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Attacks, insults prohibited under new Twisp council commenting policy

Attacks, insults prohibited under new Twisp council commenting policy

People who want to speak during the public comment period at Twisp Town Council meetings will have to adhere to a new policy that prohibits personal verbal attacks or insults. Mayor Soo Ing-Moody said she established the policy after a citizen “was verbally abusive and insulting to the council” during public …
Ad hoc committee to review Winthrop’s Westernization code

Ad hoc committee to review Winthrop’s Westernization code

With a few minor changes, the Winthrop Town Council has endorsed a recommendation by the Planning Commission to form a committee that will review the Westernization ordinance’s regulations for solar arrays in the W-3 zone. The council decided to reduce the size of the ad hoc committee out of concern that it might …
Town, Auditorium Association still at stalemate over new barn contract

Town, Auditorium Association still at stalemate over new barn contract

The Winthrop Auditorium Association is continuing to oversee operations of the “Red Barn” as the association and the Town of Winthrop, which owns the facility, are still seeking agreement on a new contract. In January, the auditorium association’s board of directors proposed a new five-year agreement to continue operating the popular building …
Water-storage pilot project proposed for Twin Lakes

Water-storage pilot project proposed for Twin Lakes

Water managers and irrigators are exploring a pilot project that would raise water levels in Big and Little Twin Lakes and donate part of a water right to increase flows in the Methow River. If the project proved successful, it could allow new out-of-stream uses from October through March when water isn’t used for irrigation. Those...
Candidate filings have closed for primary elections

Candidate filings have closed for primary elections

Filings have closed for the Aug. 7 primary elections for state and local offices. In Okanogan County, at least three county positions will be filled by newcomers. Sheriff Frank Rogers said earlier that he was retiring. Six people have filed for the position: Michael Blake of Okanogan (prefers Republican); Kevin Newport of Omak (prefers Republican);...
Rivers still high, but flood threat lessens

Rivers still high, but flood threat lessens

Emergency managers are breathing a sigh of relief with predictions for area river levels to crest 2 feet below the forecasts from less than a week ago. Expectations for rapid melting of the mountain snowpack — still at 95 percent of normal — have been revised to a gradual melt-off, Eric Fritts, …
DNR revises timber-thinning plan for Virginia Ridge sale

DNR revises timber-thinning plan for Virginia Ridge sale

Because of the record volume of comments, the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has revised a forest treatment for Virginia Ridge and postponed the timber sale until next year. It’s important to coordinate forest health treatments and timber sales with the local communities, particularly as the agency launches…
A forest health prescription

A forest health prescription

The U.S. Forest Service truck shuddered over the dirt road as Sara Billings, fuels assistant fire management officer at the Methow Valley Ranger District, drove up into the Okanogan/Wenatchee National Forest outside of Winthrop last week. She was visiting a prescribed burn that was underway in …
End of the Twisp cattle drive

End of the Twisp cattle drive

The lowing of cows and their calves and the clatter of hooves on pavement have been a spring ritual in the Methow for more than 100 years. But this year the streets were silent at daybreak on the Sunday in early May when hundreds of cattle would normally have been herded through Twisp on their...
County gets $1.37 million in federal forest funds for local roads and schools

County gets $1.37 million in federal forest funds for local roads and schools

Okanogan County received $1.37 million in federal forest funds this week — half for the county road fund and half to be split among the eight school districts in the county. Getting almost half a million dollars is a welcome change after last year, when the county received only $180,000 — $90,000 for each program...