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Information sought in hit-and-run bike death; cyclist injured in collision near Mazama

Information sought in hit-and-run bike death; cyclist injured in collision near Mazama

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about the driver of a truck that struck and killed Gary Knowlton, a Brewster schoolteacher who was bicycling in Chelan on July 16. With assistance from the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office, the red truck believed to be involved in the hit-and-run incident was discovered the next day (July...
Environmental actions taken against lumber mill, mine

Environmental actions taken against lumber mill, mine

PNW Wind Down LLC will pay an $89,000 penalty for repeatedly violating federal clean air rules while leasing and operating a tribally owned facility on the Colville Reservation in Omak, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week. The facility is a lumber mill that produced plywood veneer from raw timber, according to an...
Hotel Rio Vista owners answer criticisms of parking lot

Hotel Rio Vista owners answer criticisms of parking lot

The owners of Hotel Rio Vista in Winthrop spoke out before the town council last week to address questions council members raised recently about the hotel’s parking lot.
Search and rescue teams having busy month

Search and rescue teams having busy month

Search and rescue teams have had a busy July responding to calls that have included plucking a stranded young rafter off a tree overhanging the Methow River and evacuating sick and injured people by …
Langdalen announces resignation

Langdalen announces resignation

Winthrop Mayor Sue Langdalen announced last week that she will be resigning from her position as of Sept. 1 because she and her husband, Jim, are moving out of the Methow Valley. Langdalen ran unopposed in 2013 to fill the mayoral post. This is her second round in the mayor’s chair; her first term was...
County commissioners adopt detailed new zoning code

County commissioners adopt detailed new zoning code

Affects nightly rentals, marijuana farms, lot sizes By Marcy Stamper Okanogan County has a new zoning code for this first time in 38 years. The county commissioners adopted a new code that changes some lot sizes, requires a conditional-use permit for all new marijuana operations, and gives some nightly rentals in the Methow Valley another...
Property taxes, federal reimbursements relieve county cash flow problems

Property taxes, federal reimbursements relieve county cash flow problems

Okanogan County no longer needs the ability to fall back on $605,463 in emergency funds to cover payroll and other regular county expenses. At the end of June, after Okanogan County took…
Winthrop council reviewing police salaries

Winthrop council reviewing police salaries

The Winthrop Town Council, concerned about short- and long-term budgetary consequences, wants more time to think about a proposal by Marshal Hal Henning to increase police officer salaries.
County zoning code’s EIS attachments include personal information about citizens council board members, staff

County zoning code’s EIS attachments include personal information about citizens council board members, staff

The environmental impact statement (EIS) on the county’s new zoning code is backed up by 21 attachments, such as maps, population estimates and an overview of county employment patterns.
Flash flood sweeps through French Creek properties

Flash flood sweeps through French Creek properties

Thunderstorms last Friday (July 22) caused flash flooding in the French Creek area that partially destroyed a dike constructed last summer to protect properties from just that event.