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County commission candidates Q&A

County commission candidates Q&A

We asked each of the four candidates for the District 2 seat on the Okanogan County Board of Commissioners to answer a series of questions about relevant issues. These are their complete responses.
Public meetings on Three Rivers Hospital levy proposals next week

Public meetings on Three Rivers Hospital levy proposals next week

Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster will host two public information sessions  — on Monday (July 11) in Pateros and next Thursday (July 14) in Twisp  — to provide information about two levy proposals that will be on the Aug. 2 primary election ballot. Monday’s session will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Douglas/Okanogan County Fire District 15 station...
Commissioners to hear conservation easement proposals

Commissioners to hear conservation easement proposals

The Okanogan County commissioners will hold a public hearing on Monday (July 11) regarding two conservation easement projects for which the Methow Conservancy is seeking funding through the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program. The hearing begins at 4 p.m. in the commissioners’ meeting room. According to a Conservancy press release, agriculturalists will speak on behalf...
Room One, Family Health Centers to offer contraceptive services

Room One, Family Health Centers to offer contraceptive services

When the Twisp Family Planning Clinic closed last year, access to low-cost reproductive services became more difficult for Methow Valley residents. Hosted at Room One for 15 years, the clinic was operated by Family Planning of North Central Washington. To fill the gap created when the clinic closed, Room One will …
County asks appeals court to review ATV ruling

County asks appeals court to review ATV ruling

Attorneys for Okanogan County have asked the state Court of Appeals in Spokane to reconsider a ruling issued last month that found the county had failed to adequately analyze the environmental impacts of opening almost 600 miles of roads to wheeled all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). The county’s motion for reconsideration challenges the court’s ruling on technical procedural...
Forum on Monday for District 2 county commission candidates

Forum on Monday for District 2 county commission candidates

The Twisp Valley Grange will host a public forum for candidates seeking the District 2 seat on the Okanogan County Board of Commissioners next Monday (July 11) beginning at 6:30 p.m. All four candidates for the District 2 position — incumbent Ray Campbell, Andy Hover of Winthrop, Ashley Thrasher of Twisp and Stan Kvistad of Okanogan — have indicated...
Projects restore fish habitat on Twisp, Methow rivers

Projects restore fish habitat on Twisp, Methow rivers

Three projects on the Twisp and Methow rivers to restore habitat for threatened and endangered fish — steelhead, spring Chinook and bull trout — get underway this summer. Two projects on the Twisp River will be conducted by the Yakama Nation through its Upper Columbia Habitat Restoration program. One is at the Twisp Ponds just outside of Twisp, and the...
Work continues on Twisp pool repairs

Work continues on Twisp pool repairs

Work on Twisp’s Wagner Memorial Pool is moving forward, and the contractor was preparing to apply a new lining to the pool surface this week. “The repairs are completed and they are prepping the face of the pool,” Andrew Denham, Twisp public works director, said Tuesday (June 28).
Lofty solitude

Lofty solitude

Soaring high over the North Cascades mountains, traveling hundreds of miles in powerless flight, glider pilots enjoyed clear skies and warm temperatures this week during their annual visit to Twisp. Fourteen sleek gliders — also known as sailplanes — and 18 pilots came to the Twisp Municipal Airport for …
County zoning code nearing completion

County zoning code nearing completion

Okanogan County appears to be close to having its first new zoning code in 38 years, now that the county’s planning commissioners have made their final changes to sections regulating nightly rentals and marijuana operations. The commissioners have also …