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Twisp council tweaks excessive water loss ordinance

Twisp council tweaks excessive water loss ordinance

A revised Twisp town ordinance means that property owners who permit excessive water loss due to leaky faucets, toilets or other plumbing fixtures will only be eligible for a reduction in their billing if the malfunction happens during winter, when water meters are not regularly read. Town water customers are required to repair problems in...
Four Methow Valley roads get lower speed limits

Four Methow Valley roads get lower speed limits

Speed limits on four Methow Valley Roads — about 5 miles total — will be lowered to 35 miles per hour (mph) by the end of next week, after Okanogan County Public Works installs new signs, according to county engineer Josh Thomson. The Okanogan County commissioners approved the changes by a vote of 2-to-1 at their meeting on July 14....
State grants a big boost to Methow Valley recreation and conservation projects

State grants a big boost to Methow Valley recreation and conservation projects

Twisp, ranger district are big benefitors of the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board grants Several Okanogan County projects and programs, including two in Twisp and several in the Methow Valley Ranger District, have been awarded grants from the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board, it was announced this week. The Town of Twisp...
Army helicopter-training proposal stirring alarm

Army helicopter-training proposal stirring alarm

A proposal to train U.S. Army helicopter pilots in the mountains in a large area that includes the Methow Valley has stirred up what one person called a “hornet’s nest” because of the potential impact on hikers, horseback riders and others who prize mountain trails for their peace and quiet. Biologists have cited risks to...
Hot work

Hot work

When summer heat arrives and temperatures hit the high 90s for days on end, most people in the Methow choose to limit their activities to early morning and spend their afternoons indoors. But when a structure fire erupts …
Project will remove hazardous fuels near Mazama

Project will remove hazardous fuels near Mazama

Public/private partnership aimed at reducing fire risks by thinning overgrown areas By Ann McCreary Overgrown forests on federal land adjacent to private property in Mazama will be thinned to reduce wildfire risk in a $1 million project that is expected to begin this summer. The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has awarded a contract to reduce hazardous...
Copper exploration near Mazama concerns Farm Bureau

Copper exploration near Mazama concerns Farm Bureau

The Okanogan County Farm Bureau has expressed concern about proposed exploration for copper by Blue River Resources Ltd. on U.S. Forest Service land in Mazama. In a letter sent recently to Okanogan …
District 6 urged to get more citizen input on new fire hall

District 6 urged to get more citizen input on new fire hall

Three community members urged Okanogan County Fire District 6 commissioners to appoint a citizen committee to advise on future plans for a new fire station in Winthrop. “To promote community acceptance of …
Proposed county zoning changes could add dwellings, nightly rentals, gravel pits in the Methow

Proposed county zoning changes could add dwellings, nightly rentals, gravel pits in the Methow

“Leave the Methow alone” was the oft-repeated mantra when the county commissioners were working on the county’s comp plan. People are now waiting to see whether that philosophy will be followed in the county’s zoning …
Teen walks out of N. Cascades after surviving plane crash

Teen walks out of N. Cascades after surviving plane crash

Autumn Veatch, the 16-year-old Bellingham girl who survived a plane crash in the North Cascades, was expected to be released Tuesday evening (July 14) from Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster, where she was …