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Three Rivers Hospital seeks new board member

Three Rivers Hospital seeks new board member

The Three Rivers Hospital board of commissioners is accepting letters of interest to fill a vacancy on the board by the end of January. The vacancy occurred when former commissioner and vice-chair Jerry Tretwold resigned, according to a press release from the hospital. “We hope to attract candidates who are passionate about serving the communities...
Suspects charged in Winthrop marijuana heist

Suspects charged in Winthrop marijuana heist

One Twisp resident remained in jail and another was released on bail after being arrested for allegedly stealing about 60 pounds of marijuana from a licensed growing operation on Horizon Flats Road in Winthrop. A third suspect is being sought in the pot heist, which occurred Dec. 10 at the Methow Valley Nursery, which grows...
Chief Waller takes paid leave from Fire District 6

Chief Waller takes paid leave from Fire District 6

Fire Chief Don Waller will take a two-year paid leave beginning Jan. 1, 2016, before retiring from Okanogan County Fire District 6 under an agreement approved by district commissioners last week. Waller, who has been chief since 2002, said he has accrued 4,021 hours of vacation and sick leave, and compensation time. Commissioners agreed to place...
USFS seeks comments on Chewuch plan

USFS seeks comments on Chewuch plan

Changes would affect road access, maintenance By Ann McCreary Public input is being sought on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Chewuch Transportation Plan released last week by the U.S. Forest Service. The transportation plan will guide management of 394 miles of road on Forest Service lands in the Chewuch River drainage. It includes...
Winthrop’s oversight of police department questioned

Winthrop’s oversight of police department questioned

A longtime Winthrop business owner told Town Council members last week that he was concerned about what he described as a “yo-yo effect” in employment in the town marshal’s office. “I shake my head every time I see someone come and go,” said Bart Bradshaw, owner of Pardner’s Mini Market and Bart Bradshaw CPA. Bradshaw said...
Family Planning Clinic at Room One to close on Jan. 1

Family Planning Clinic at Room One to close on Jan. 1

After 15 years of providing family planning services in the Methow Valley, the Twisp Family Planning Clinic at Room One will close on Jan. 1, 2016. The clinic, administered by Family Planning of North Central Washington, has provided reproductive health exams, birth control, sexually transmitted disease testing and vaccinations, and sexual health education.
Ruling bars federal Wildlife Services Program from killing wolves

Ruling bars federal Wildlife Services Program from killing wolves

A federal judge has barred the federal Wildlife Services program from participating in lethal removal of gray wolves in Washington, and rejected an Environmental Assessment (EA) prepared by the agency. In response to a challenge brought by a coalition of conservation organizations, U.S. District Judge Robert Bryan said last week that…
Judge urges Okanogan County and environmental groups to cooperate on comp plan update

Judge urges Okanogan County and environmental groups to cooperate on comp plan update

At hearing, Culp suggests putting off action for a year By Marcy Stamper Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Christopher Culp suggested waiting one more year to see if the county and the two environmental groups that challenged the county’s comprehensive plan can work together to revise the plan so that it protects water and agriculture...
County weighs voluntary protection program for agricultural lands, other critical areas

County weighs voluntary protection program for agricultural lands, other critical areas

Three years ago, Okanogan County commissioners opted in to a program to protect farmland through voluntary measures, but no action was required by the county because the state did not fund the program until late this year.
Twisp adopts 2016 budget that adds a third police officer

Twisp adopts 2016 budget that adds a third police officer

Anticipating a generally healthy financial outlook for the town in 2016, Twisp council members approved a budget that provides money for an additional police officer and includes increases in water and sewer rates. After debating how much to increase sewer rates, the council …