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Trails riders encounter wolf near Mazama

Trails riders encounter wolf near Mazama

A couple on horseback near Mazama, accompanied by their off-leash dog, recently encountered a wolf that bit the dog, according to a state wildlife official. The couple were trail riding near Mazama in late April when they spotted an animal in the woods, according to Donny Martorello, wolf policy lead for the Washington Department of...
Commissioners extend moratorium on new marijuana operations

Commissioners extend moratorium on new marijuana operations

The Okanogan County commissioners have extended a moratorium on new marijuana operations through the end of June to prevent people from getting in under current rules. The commissioners are considering stricter controls in a new zoning code that is under review. The resolution, adopted on May 3, states that …
PUD commission unanimously agrees to restart Enloe Dam

PUD commission unanimously agrees to restart Enloe Dam

After reviewing proposals to restart or remove Enloe Dam, the Okanogan County Public Utility District board voted unanimously Monday (May 9) to restart the dam to generate power. The board heard testimony for both removal and electrification before voting to restart Enloe Dam. The board directed staff to work with …
Okanogan County planners nearer to zoning code completion

Okanogan County planners nearer to zoning code completion

The Okanogan County planning commissioners seemed satisfied with changes currently proposed for the county’s zoning, with most suggestions at their meeting on May 2 focused on how to handle nightly rental. They also made some changes to boundaries of the zones on maps for the entire county. The commissioners have recommended …
Address problem delays Winthrop Town Council member’s swearing-in

Address problem delays Winthrop Town Council member’s swearing-in

Newly appointed Winthrop Town Council member Kellen Northcott will have to wait a few weeks to be sworn into office because technically he is not a resident of the town. Northcott told the council last week that when he moved back to the Methow Valley, as a practical matter he listed his parents’ address in Twisp...
Discussion of proposed Westernization code update draws an attentive crowd in Winthrop

Discussion of proposed Westernization code update draws an attentive crowd in Winthrop

A proposed update of Winthrop’s Westernization code got its first meaningful public airing Monday night (May 9), and faced some sharp questioning by many of the 20 or so people who attended. Members of the Westernization Design Review Board, the volunteer group …
Record high temperatures cause major runoff in NW

Record high temperatures cause major runoff in NW

April produced record high temperatures throughout the entire Pacific Northwest, causing much of the remaining snowpack to melt and run off, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Over 80 percent of all SNOTEL (snowpack measurement) sites with at least 15 years of data set new melt rate records for April …
Cantwell hears local officials, responders on wildfires

Cantwell hears local officials, responders on wildfires

Practical, political issues aired in Okanogan County meeting By Ann McCreary Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) came to Okanogan County last weekend to hear what local people think the county needs to fight future wildfires, and left with plenty to consider as she prepares wildfire management legislation. Faster and more effective initial attacks when wildfires ignite;...
Regular Methow Valley bus service begins on July 1

Regular Methow Valley bus service begins on July 1

Hourly bus service by TranGO connecting Twisp and Winthrop will begin July 1, providing nine trips a day between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays. TranGO (Transit for Greater Okanogan) will also offer four trips a day between the Methow Valley and Okanogan and Pateros, said Kelly Scalf, chief executive officer for the transit...
Firearms training focuses on safety

Firearms training focuses on safety

One woman wanted to learn how to use a firearm because she was moving into town and said it would make her feel safer. But another signed up so she would feel less vulnerable at a remote cabin she owns — when she’s in town, she said her neighbors make her feel secure. While people’s individual circumstances …...