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FEMA says ‘no’ – again – to individual disaster assistance

FEMA says ‘no’ – again – to individual disaster assistance

By Marcy Stamper
Finding that “the impact to individuals and households from this event [the wildfire] was not of the severity or magnitude to warrant the designation,” the federal administrator for disaster …
State seeks private property condemnation to continue Highway 153 flood repairs

State seeks private property condemnation to continue Highway 153 flood repairs

By Ann McCreary With negotiations at an impasse, state transportation officials are planning to use eminent domain to acquire property from a landowner near Benson Creek in order to repair flood damage on Highway 153. Repairs to other sections of Highway 153, damaged by mudslides during severe rainstorms on Aug. 21, are mostly complete, said...
Disaster case managers help with winter housing, emergency funds

Disaster case managers help with winter housing, emergency funds

By Marcy Stamper
The new local disaster case manager for fire survivors has already worked with about 20 people and households — many who lost everything in the fire — and said she is encouraged about meeting people’s winter housing needs. “So far, I’m really …
Commissioners adopt changes on land use applications, appeals

Commissioners adopt changes on land use applications, appeals

The Okanogan County commissioners have adopted six ordinances amending the county code that affect the duties of the hearing examiner, the review process for land-use applications and countywide policies like the comprehensive plan, and appeals of these decisions. The board approved the changes on Monday (Sept. 29). The amendments also mean that only a decision...
New rain gauges will give early flood warnings

New rain gauges will give early flood warnings

By Ann McCreary
New rain gauges are being installed within the Carlton Complex Fire boundaries to provide an early warning system for flash floods. Approximately 15 rain gauges will be placed throughout the …
Lincoln Street project adds sidewalks, repaving in Twisp

Lincoln Street project adds sidewalks, repaving in Twisp

By Ann McCreary
Negotiating the trip to Twisp’s municipal park and pool will be safer and more convenient following completion of a sidewalk and road construction project that is in progress. It has been common to see pedestrians, including children, walking down the middle …
Water rights changes challenged

Water rights changes challenged

Okanogan Wilderness League (OWL), a local environmental organization, has appealed water right changes that impact the Methow Valley Irrigation District (MVID) and the Town of Twisp. The appeal challenges three water right changes issued by the state Department of Ecology in August.  The changes apply to MVID surface water rights for the Twisp River, Methow...
Construction to begin on irrigation district’s new water delivery system

Construction to begin on irrigation district’s new water delivery system

By Ann McCreary

After years of planning, going back to the drawing board, and making new plans, construction on a new delivery system for Methow Valley Irrigation District  (MVID) will begin after the canal is turned off for the season on Wednesday (Oct. 1).

Repair work continues on damaged highways

Repair work continues on damaged highways

By Ann McCreary
Highway 153 remains closed south of Benson Creek while state transportation officials try to reach agreement with a landowner in order to repair damage caused by flooding and mudslides last month. Work continues on other damaged sections of …
Family Health Centers to buy Dr. Jensen’s practice in Twisp

Family Health Centers to buy Dr. Jensen’s practice in Twisp

By Don Nelson
Longtime local physician Dr. Joe Jensen, owner of Methow Valley Family Practice in Twisp, has reached an agreement to sell the practice to Family Health Centers (FHC), a nonprofit health care system based in Okanogan. The transaction will be completed in May 2015. Jensen, who is 68, will …