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New transit authority manager to visit Methow Valley this week

New transit authority manager to visit Methow Valley this week

By Ann McCreary
The newly hired manager of Okanogan County Transit Authority (OCTA) will visit the Methow Valley this week to find out what kind of public transportation valley residents need. Kelly Scalf, who was hired last month as the first manager of OCTA, will be …
MVID approves plan for individual wells

MVID approves plan for individual wells

By Ann McCreary
As work moves forward on piping sections of Methow Valley Irrigation District (MVID) ditches, the district has developed a process to provide individual wells to MVID members who will no longer receive irrigation water from its system. The plan, approved last week …
Two-lot subdivision proposed near Mazama

Two-lot subdivision proposed near Mazama

Two property owners have applied to Okanogan County to divide 29 acres about four miles southeast of Mazama into two lots plus a riparian conservation zone. The Iron Goat short plat is on the north side of Highway 20, across from the intersection of Kumm Road. If the subdivision is approved, it would create one...
No charges against former LBHS activities director

No charges against former LBHS activities director

By Marcy Stamper
An investigation lasting more than a year into unspecified allegations involving former Liberty Bell High School Activities Director Mike Wilson has ended with no charges being filed against him. Wilson’s attorney learned of the decision …
Despite challenges, valley’s apple crop makes a dramatic comeback from last year’s harvest

Despite challenges, valley’s apple crop makes a dramatic comeback from last year’s harvest

By Ann McCreary
After last year’s miserable apple crop — described by longtime grower Dave Schulz as the “worst ever” — this year’s harvest is a welcome change. Statewide, the apple harvest is predicted to be a record. Here in the Methow Valley, growers had to cope with challenges that included wildfire-caused power outages that …
Project restores Methow River’s historic main channel near Twisp

Project restores Methow River’s historic main channel near Twisp

By Ann McCreary
A meandering channel of water, interspersed with small pools and littered with a jumble of tree trunks and limbs, now runs parallel to the Methow River just north of Twisp. The newly established channel winds its way among trees along the hillside west of Highway 20, then bends toward the...
Powerline to Methow, Enloe Dam among issues for PUD candidates

Powerline to Methow, Enloe Dam among issues for PUD candidates

By Marcy Stamper
Incumbent Okanogan County Public Utility District (PUD) commissioner David Womack is seeking a third six-year term. He is being challenged by Scott Verjaska.
MVSTA rebrands itself as Methow Trails

MVSTA rebrands itself as Methow Trails

By Don Nelson
In the beginning, 37 years ago, it was the Methow Family Sports Club. Later it became the Methow Valley Ski Touring Association and then, more recently, the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association (MVSTA). On Nov. 1, the nonprofit operator of the valley’s 120-mile system of groomed Nordic trails — North American’s largest...
Ballots must be postmarked or dropped off by Tuesday

Ballots must be postmarked or dropped off by Tuesday

Ballots for the Nov. 4 general election must be postmarked, hand-delivered or left in one of several drop boxes by Tuesday (Nov. 4). Mailed ballots must be signed and have sufficient postage; check with your local post office for the cut-off time for postmarked ballots. The Okanogan County Auditor’s Office, 149 Third Ave. N., Room...
Autumn rains not likely to cause floods, slides

Autumn rains not likely to cause floods, slides

By Ann McCreary
The arrival of autumn rain this week doesn’t carry the significant potential for floods and mudslides that comes with sudden summer thunderstorms in a burn-scarred environment, according to a National Weather Service (NWS) hydrologist. Methow Valley residents discovered just how devastating thunderstorms following wildfires …