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School district seeks $5.3 million for facilities, buses

School district seeks $5.3 million for facilities, buses

The task force that has been assessing needed repairs and upgrades at the Methow Valley School District has recommended spending $4.5 million for all three schools and the campus, plus another $800,000 to buy six new school buses. The task force submitted its final recommendations to Superintendent Tom Venable this week. Among the most urgent...
Audit finds ongoing financial challenges at Mid-Valley Hospital

Audit finds ongoing financial challenges at Mid-Valley Hospital

Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak was found to be at risk of not being able to meet its financial obligations and maintain current service levels during a recent audit of district finances and business activities by the Washington State Auditor’s Office.
News briefs: March 11, 2015

News briefs: March 11, 2015

Nursing program information Wenatchee Valley College is offering a fast-track program this summer in the Methow Valley for those interested in becoming a certified nursing assistant. An informational meeting will be held Tuesday (March 17) at 6:30 p.m. at Liberty Bell High School. For more information, call (509) 341-4190. Carlton Complex and weather “Conflagration to Transformation,”...
DNR investigation: improperly maintained trailer caused Rising Eagle Road Fire

DNR investigation: improperly maintained trailer caused Rising Eagle Road Fire

An investigation into the Rising Eagle Road Fire has concluded that the August 2014 fire was caused when a wheel on an improperly maintained utility trailer stopped rotating and dragged on the pavement, sending superheated metal flakes onto the …
Providing a ‘glimpse of normal’

Providing a ‘glimpse of normal’

In Okanogan County there are 50 licensed foster homes. In the Methow Valley, there is a grand total of one. When a child must be removed from a home, the goal is to try to keep the child in the community if possible. Here in the Methow Valley, that can be difficult.
Heart & home

Heart & home

Sometimes they arrive in the middle of the night, frightened and disoriented. Sometimes they stay for only 24 hours, sometimes for a year or longer. And some will never leave. For the past six years, Aimee Budrow has been taking foster children into …
USFS seeks comments on South Summit project impact statement

USFS seeks comments on South Summit project impact statement

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking comments by April 6 on a preliminary Environmental Assessment for the South Summit II Forest and Fuels Project area east of Twisp.
North Cascades Highway clearing to begin March 16

North Cascades Highway clearing to begin March 16

The annual effort to reopen the North Cascades Highway will begin Monday (March 16) from the east side, and work from the west side will start on March 23, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT said Wednesday (March 11). “Stabilization work on a rock slope west of Rainy Pass is expected to be finished...
Ruuds seek new owners for Old Schoolhouse Brewery

Ruuds seek new owners for Old Schoolhouse Brewery

Casey and Laura Rudd didn’t know a thing about brewing beer when they purchased what became the Old Schoolhouse Brewery in 2008. Now they are preparing to pass the award-winning craft beer business and pub along to someone who …
County cancels half of no-spray weed-control agreements

County cancels half of no-spray weed-control agreements

By Marcy Stamper Half of the no-spray agreements Okanogan County has with property owners who have agreed to control weeds and vegetation along the roadside are not being renewed because county staff determined people were not in compliance. The county has sent certified letters to about 60 property owners notifying them that after reviewing previous...