newspaper last year about facing Alzheimer’s and its implications, plus an...