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Questions raised about District 6 agreement with Waller

Questions raised about District 6 agreement with Waller

Citizens at a packed Okanogan Fire District 6 commission meeting Monday (Jan. 11) questioned a paid leave agreement for Fire Chief Don Waller that was approved last month by district commissioners. In response to questions, commissioners said the employment agreement that …
Winthrop accepts gift of fully developed downtown park

Winthrop accepts gift of fully developed downtown park

Area will occupy current site of Arrowleaf Bistro restaurant By Don Nelson A new, privately financed downtown park with access to the Chewuch River will offer an open-space alternative to boardwalk strolling in Winthrop sometime next year. At its meeting last week, the Winthrop Town Council approved a proposal by Jim and Gaye Pigott, owners...
Winthrop begins reviewing marshal’s office applicants

Winthrop begins reviewing marshal’s office applicants

By Don Nelson The Town of Winthrop’s civil service commission has begun to interview candidates for two police officer vacancies in the marshal’s office, Mayor Sue Langdalen told the town council last week. Currently the town has no officers. Acting Marshal Ken Bajema recently resigned. The marshal’s office has had three full-time officers in the...
2015 was a busy year for Fire District 6

2015 was a busy year for Fire District 6

Last year was the second-busiest year in terms of calls to Okanogan County Fire District 6, surpassed only by 2014 when the Carlton Complex Fire occurred. District 6, which serves Carlton to Lost River, responded to 284 calls, of which 140 were for fires. The previous year the district responded to more than 300 total...
Warmer weather melting Twisp River ice dam that threatened to flood town

Warmer weather melting Twisp River ice dam that threatened to flood town

Two large ice dams that blocked sections of the Twisp River last week created concerns about potential flooding in Twisp, particularly at the River’s Edge Mobile Home Park, until the dams broke open on their own over the weekend.
Judge to rule in comp plan case after county, plaintiffs can’t agree

Judge to rule in comp plan case after county, plaintiffs can’t agree

By Marcy Stamper After Okanogan County rejected a judge’s suggestion of using a year-long extension to resolve a lawsuit over the county’s comprehensive plan, lawyers for the county and the two environmental groups that appealed the plan will each have to propose a resolution by this Friday (Jan. 15). Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Christopher...
Register now to vote on school levies in February

Register now to vote on school levies in February

Anyone who lives in the Methow Valley School District who wants to vote on two replacement levies for the district – but who isn’t currently registered to vote – has until Monday (Jan. 11) to register online or by mail. That is also the deadline for updating an existing registration if an address or name...
County, state to discuss fire plan, forest thinning

County, state to discuss fire plan, forest thinning

Okanogan County Emergency Management and the Washington Department of Natural Resources are holding the next meeting about the National Fire Plan, which helps with fuels reduction and thinning in the county, later this month. The main topics to be covered include selection of new areas for fuels reduction for which they will apply for funding,...
No penalties to change tax status for local lands damaged by wildfires, county says

No penalties to change tax status for local lands damaged by wildfires, county says

Property owners who own land within the Okanogan Complex Fire boundary – including the Twisp River Fire — 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 to...
Abundant snow a holiday gift to valley’s economy

Abundant snow a holiday gift to valley’s economy

Gifted with an abundance of snow over the holidays, the Methow Valley welcomed an influx of visitors who provided a seasonal boost to the local economy and morale. “It was that kind of holiday season where we had fabulous snow, the conditions were divine,” said Brian Charlton, manager of Sun Mountain Lodge.