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County will get $3 million for two years of lost timber revenue

County will get $3 million for two years of lost timber revenue

Okanogan County will get $3 million for roads, schools and fire prevention, money the federal government pays to compensate counties for a loss of income from logging on federal lands. Half of the money is for this year, and half is an overdue payment for last year. After a two-year delay that allowed the program...
Bluff Street work will hold up traffic in Winthrop much of May, June, July

Bluff Street work will hold up traffic in Winthrop much of May, June, July

After several years of anticipation by Winthrop residents, the Bluff Street construction project is scheduled to start on May 4. Wenatchee firm Hurst Construction was awarded the contract with the Town of Winthrop. Sixty working days in the construction contract puts the completion date on July 24, or earlier, according to Public Works Superintendent Rick...
Winthrop will attempt to educate errant bicyclists

Winthrop will attempt to educate errant bicyclists

Some bicyclists will be cited, most will get a lecture on laws and safety By Don Nelson Spend any amount of time in Winthrop and you’ll hear the complaints about bicyclists. They don’t obey the laws, which require that they observe the same rules of the road as motorized vehicles. They blast through the four-way...
Okanogan watershed on drought list; local outlook still fairly normal

Okanogan watershed on drought list; local outlook still fairly normal

Although the Methow River watershed is still registering fairly normal seasonal readings for snowpack and water levels, the Okanogan River basin was included on the latest drought declaration for the state issued by Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday (April 17). The 13 watersheds on the expanded list mean the drought emergency …
Filing opens soon for local elected offices

Filing opens soon for local elected offices

Filing week for elected offices that will be on the November ballot in Okanogan County is May 11–15. Candidates can file two ways: • By submitting a Declaration of Candidacy by mail between April 27 and May 15. Candidates can also come into the auditor’s office from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. weekdays. • Online during filing...
Burned ‘hazard’ trees removed from Loup Highway

Burned ‘hazard’ trees removed from Loup Highway

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has finished removing between 100 and 150 burned trees that posed a risk to motorists on the Loup Loup Highway. The trees — mostly ponderosa pine and some Douglas fir — were cut and hauled off from a two-mile section of Highway 20 on the west side of Loup Loup Pass, according...
News briefs: April 22, 2015

News briefs: April 22, 2015

Property taxes due next week Okanogan County property tax payments and irrigation assessments are due to the county treasurer this month, and must be postmarked by April 30. Taxpayers paying in two installments must pay the first half by April 30 and the second half by Oct. 31. Payments can be made in person or...
BPA hosts meeting on proposed fish acclimation project

BPA hosts meeting on proposed fish acclimation project

By Don Nelson The Bonneville Power Administration is hosting a public information meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday (April 23) at the Winthrop Barn to discuss the proposed Upper Columbia Spring Chinook and Steelhead Acclimation Project, which the agency is planning for the Methow Valley. BPA would help fund the project, which would develop fish...
Co-op elects board members, hears updates on operations

Co-op elects board members, hears updates on operations

Members of the Okanogan County Electric Cooperative (OCEC) re-elected two board members at the co-op’s 76th annual meeting on April 13, and heard status reports on OCEC operations and activities. Paul Taylor (District 3) and Dave Gens (District 4), both running unopposed, were easily re-elected to the board with only …
Bill allowing more local firefighting gets full Legislative support

Bill allowing more local firefighting gets full Legislative support

A bill intended to expedite firefighting by allowing people to fight a fire on private or public land before it spreads passed unanimously in both the state House and Senate in the past month. The legislation would also make better use of local resources near a fire and create a network …