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County considers vacating roads to clear up discrepancies

County considers vacating roads to clear up discrepancies

Okanogan County is considering vacating 11 roads — about 36 miles — as the Public Works staff attempts to reconcile decades-old maps and road logs with actual roads on the ground. Five of the roads are in the Methow Valley and Brewster areas; others are near …
Outside legal representation not an issue in Okanogan County

Outside legal representation not an issue in Okanogan County

Like many counties across the state, Okanogan County sometimes hires outside attorneys for their expertise in certain areas of the law or for a large workload. But Okanogan County’s use of contract lawyers is not analogous to the arrangement that drew a rebuke for …
Twisp holds public hearing on Third Avenue vacation proposal

Twisp holds public hearing on Third Avenue vacation proposal

A public hearing on a proposal to vacate part of Third Avenue next to Twisp Town Hall is scheduled for Feb. 14 at 5:30 p.m. during a Town Council meeting. The Twisp Council set the date to hear public comment on a proposal to close the north half of the street, adjacent to Town Hall,...
Methow Conservancy (20), Methow Trails (40) throw a birthday party

Methow Conservancy (20), Methow Trails (40) throw a birthday party

Two Methow Valley nonprofits — Methow Trails and the Methow Conservancy — invite the public to a combined birthday bash on Saturday (Jan. 21) at the Winthrop Barn, with dance music provided by The Paperboys. Both organizations promise no fancy fundraising or gimmicks, or long speeches. Doors open ...
Twisp on alert for possible ice dams blocking river as temps fall

Twisp on alert for possible ice dams blocking river as temps fall

Andrew Denham, Twisp’s public works director, was keeping a close watch early this week on ice that has built up on the Twisp River, hoping to avoid a repeat of last year’s ice dams that that threatened to flood parts of Twisp. The recent prolonged spell of frigid temperatures has produced thick ice on sections of...
Deep connections

Deep connections

When people speak of James Donaldson, there is a remarkable consistency about who he was and — perhaps more important — what he meant to his extensive community of friends. His friends all described James’ uncanny gift for connecting with others. People immediately felt …
Proposal would restore grizzly bears to North Cascades ecosystem

Proposal would restore grizzly bears to North Cascades ecosystem

Grizzly bears would be captured and released into the North Cascades in order to restore the bears to their historic habitat, based on proposals detailed in an environmental study released last week. The grizzly bear restoration proposals are …
State auditors: county surplused vehicles without proper documentation

State auditors: county surplused vehicles without proper documentation

Okanogan County did not follow its own policies when it disposed of 16 vehicles it no longer needed, with nine sheriff’s vehicles given free to other police agencies and several cars sold at auction — all without officially being declared as surplus by the county commissioners, according to a state audit of county procedures.
Burn ban announced for Okanogan county and others

Burn ban announced for Okanogan county and others

    Worsening air quality conditions in north central Washington are prompting Stage 1 burn bans to be added for Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties, and an existing ban to extend in Kittitas County over the weekend and through the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the Washington Department of Ecology said Thursday (Jan....
District 6 appoints advisory group

District 6 appoints advisory group

An eight-member citizens committee has been appointed to advise commissioners of Okanogan County Fire District 6, and will meet for the first time on Monday (Jan. 16). The fire district’s three commissioners selected the citizens advisory committee members from 11 applicants who sent letters of interest to the district. The first job of the advisory...