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Low-power radio station KFAC-FM takes to the air in Twisp

Low-power radio station KFAC-FM takes to the air in Twisp

The Methow Valley has a new radio station featuring music — as much as possible by local artists — and informational programming of particular interest to veterans. After years of volunteer labor and thousands of dollars, KFAC, the low-power radio station of the American Legion Post in Twisp, is on the air at 105.5 FM. Tristan Gilbert, the ...
Information open house on proposed grizzly bear recovery

Information open house on proposed grizzly bear recovery

An informational open house about proposals for grizzly bear recovery in the North Cascades will be held next Wednesday (Feb. 15) in the Winthrop Barn from 6-8 p.m., and a webinar on grizzly recovery is scheduled for Tuesday (Feb. 14) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Hosted by the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife...
Ballots due for special election

Ballots due for special election

Ballots for the Feb. 14 special election to decide if the Town of Winthrop will be annexed to Okanogan Fire District 6 must be postmarked or delivered to a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on election day. If you have not received your ballot, call the auditor’s office at (509) 422-7240. The auditor’s office,...
Citizens take concerns to Newhouse’s staff

Citizens take concerns to Newhouse’s staff

More than 140 people from throughout Okanogan County congregated at Omak City Hall on Monday (Feb. 6) to request a meeting with their representative in Congress, Dan Newhouse, and share concerns about the direction of national politics. Newhouse, a Republican from Sunnyside representing the 4th Congressional District, was not there, but was represented by staff members...
Maycumber replaces Short in 7th District house seat

Maycumber replaces Short in 7th District house seat

Okanogan County commissioners joined their colleagues from the four other counties in Washington’s 7th legislative district in selecting Republican Jacquelin Maycumber to replace Shelly Short in the state House of Representatives. Maycumber was a long-time legislative assistant to Short, whom the commissioners chose last week to fill the Senate seat being vacated ...
Legislators push bills to clarify water rights

Legislators push bills to clarify water rights

Washington legislators have introduced a flurry of bills to address a situation created by a state Supreme Court ruling that has put the construction of many new houses on hold until people can prove they have the water to supply the homes. The October ruling by the high court requires …
Room One will host benefit to support family planning services

Room One will host benefit to support family planning services

Family planning services across the country are facing likely budget cuts under the new Trump administration, and that could have repercussions in Okanogan County, which has the third-highest teen pregnancy rate in Washington. The looming prospect of funding cuts …
USFS issues draft environmental assessment for Mission project

USFS issues draft environmental assessment for Mission project

A draft Environmental Assessment (EA) has been released by the U.S. Forest Service for the Mission Restoration Project, which proposes thinning, prescribed burning, soil treatments and changes to roads on 50,200 acres of national forest land in …
Twisp looks for new public works director after Denham resigns

Twisp looks for new public works director after Denham resigns

The Town of Twisp is advertising for a new public works director to replace Andrew Denham, who resigned from the job effective Jan. 31. Denham, who lives with his wife in Conconully, said the hour-plus commute to his work in Twisp had become too difficult, particularly in …
LBHS on advanced placement honor roll

LBHS on advanced placement honor roll

The Methow Valley School District has been placed on the honor roll for student performance in advanced-placement classes, one of only six districts in the state to receive the honor. This is the seventh time that the College Board, the organization that oversees advanced-placement (AP) classes and exams, has created a list of top schools — and...