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Statewide ballot initiatives ask about education, firearms sales

Statewide ballot initiatives ask about education, firearms sales

By Marcy Stamper
The November ballot includes three statewide initiatives, one pertaining to K-12 education and the other two related to background checks for firearms purchases and transfers. Initiative 1351 would direct the legislature to allocate funds to reduce …
Help the summer’s fire survivors this winter with snow removal, holiday gifts, traditions

Help the summer’s fire survivors this winter with snow removal, holiday gifts, traditions

Winter brings snow and holidays, but this year some people affected by the summer’s wildfires may need help managing the two seasonal events. Groups working on fire recovery are looking for people interested in adopting a family or household to help with snowplowing and with gifts and holiday traditions. Many people lost all their plowing...
Temporary repairs keep Hwy 153 bridge open at Carlton

Temporary repairs keep Hwy 153 bridge open at Carlton

By Ann McCreary
Temporary repairs to the Methow River bridge on Highway 153 at Carlton will remain in place throughout the winter, while engineers design a permanent repair that will be completed in the spring. Cracks were discovered in two of the bridge’s supporting columns during a …
County commissioners hear emotional accounts of fire, charges of inaction

County commissioners hear emotional accounts of fire, charges of inaction

By Marcy Stamper
Emotion ran high as speakers erupted in tears and anger at a meeting called by the Okanogan County commissioners to gather information about the summer’s wildfires that will be used for emergency planning and coordination with agencies on fire response.
Hearing on ATV lawsuit rescheduled for November

Hearing on ATV lawsuit rescheduled for November

The hearing on the lawsuit filed by the Methow Valley Citizens’ Council (MVCC) and Conservation Northwest challenging the adequacy of Okanogan County’s analysis of the environmental impacts of allowing all-terrain vehicles on county roads has been rescheduled. The case will be heard by Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Henry Rawson on Nov. 17 at 3:30...
County cuts land values on 3,800 parcels damaged in fires

County cuts land values on 3,800 parcels damaged in fires

By Marcy Stamper

Staffers in the Okanogan County assessor’s office have finished adjustments to land values for 3,800 parcels that were damaged in the Carlton Complex Fire. The new valuations apply only to land, since adjustments for burned structures were made in August. The assessor reduced values on timbered land by …

Environmental impacts of county’s comprehensive plan challenged

Environmental impacts of county’s comprehensive plan challenged

By Marcy Stamper Does Okanogan County have to imagine the future environmental effects of any growth allowed by its comprehensive plan, or only the impact of specific projects that the plan would permit? That distinction — and the county’s responsibility to do a thorough environmental analysis to inform the public and elected officials — was the crux of arguments...
Cinder the bear on way to Idaho for more rehab and recovery from burns

Cinder the bear on way to Idaho for more rehab and recovery from burns

By Ann McCreary
Plans are being made to transfer Cinder, the black bear cub burned in the Carlton Complex Fire, from a wildlife treatment facility in California to a rehabilitation center in Idaho. The bear cub has been recovering from her injuries at Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care (LTWC) …
WDFW seeks candidates for state Wolf Advisory Group

WDFW seeks candidates for state Wolf Advisory Group

By Ann McCreary
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking candidates to serve for the next two years on the committee that advises the department on wolf recovery and management. WDFW Director Phil Anderson will appoint up to 12…
Meeting to discuss Navy plan for warfare exercises

Meeting to discuss Navy plan for warfare exercises

An open house is scheduled on Tuesday (Nov. 4) to discuss a proposal by the U.S. Navy to conduct warfare training exercises on the Tonasket Ranger District. The open house will be held 3:30-7:30 p.m. at the Okanogan Public Utility District in Okanogan. Forest Service and U.S. Navy personnel will be present to answer questions....