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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...
Winthrop, Fire District 6 residents to decide annexation proposal on Feb. 14

Winthrop, Fire District 6 residents to decide annexation proposal on Feb. 14

Other than an increase in their total property tax bills beginning in 2018, Winthrop residents won’t see many changes in fire protection if they support a proposal on the Feb. 14 special election ballot that would annex the town into Okanogan County Fire District 6.
Liberty Bell incident puts spotlight on emergency response planning

Liberty Bell incident puts spotlight on emergency response planning

Methow Valley School District staff were already updating an emergency response plan when a frightening and unprecedented situation involving a student erupted in early January at Liberty Bell High School. The situation was handled by paramedics from Aero Methow Rescue Service, who …
North Cascades snowpack readings holding steady; dry spell forecast

North Cascades snowpack readings holding steady; dry spell forecast

Despite dumping plentiful snow on valley floors, recent storms haven’t boosted the snowpack in local mountains as much as people might expect. “Even though we’re getting really good valley snow, it’s disproportionate to …
Frozen water lines getting an icy reception in Winthrop

Frozen water lines getting an icy reception in Winthrop

Frozen service lines have left at least a dozen homes and businesses in Winthrop without water since the recent sub-zero temperatures, but there is little the town can do to restore water service before the frozen ground begins to thaw. That’s cold comfort to residents who …
County commissioners want more info before closing roads

County commissioners want more info before closing roads

The Okanogan County commissioners vacated three roads that have no trace on the ground, but want more information about eight other roads before they decide whether they are part of the county road system. After a three-hour public hearing on Monday (Jan. 23) on 11 roads …