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Canyon Creek Fire controlled; Diamond Creek Fire growing

Canyon Creek Fire controlled; Diamond Creek Fire growing

With the Canyon Creek Fire controlled, and mop-up and rehab of fire lines complete, fire crews and support teams left their Winthrop base on Sunday (July 23). The fire has remained within its 1,200-acre footprint, north and east of Carlton, for the past week.
House of Representatives backs Enloe Dam extension

House of Representatives backs Enloe Dam extension

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill allowing up to six more years for the Okanogan County Public Utility District (PUD) to start construction on Enloe Dam. The bill, introduced by Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-4th District), authorizes the Federal …
Winthrop council decides against flashing signs on White Avenue

Winthrop council decides against flashing signs on White Avenue

Compromise and calls for improved communication dominated last week’s Winthrop Town Council meeting, as council members decided against installing flashing crosswalk signs across White Avenue. The crossing is part of the Susie Stevens Trail. Earlier, the council …
Emergency alert system strives for balance

Emergency alert system strives for balance

At an informational meeting about the Canyon Creek Fire last week, a Carlton-area resident thanked Okanogan County for the alerts sent through its automated system. “It was incredibly helpful — the phone kept ringing till we got the message,” she said.
Project seeks artifacts of Methow Valley’s first inhabitants

Project seeks artifacts of Methow Valley’s first inhabitants

Photo exhibit planned at Interpretive Center in Twisp By Ann McCreary Evidence of the Methow Valley’s earliest inhabitants, such as arrowheads and stone tools, sheds light on who these people were and how they lived. A new research project launched at the Methow Valley Interpretive Center (MVIC) seeks to locate and document Native American artifacts...
AmeriCorps volunteers have built an impressive legacy in Methow Valley

AmeriCorps volunteers have built an impressive legacy in Methow Valley

The Methow Valley would be a different place without the contributions of dozens of vigorous young people working as AmeriCorps volunteers. Over the past half-dozen years, individuals and groups have helped with remodeling and landscaping at TwispWorks, built fences for wildfire survivors, cleared mud deposited by flash floods,
TranGO resumes route over Hwy 20

TranGO resumes route over Hwy 20

TranGO, the Okanogan County public transit system, will resume its Twisp-Okanogan connector route on Thursday (July 20) now that Highway 20 over Loup Loup Pass is once again open to traffic 24 hours a day. The Omak-to-Pateros express route will end Thursday, as will TranGO’s additional fifth run on the Twisp to Pateros route. TranGO had...
Twisp to provide police protection for Winthrop

Twisp to provide police protection for Winthrop

Twisp will provide police protection to Winthrop for another month under a contract approved by both town councils this month. The contract became effective July 12 and runs through Aug. 11. Winthrop has been seeking a new marshal and is in the process of conducting background checks on one applicant for the job. The $25,000...
Twisp breaks ground on new public works building

Twisp breaks ground on new public works building

The Town of Twisp broke ground last week on a new public works building that will house the town’s public works equipment and vehicles, and provide an office for the department. The new facility is being built at the end of Riverside Avenue, adjacent to the town’s wastewater treatment plant.
French Creek Road ... or ‘Private Access Road’? Court to decide

French Creek Road … or ‘Private Access Road’? Court to decide

By Marcy Stamper A struggle over a 7.6-mile stretch of French Creek Road hinges on whether the fact that the road has been consistently used since the early 20th century makes it a public road, or whether the fact that adjoining property owners have gated the road — preventing others from traveling on it — means that it belongs...