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Okanogan County sued over management, compensation

Okanogan County sued over management, compensation

An administrator at Okanogan County Superior Court and the court itself have filed a lawsuit against Okanogan County and all three county commissioners, claiming that the commissioners have interfered with the court’s authority to manage and compensate their staff. Dennis Rabidou, who holds two positions — as Okanogan County’s superior court administrator …
Twisp approves subdivision street variance

Twisp approves subdivision street variance

A variance approved by the Twisp Town Council last week will allow the developer of the Old School House subdivision to build a street that is narrower than required by town ordinance. The six-lot subdivision is located on the former site of the old Allen Elementary School off May Street. The council approved a request to...
Info session on USFS travel management plan

Info session on USFS travel management plan

People interested in understanding proposed changes that would affect where motorized vehicles can travel in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest have an opportunity to learn directly from U.S. Forest Service staff this Friday (June 24). The Forest Service open house is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Okanogan County Public Utility District headquarters in Okanogan....
Comment on post-fire economic recovery

Comment on post-fire economic recovery

Okanogan County residents who have ideas about how the county can continue its economic recovery from the wildfires of 2014 and 2015 can now offer their thoughts on a website: www.okanoganeconomicrecovery.com/get-involved. The website is a project of the North Central Washington Economic Development District, which working on post-fire economic recovery strategies. Feedback from the website...
TranGO’s Methow Valley bus service ready to launch on July 1

TranGO’s Methow Valley bus service ready to launch on July 1

Bus service in the Methow Valley begins July 1, with nine trips daily between Twisp and Winthrop, and four daily trips between Twisp and Pateros and between Twisp and Okanogan. TranGO (Transit for Greater Okanogan) will operate Monday through Saturday with designated stops along fixed routes, as well as “flag stops” in between.
Motorists may have to mosey through Winthrop

Motorists may have to mosey through Winthrop

Thirty-five miles an hour could go the way of the horse and buggy in Winthrop, where some residents and town council members support lowering the municipal speed limit to slow motorists down. The idea of reducing the speed limit to 25 miles per hour throughout Winthrop drew strong support at last week’s council meeting.
Court voids county ATV ordinance, closing roads to the vehicles

Court voids county ATV ordinance, closing roads to the vehicles

Environmental review called ‘superficial’ By Marcy Stamper Okanogan County’s ordinance opening almost 600 miles of roads to wheeled all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) has been invalidated because the county failed to analyze the environmental impacts of allowing ATVs to use these roads, the state Court of Appeals in Spokane ruled last week. In a ruling that the...
County legal notices to run in Methow Valley News starting in July

County legal notices to run in Methow Valley News starting in July

Ads will also run in Oroville Gazette-Tribune The Okanogan County commissioners reaffirmed their decision to award the contract for the official newspaper of record to the Methow Valley News and Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune after meeting with representatives from the two newspapers, who submitted a joint bid, and the Omak Chronicle. After reviewing the bids and...
Community contemplates a revitalized Twisp

Community contemplates a revitalized Twisp

Concepts for revitalizing downtown Twisp were presented to the community for feedback last week during an open house at TwispWorks. Prominent archways at intersections leading to the downtown area, wide sidewalks, pedestrian malls, landscaping, and a traffic roundabout on Highway 20 near Glover Street were among the ideas presented by ...
The final lap

The final lap

Resurfacing Twisp’s public swimming pool will be completed this summer, despite the fact that the town doesn’t currently have funding in hand for the entire project. The Twisp Town Council last week approved moving ahead to finish all of the work needed to resurface the Wagner Memorial Pool in order to repair leaking that has been...