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Winthrop near hiring deputies

Winthrop near hiring deputies

>By Don Nelson
The Town of Winthrop has made employment offers to fill two deputy marshal positions, and one of the new hires may look familiar. Deputy Ken Bajema had submitted his resignation from the marshal’s office in June but then …
State’s salmon recovery funding board tours Methow

State’s salmon recovery funding board tours Methow

Staff from the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board hosted a tour of the Methow Valley for members of the Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board last Wednesday (Sept. 17). Representatives from National Marine Fisheries Service out of Portland, Oregon, and Washington, D.C., also attended, according to a recovery board press release. The tour included visits...
Dispute slows Highway 153 repairs

Dispute slows Highway 153 repairs

By Ann McCreary
Repair work on a washout at Benson Creek on State Highway 153 has been slowed because an adjacent property owner is not allowing construction crews onto his property.
County ponders changes to land-use hearings, appeals

County ponders changes to land-use hearings, appeals

By Marcy Stamper
The Okanogan County commissioners are considering revisions to the county code that would affect who reviews applications for land-use matters such as subdivisions, planned developments and conditional-use permits, as well as countywide policies like …
Beware of fire-related fundraising scams

Beware of fire-related fundraising scams

By Marcy Stamper
Donors and beneficiaries to fundraising campaigns for people affected by the summer’s fires and floods are advised to be alert to the potential for scams and fraud. There have been reports of people who have set up online campaigns receiving calls requesting …
County: proposed plan would have no adverse environmental impact

County: proposed plan would have no adverse environmental impact

The Okanogan County planning director has issued a final determination on the environmental impact statement for the comprehensive plan, finding that the plan would not have an adverse environmental impact. The final determination under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) pertains to the environmental impact statement issued in May, which has not been changed, said...
Methow cattle ranchers take part in WSU wolf study

Methow cattle ranchers take part in WSU wolf study

By Ann McCreary
Cattle ranchers Shauna and Dave Hicks said they had “mixed feelings” when they were asked to participate this summer in research investigating conflicts between wolves and livestock, funded by the Washington state Legislature. “As most ranchers would say, the less …
FEMA appeal paints stark picture of fires’ physical and emotional toll

FEMA appeal paints stark picture of fires’ physical and emotional toll

By Marcy Stamper
In stark numbers and emotional accounts, the governor toughened his case for a disaster declaration to help individuals and families affected by the summer’s wildfires. New numbers included …
Creek accommodations

Creek accommodations

Tim Evans, construction and maintenance project lead for Pearrygin, Conconully and Curlew state parks, excavates a 12-foot wide channel where Pearrygin Creek will flow under the road into Pearrygin Lake State Park’s now-closed west campground. The creek, which has been flowing over the road since the massive debris flow in 2011, will be back in...
Transit authority hires first general manager

Transit authority hires first general manager

By Ann McCreary
Okanogan County Transit Authority (OCTA), the fledgling public transportation system approved by voters last year, has hired a general manager.