Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

NEWS
Rec meeting draws supporters, skeptics

Rec meeting draws supporters, skeptics

By Ann McCreary
At a standing-room-only meeting last week about the proposed Methow Valley Recreation District, several speakers said they favored supporting recreation in the valley, but were leery of …
Deadline to buy subsidized insurance fast approaching

Deadline to buy subsidized insurance fast approaching

By Ann McCreary
The deadline to enroll and submit payment for a private health insurance plan through the state’s “Healthplanfinder” website is March 31 at 11:59 p.m.

Scaled-back development up for planning department review again in Mazama

By Marcy Stamper
A Mazama property owner has revised a proposal for a development on Goat Creek Road, scaling it back to two residences instead of three on the eight-and-a-half acres. Project sponsor Ken Madden filed a revised proposal in March with …
Local biologists await fix at Wanapum Dam to allow fish passage

Local biologists await fix at Wanapum Dam to allow fish passage

By Marcy Stamper
It’s a 150-mile swim from Wanapum Dam to Winthrop, but fish biologists in the Methow Valley are keeping careful tabs on proposed fixes that will enable salmon to get through when the first spring Chinook reach the dam next month, en route …
Methow will be part of wolf research program

Methow will be part of wolf research program

By Ann McCreary
The Methow Valley will be included in a research program that will investigate non-lethal interventions to reduce conflicts between livestock and wolves. The Lookout Pack is one of six packs in eastern Washington that will …
Study: State’s gray wolf population steady in 2013

Study: State’s gray wolf population steady in 2013

By Ann McCreary
Gray wolves established four new packs in Washington over the past year, bringing the total number to 13 packs, and the state is home to five successful breeding pairs including the Methow Valley’s Lookout Pack, according to …
Three Rivers Hospital picks three finalists for CEO job

Three Rivers Hospital picks three finalists for CEO job

After conducting phone interviews Tuesday (March 11) with four candidates for chief executive officer, the Three Rivers Hospital board of commissioners voted to invite three candidates for in-person interviews. The Brewster hospital is seeking a replacement for CEO Bud Hufnagel, who will leave at the end of April. Names of the three finalists for the...
Sales tax going up on April 1 in most of county

Sales tax going up on April 1 in most of county

The retail sales tax in most of Okanogan County—including Twisp and Winthrop—is going up by four-tenths of 1 percent (0.004) starting April 1. The increase, to fund the voter-approved Public Transportation Benefit Area, will bring the sales tax to 8.2 percent in Twisp, Winthrop and the city of Okanogan. In unincorporated areas of the county...
Backcountry Horsemen set Spring Ride for April 26

Backcountry Horsemen set Spring Ride for April 26

Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed Saturday (March 15) as Backcountry Horsemen Day to acknowledge contributions of the Backcountry Horsemen of Washington, a statewide nonprofit organization that provides volunteer services to federal, state and local government agencies to help maintain recreational trails, trailheads, campgrounds and other facilities. The Methow Valley Backcountry Horsemen (MVBCH) chapter has been...

MV Irrigation District reviews design options for water diversion project

By Ann McCreary
With construction estimates over budget, directors of the Methow Valley Irrigation District (MVID) are evaluating design options to try to bring down costs on the $10 million …