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New hearing, comment period for headwaters mining restrictions

New hearing, comment period for headwaters mining restrictions

A new public comment period and a public meeting are planned for a proposal to withdraw more than 340,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land in the upper Methow Valley from future mining. The dates are not yet set, but the comment period is expected to end in …
Winthrop Town Council schedules special workshop for May 17

Winthrop Town Council schedules special workshop for May 17

The Winthrop Town Council will meet in a special workshop to discuss issues facing the town, and possible approaches to solving them, on May 17 beginning at 5 p.m. in the Hen House room at the Winthrop Barn. The workshop, which will precede the regular 7 p.m. council meeting, is open to the public. Topics...
Calls for calm at Winthrop Town Council meeting

Calls for calm at Winthrop Town Council meeting

The aftershocks of Winthrop Mayor Anne Acheson’s firing of Marshal Hal Henning continued to rumble through last week’s town council meeting, even though the issue wasn’t specifically on the agenda. Acheson fired Henning on Feb. 22, setting off a spirited …
Mid-May goal for Highway 20 repairs over the Loup

Mid-May goal for Highway 20 repairs over the Loup

Highway 20 over Loup Loup Pass is expected to remain closed until at least mid-May, while contractors repair damage from erosion and mudslides that forced the closure of a 16-mile stretch of the highway earlier this month. On Highway 20 over the North Cascades ...
Newhouse will reschedule listening session in Okanogan County

Newhouse will reschedule listening session in Okanogan County

By Marcy Stamper Rep. Dan Newhouse was not able to attend a listening session in Brewster scheduled for last week because of complications in treatment his wife, Carol, is receiving for cancer. “There have been recent complications, but we remain hopeful as Carol receives care to regain her strength. I need to be with my...
Contractor mishap left Methow Valley, Malott without power

Contractor mishap left Methow Valley, Malott without power

The Methow Valley and Malott lost power for a little more than an hour on Friday afternoon (April 21) when a contractor working for the town of Twisp hit part of the powerline near the Twisp substation. It was not clear if the contractors, who were working about …
PUD seeks streamlined contracting process to design, build Enloe Dam

PUD seeks streamlined contracting process to design, build Enloe Dam

A state panel is reviewing an application this Thursday (April 27) that would allow the Okanogan County Public Utility District (PUD) to work with a single team in a design/build process for Enloe Dam, instead of requiring the standard design/bid/build process.
Nelson appointed to Winthrop Town Council

Nelson appointed to Winthrop Town Council

Ben Nelson, co-owner of Riverside Printing and the Rendezvous Huts, has been chosen to fill a vacant seat on the Winthrop Town Council. He replaces Gaile Bryant-Cannon, who resigned recently after 25 years on the council. Nelson was selected by other council members at the council’s April 19 meeting. Nelson had applied for an earlier...
Winthrop council again hears about speeding concerns on Hwy 20

Winthrop council again hears about speeding concerns on Hwy 20

A Winthrop business owner has renewed her plea that the Town Council enforce speed limits on Highway 20 within the town limits because speeding motorists continue to create dangerous conditions for pedestrians, bicyclists and other drivers.
Cantwell urges restoration of wildfire management funds

Cantwell urges restoration of wildfire management funds

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-WA.,  has called on President Donald Trump to restore $600 million that would be cut from wildfire management in the president’s proposed budget. In a letter to Trump, Cantwell called on Trump to “heed current science to guide your policy decisions around addressing wildfires.” Cantwell, ranking member of the Senate Energy and...