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Water, sewer rate hikes in Twisp’s proposed 2015 budget

Water, sewer rate hikes in Twisp’s proposed 2015 budget

By Ann McCreary

Twisp residents will see an increase in their water and sewer rates in 2015, based on a budget to be considered by the Town Council in a budget hearing next Tuesday (Dec. 9). It’s been two years since the town has increased rates for water and sewer services. In budget...

PUD still working on 2015 budget

PUD still working on 2015 budget

By Marcy Stamper
The Okanogan County Public Utility District (PUD) commissioners are still working on the utility’s budget for 2015. The budget projections include revenues of $59.8 million and expenditures of $44.1 million. The bulk of the revenue comes from electricity sales, with $3 million derived from use of the PUD’s broadband network.
Weed board seeks Methow Valley representative

Weed board seeks Methow Valley representative

The Okanogan County Noxious Weed Control Board is looking for a new member from weed area No. 3, which runs from Mazama to Brewster. Members serve a four-year term. While the state requires control of certain noxious weeds, the weed board makes decisions about which weeds on the optional list should be added to the...
Storm causes widespread power outages through Thanksgiving Day

Storm causes widespread power outages through Thanksgiving Day

By Ann McCreary
Widespread, scattered power outages that began on Nov. 25 due to wet, heavy snow kept utility crews working throughout the Thanksgiving holiday last week and left many people without power for more than two days.
Co-op, PUD crews work to restore power in many areas

Co-op, PUD crews work to restore power in many areas

By Ann McCreary and Marcy Stamper
Utility crews are working throughout the county today (Nov. 26) to restore electricity after heavy wet snow dropped trees and branches on power lines and caused widespread power outages. About 1,000 Okanogan County Electric …
Ken Bevis turns his ‘snag patch’ into wildlife habitat

Ken Bevis turns his ‘snag patch’ into wildlife habitat

By Ann McCreary
After the Rising Eagle Road Fire raged across his property last August, leaving the house intact but surrounded by stands of charred pine trees, Ken Bevis decided to make lemonade out of lemons — or wildlife habitat out of burned trees,
Christmas at the End of the Road fills up the weekend

Christmas at the End of the Road fills up the weekend

The annual Christmas at the End of the Road festivities take over Winthrop this weekend with two days of family-oriented events. And it’s all free. The events begin on Friday (Nov. 28) with storytelling by Granny Winthrop (Georgia Sanders) at …
Winthrop ice rink project gets a $75,000 boost

Winthrop ice rink project gets a $75,000 boost

By Don Nelson
The Winthrop Ice & Sports Rink (WISR) got a big boost in its fundraising campaign to help pay for ice refrigeration equipment and other improvements at the Winthrop Town Council meeting last week. The council agreed to …
Snow slides close North Cascades Hwy. for winter

Snow slides close North Cascades Hwy. for winter

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) said Monday (Nov. 24) that the North Cascades Highway is closed for the winter. WSDOT temporarily closed Highway 20  at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday (Nov. 23) due to heavy snowfall and a snow slide in the Liberty Bell zone east of Washington Pass. After Monday’s assessment by maintenance...
Burned bear transferred to Idaho to spend winter

Burned bear transferred to Idaho to spend winter

By Ann McCreary
Almost four months after she was discovered on French Creek, limping on badly burned paws, Cinder the bear has returned to the Northwest and will spend the winter at an Idaho rehabilitation center before …