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Funding for a new Twisp Town Hall will get ‘highest priority,’ state legislator says

Funding for a new Twisp Town Hall will get ‘highest priority,’ state legislator says

By Ann McCreary Funding construction of a new Twisp Town Hall building is the “highest priority” capital project for his district, state Rep. Cary Condotta, R-Wenatchee, said this week during a visit to Twisp. “Town Hall is a cornerstone, a foundation for this town. The mayor is trying to re-brand Twisp, and this is...
Fate of PUD’s Enloe Dam still uncertain

Fate of PUD’s Enloe Dam still uncertain

By Marcy Stamper
After more than half a century as a disused concrete spillway, powerhouse and reservoir, Enloe Dam may be closer to its next phase in life — either being retrofitted to generate power or removed entirely. The Okanogan County Public Utility District (PUD) has seven months to seek an extension from the Federal...
More help for fire victims

More help for fire victims

Methow Valley residents who have unmet needs as a result of the Carlton Complex Fire are invited to meet with representatives of World Renew at The Cove II, 209 Third Ave. in Twisp, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Also known as “The Green Shirts,” World Renew is hosting a walk-in center this week...
Mule Deer Foundation schedules benefit dinner

Mule Deer Foundation schedules benefit dinner

The Okanogan Trails Chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) will hold a fundraising dinner at 5 p.m. on Saturday (Nov. 22) at the Barn in Winthrop. The benefit will raise money for habitat restoration and related projects to help mitigate damage from the Carlton Complex Fire to the region’s large mule deer herd. Admission...
Lawsuit seeks more protection for lynx habitat

Lawsuit seeks more protection for lynx habitat

By Ann McCreary
The Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) filed suit Monday (Nov. 17) against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in federal court under the Endangered Species Act for inadequately protecting Canada lynx habitat in Washington and other parts of the nation. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in...
Reward offered for info about wolf killed in national forest

Reward offered for info about wolf killed in national forest

By Ann McCreary
Conservation groups are offering a reward of up to $15,000 for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for killing the breeding female of the Teanaway gray wolf pack in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. …
After fires, one pup survives in Lookout Pack

After fires, one pup survives in Lookout Pack

By Ann McCreary

Last summer’s wildfire appears to have taken a toll on Lookout Pack gray wolves, leaving only one surviving pup from this year’s litter. “The fire burned over what we thought was the original den or …

Community briefs: Nov. 19, 2014

Community briefs: Nov. 19, 2014

This week: Community Thanksgiving dinner, Tutors needed at Liberty Bell, Visalli offers ‘history of everything’ classes and Breakfast with Santa

Green shirts to help with unmet needs

Rodriguez, Furman prevail in county races; District 6 levy rejected

Rodriguez, Furman prevail in county races; District 6 levy rejected

After a third round of ballot-counting by the Okanogan County auditor’s office was completed on Monday (Nov. 10), a proposed levy increase to support construction of a new fire station in Winthrop for Okanogan County Fire District 6 was still being defeated, by 999 no votes (54 percent) to 851 yes votes (46 percent). The...