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DeHart announces he’ll run for Winthrop mayor’s position

DeHart announces he’ll run for Winthrop mayor’s position

Winthrop Town Council member Bob DeHart announced last week that he will run for mayor in the November general election. DeHart said his decision to run was partially, but not entirely, in reaction to recent concerns raised about the firing of Marshal Hal Henning by Mayor Anne Acheson.
WSDOT planning repairs to four Hwy. 153 bridges

WSDOT planning repairs to four Hwy. 153 bridges

By Don Nelson The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is working on plans for rebuilding the supporting columns on four bridges over the Methow River on Highway 153 this summer. The “structure rehabilitation project” will affect bridges at mileposts 13.45, 15.51, 16.85 and 18.91. The last two are at the north and south entrances...
Twisp leaders ask: When is it simply none of our business?

Twisp leaders ask: When is it simply none of our business?

Local elected boards and councils are increasingly being asked, on behalf of their constituents, to endorse certain causes, urge other government entities or officials to action, or oppose an expected action. But should such advocacy, especially when it is politically tinged, be the role of groups like the Twisp and Winthrop town councils, or similar elected...
Art, salmon and watershed science intersect in the classroom

Art, salmon and watershed science intersect in the classroom

Sixth-graders’ project links learning, creativity By Marcy Stamper When Methow Valley Elementary sixth-graders picked “Water Provides” as the theme for this year’s National Free Fishing Day, it showed how completely they had absorbed the interconnection of water for farmers, fish and virtually everyone in the community. Early this month, the students translated this theme onto...
Low immunization rate in Methow Valley district worries health officials

Low immunization rate in Methow Valley district worries health officials

Immunization rates in the Methow Valley School District are among the lowest in the state, raising concerns among local health officials during this winter’s mumps outbreak, the state’s most serious in 50 years. Almost 10 percent of the district’s 600 students are considered “at-risk” because they do not meet the required immunization schedule for …
Winthrop-based Pacific Biodiversity Institute names new executive director

Winthrop-based Pacific Biodiversity Institute names new executive director

Barnard noted for climate change work, conservation research By Ann McCreary An internationally known climate change scientist and conservation leader has been chosen to lead Pacific Biodiversity Institute (PBI), a conservation research organization with headquarters in Winthrop. Phoebe Barnard is the new executive director of PBI, replacing Peter Morrison, who founded PBI in 1993. Morrison...
Legislature stops short of ‘levy cliff,’ bill goes to Inslee for signature

Legislature stops short of ‘levy cliff,’ bill goes to Inslee for signature

Educators across the state seem relieved after the Legislature voted to avoid the “levy cliff” on March 9. The House passed SB 5023 with 87 in support and 10 opposed after the Senate approved the bill with 48 in support and one opposed. The bill will freeze the current levy lid at 28 percent until 2019;...
County hopes to resume issuing building permits soon, after several months of delay

County hopes to resume issuing building permits soon, after several months of delay

After a several-month-long hiatus in issuing building permits for houses that depend on a well for water, Okanogan County has started reviewing applications and hopes to begin issuing permits by the end of March. Three dozen building permits have been on hold as the county worked out an approach for complying with …
Bill reintroduced to protect Methow headwaters from mining

Bill reintroduced to protect Methow headwaters from mining

A bill that would permanently withdraw more than 340,000 acres in the headwaters of the Methow River from mining and new mineral exploration was re-introduced in the U.S. Senate last week. Washington senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell reintroduced the Methow Headwaters Protection Act on …
Twisp River channel restoration project proposed by Yakama Nation

Twisp River channel restoration project proposed by Yakama Nation

The Yakama Nation is proposing a restoration project on the Twisp River approximately 9 miles west of Twisp. The primary goals of the Twisp Horseshoe side-channel restoration include increasing connections between main and side channels and improving habitat for steelhead, spring Chinook and bull trout. The project includes installation of large wood structures in the...