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County considers zoning code revisions for marijuana operations

County considers zoning code revisions for marijuana operations

After two packed hearings about proposed changes to how Okanogan County regulates marijuana operations, the county has received three formal suggestions for its new zoning code. Up to now, marijuana has been treated like any other type of crop. The draft zoning code proposes requiring a special permit for any new marijuana operations, which includes...
Twisp River Pub fire investigators await crime lab report

Twisp River Pub fire investigators await crime lab report

Twisp Police Chief Paul Budrow has interviewed about 15 people as part of his investigation into the arson fire at the Twisp River Pub, and said he expects to interview as many as 60 people before he is done. While he is moving ahead on conducting his part of the criminal investigation…
‘Wanted: New County Commissioners’

‘Wanted: New County Commissioners’

Two years ago during election season, Gay Northrup was sitting on her couch and clicking on online petitions to tell elected officials where she stood on a wide range of issues. “But I started to wonder if that was accomplishing anything,” said the Mazama resident.
Visualizing Twisp

Visualizing Twisp

What might a “revitalized” Twisp need to look like in order to boost the town’s tourism economy? That was the broad topic at a meeting last week hosted by the Twisp Chamber of Commerce, where local business and organizational leaders heard some ideas about how…
Kellen Northcott appointed to fill Winthrop council vacancy

Kellen Northcott appointed to fill Winthrop council vacancy

Kellen Northcott will join his uncle Rick Northcott on the Winthrop Town Council, filling a seat vacated by the departure of Jessica Sheehan. The council selected Northcott at its meeting last week after hearing from him and another applicant for the vacant seat, Robert DeHart.
Commissioners OK emergency funds transfer to cover current expenses

Commissioners OK emergency funds transfer to cover current expenses

The Okanogan County commissioners approved a resolution to transfer $605,463 into the county’s current-expense fund, if needed, to cover payroll and other expenses. The unanimous approval came after an urgent public hearing on Tuesday (April 26). The resolution allows the money …
High temperatures melt previous optimism about summer water supplies

High temperatures melt previous optimism about summer water supplies

The hefty mountain snowpack that blanketed mountains around the Methow Valley at the beginning of April has rapidly melted away during the warm weather of recent weeks. On April 1, the snowpack in the upper Columbia River basin, which…
County weighs juvenile justice options

County weighs juvenile justice options

Okanogan County’s juvenile-detention facility houses up to 20 youths in 10 cells, but only half of the youths served by the county’s juvenile program actually end up in detention. That’s because most are served by interventions such as aggression-replacement …
Commissioners, staff take steps to cover cash-flow troubles

Commissioners, staff take steps to cover cash-flow troubles

Okanogan County department heads have been asked to hold off on large purchases and avoid unnecessary expenditures to be sure the county can pay staff and other bills. The county’s finance committee informed the commissioners…
Hawkins to seek state Senate seat vacated by Parlette

Hawkins to seek state Senate seat vacated by Parlette

State Rep. Brad Hawkins (R-East Wenatchee), whose 12th District constituency includes the Methow Valley, has announced that he will run for the state senate seat currently held by Sen. Linda Evans Parlette. Parlette announced last week that she will not seek re-election this year. “The combination of my educational background, work experience and public service...