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Winthrop residents will vote on annexation to Okanogan Fire District 6

Winthrop residents will vote on annexation to Okanogan Fire District 6

Residents of Winthrop and Okanogan County Fire District 6 will vote on whether to annex the town into the district at a special election on Feb. 14, 2017. The Winthrop Town Council approved a pre-annexation agreement at its meeting last week …
County adopts emergency rule to deal with development restrictions

County adopts emergency rule to deal with development restrictions

High court ruling shifts water adequacy burden to county By Marcy Stamper The Okanogan County commissioners have adopted an emergency ordinance to address a state Supreme Court ruling that halts new development without proof of water. The emergency ordinance establishes a new process for reviewing building applications following the October high court decision, which requires...
Okanogan County joins search for missing PCT hiker

Okanogan County joins search for missing PCT hiker

Okanogan County has joined a search for a Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) through-hiker who has been missing for almost a month. Kris Fowler, age 34, was last seen near Packwood in the White Pass/Mount Rainier area on Oct. 12, according to …
Affordable housing plan taking shape

Affordable housing plan taking shape

A new nonprofit is being launched with the goal of creating 15 new units of affordable housing in the Methow Valley in the next two or three years. Over the next 20 years, the group hopes to build or convert a total of 100 affordable units, both for rent and for sale.
TranGO ridership tops 1,300 in first three months

TranGO ridership tops 1,300 in first three months

During the first three months of operation in the Methow Valley, TranGO, the new public bus service, counted 1,304 passengers on its buses. TranGO began providing bus service on to the Methow Valley on …
County mulls options for promoting tourism

County mulls options for promoting tourism

The Okanogan County commissioners and a committee that oversees tourism promotions recently heard two proposals for marketing the county as a travel destination: from the Okanogan County Tourism Council (OCTC) …
County reviewing development plan in light of recent court decision

County reviewing development plan in light of recent court decision

The Okanogan County commissioners are reviewing a revised version of a new ordinance that would consolidate procedures for land use and development, including countywide policies like the comprehensive plan, zoning and subdivisions.
Tone of presidential campaign leaves local students disappointed

Tone of presidential campaign leaves local students disappointed

But voting, attention to major issues are important, they say Editor’s note: Liberty Bell High School junior Cece Odell, who will be doing an internship in journalism next semester, worked on this article with Methow Valley News reporter Marcy Stamper. Odell came up with questions for her classmates, conducted interviews and wrote a draft of...
Open house will review Twisp revitalization ideas

Open house will review Twisp revitalization ideas

Plans for creating a more inviting downtown corridor and constructing a new civic building in Twisp will be presented to the community on Wednesday (Nov. 9) at an open house in the Methow Valley Community Center at 6 p.m.
An inside look at Twisp’s sewers

An inside look at Twisp’s sewers

A video camera mounted on wheels was lowered into a manhole in Twisp recently and took a trip through a town sewer pipe. The camera transmitted images to a screen above ground, where an operator used a joystick …