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Methow, county representatives testify in favor of fire relief funds in Olympia

Methow, county representatives testify in favor of fire relief funds in Olympia

Methow Valley and Okanogan County representatives testified last Thursday (Jan. 29) before the state House Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs Committee, supporting the need for economic recovery funds for areas affected by the Carlton Complex Fire. The committee heard from Rep. Brad Hawkins (R-East Wenatchee), who is sponsoring HB 1125, which would provide an...
Proposed laws emphasize local resources for firefighting

Proposed laws emphasize local resources for firefighting

By Marcy Stamper
The Okanogan County commissioners are not the only ones looking to manage firefighting at the local level — several bills currently under consideration by state lawmakers would shift some responsibility for firefighting into local hands. One bill would require the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) …
PUD commissioners set to decide future of Enloe Dam next week

PUD commissioners set to decide future of Enloe Dam next week

By Marcy Stamper
The Okanogan County Public Utility District (PUD) commissioners will consider two resolutions next week that could decide the fate of Enloe Dam — whether to reenergize it to generate power or to remove the dam from the Similkameen River. The dam, near Oroville, has not produced power …
Parts of charred Methow landscape face uncertain future

Parts of charred Methow landscape face uncertain future

By Ann McCreary
Because they are adapted to fire, the forest and shrub-steppe lands burned in the Carlton Complex Fire can be expected to recover, although many areas of the Methow Valley landscape will remain changed for the rest of our lifetimes. “Our regular haunts are changed,” said Susan …
County’s comp plan to get another hearing

County’s comp plan to get another hearing

By Marcy Stamper
The Okanogan County commissioners took testimony on the county’s comprehensive plan at a hearing on Monday (Feb. 2), but they still want more time to review the plan before making a final decision…
Senior Center uses Facebook posts to expose ‘after-hours shoppers’

Senior Center uses Facebook posts to expose ‘after-hours shoppers’

By Ann McCreary
Fed up with people taking donated items left for the Rummage Room after hours, Methow Valley Senior Citizens Association board president Judy Tonseth recently posted photos taken by a surveillance camera …
Winthrop awards contract for Bluff Street project

Winthrop awards contract for Bluff Street project

By Don Nelson
A contract to complete a substantial street and water improvement project on upper Bluff Street was approved last week by the Winthrop Town Council. The lowest qualified bidder on the long-awaited project was Hurst …
Cancelled hockey tournament causes economic ripples

Cancelled hockey tournament causes economic ripples

By Laurelle Walsh
The last-minute cancellation of a youth hockey tournament dampened the spirits of Winthrop lodging and business owners who had planned for an influx of visitors last weekend. Six youth hockey teams from …
Transit authority on track to begin bus service this summer

Transit authority on track to begin bus service this summer

By Ann McCreary
Building a new public transportation system from the ground up is a slow process, but the fledgling Okanogan County Transit Authority (OCTA) is moving steadily forward and expects wheels on the ground in July. “It seems like a …

Judge rules for state in Hwy 153 condemnation case

Judge rules for state in Hwy 153 condemnation case

By Ann McCreary
A judge has ruled that the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) can acquire a small piece of private property through condemnation to complete repairs to flood-damaged Highway 153 at Benson Creek. The property …