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No penalties to change status for land damaged by fire, flood

No penalties to change status for land damaged by fire, flood

Property owners who own land within the Carlton Complex or the Rising Eagle Road fire areas that is in any of the county’s open-space property tax classifications can request to have their property removed from the classification without paying the additional tax, interest and penalty normally associated with removal. Property owners must make the request...
Chapter 5: Is it more than ‘just getting old’? Diagnosis and acceptance of Alzheimer’s

Chapter 5: Is it more than ‘just getting old’? Diagnosis and acceptance of Alzheimer’s

Forgetfulness can be a normal part of aging. As people get older, changes occur in all parts of the body, including the brain. As a result, you may notice that it takes longer to learn new things; you don’t remember information as well as you once did; or you can’t remember where you put things,...
County seeks more time to work on zoning; seeks public comment

County seeks more time to work on zoning; seeks public comment

At 178 pages, the county’s zoning code is not an easy read, but it is a vital piece of planning for the county’s future – in essence, the literal plans for growth on the ground. The zoning code puts the philosophical underpinning of the county’s new comprehensive plan into effect in particular neighborhoods and on...
Initial training for Twisp CERT team completed

Initial training for Twisp CERT team completed

Nineteen people participated in a three-day Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) training conducted by Twisp Police Chief Paul Budrow on May 29, 30 and 31. It was the first in a series of trainings that will lead to the eventual formation of a Twisp CERT team, according to Budrow. “At this point [in the process],...
Questions about ATV routes, access remain unresolved

Questions about ATV routes, access remain unresolved

As all-terrain vehicle (ATV) enthusiasts seek more places to ride, and conservation organizations try to protect fragile lands, the groups continue to cut each other off at the pass. The latest volleys are over county roads in the Methow Valley and proposed ATV routes in the national forest. The North Central ATV Club has asked...
Mazama Corral plan to add parking and more at trailhead

Mazama Corral plan to add parking and more at trailhead

It’s more than a parking lot. The Mazama Corral parking expansion now underway, spearheaded by Methow Trails, is also meant to provide year-round amenities for skiers, hikers, cyclists and horse riders. In addition to 133 parking spaces in what will be a gravel lot, the Mazama Corral plan calls for a warming hut, restroom facilities,...
Friends of Wagner Pool raising funds for resurfacing

Friends of Wagner Pool raising funds for resurfacing

On Saturday a Methow Valley summer tradition begins — the Wagner Memorial Pool will open for the season, providing lessons, aerobics and lap swim, swim meets and a cool retreat for kids and adults from the heat of the valley summer. Supporting this “community treasure” is a dedicated group of local volunteers called Friends of the Pool,...
Co-op rates won’t change for most customers

Co-op rates won’t change for most customers

Electric rates aren’t expected to change significantly for Okanogan County Electric Cooperative (OCEC) customers, based on a recently completed study of the cost of delivering service. The study found that OCEC won’t need additional revenue during the next two years, based on the expected price increase for power it purchases from Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).
District 6 rejects bids for new fire hall, considers options

District 6 rejects bids for new fire hall, considers options

Okanogan County Fire District 6 commissioners have rejected three bids received last month for construction of a proposed new fire station in Winthrop. “They are all over our budget,” said Commissioner Darold Brandenburg Monday (June 8) at the fire commission meeting. The district and the architect who designed the station had estimated the station could...
Fire destroys mobile home in Twisp

Fire destroys mobile home in Twisp

An early morning fire on Monday (June 8) destroyed a mobile home at River’s Edge Mobile Home Park in Twisp, as well as a car and boat parked next to the mobile home. Firefighters from Okanogan County Fire District 6 responded to a call at about 1 a.m. and arrived at the trailer park to...