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Conservancy hosts holiday party, photo program on North America’s owls

Conservancy hosts holiday party, photo program on North America’s owls

The Methow Conservancy’s annual holiday party and Conservation Awards presentation on Tuesday (Dec. 6) at the Winthrop Barn will be followed by “Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls,” a presentation by award-winning wildlife photographer Paul Bannick. The free events begin with the party at 6 p.m., offering appetizers and drinks, the...
County reviewing development plan in light of recent court decision

County reviewing development plan in light of recent court decision

The Okanogan County commissioners are reviewing a revised version of a new ordinance that would consolidate procedures for land use and development, including countywide policies like the comprehensive plan, zoning and subdivisions.
WSDOT scales back pedestrian ramps at Winthrop’s four-way stop

WSDOT scales back pedestrian ramps at Winthrop’s four-way stop

The “bulbs” are gone from revised designs for pedestrian ramps at each corner of the four-way stop in downtown Winthrop, after town officials asked the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to reconsider its original plans. At last week’s Winthrop Town Council …
One of two Three Rivers Hospital district levies headed for approval

One of two Three Rivers Hospital district levies headed for approval

Voters are supporting one of two Hospital District 1 (Three Rivers Hospital) tax levy proposals on the primary election ballot. A permanent levy lid lift looks headed for a win, but a one-year special levy proposal that requires supermajority approval seems destined for defeat. The hospital district includes the Methow Valley and portions of Okanogan and...
Confederated Tribes express concerns about proposed Flagg Mountain copper mining

Confederated Tribes express concerns about proposed Flagg Mountain copper mining

Members of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation have expressed concern about the potential for future mining in the upper Methow Valley, and the harm it could cause natural resources, as well as the tribes’ cultural and spiritual connections to that land. Tribal members brought those concerns to a meeting last week with U.S. Forest...
Twisp voters approving sales tax hike for transportation projects

Twisp voters approving sales tax hike for transportation projects

By a wide margin, Twisp voters are approving a new 0.2 percent sales tax to raise money to fund transportation improvements in town. The proposition on the Aug. 2 primary election was passing with 73 percent of Twisp voters approving funding a new Transportation Benefit District (TBD) through the sales tax, based on the votes...
Mountain Lion of the Week: Charlie Thornton-White

Mountain Lion of the Week: Charlie Thornton-White

This week’s Mountain Lion of the Week is senior track and field athlete Charlie Thornton-White. Charlie is an outstanding person and athlete. He has played a key role in qualifying Liberty Bell’s 1,600-meter relay for the state meet this season. Although injury forced him to abandon soccer for track, Charlie took to the new sport...
White-nose syndrome shows up in Wasington

White-nose syndrome shows up in Wasington

The disease that’s wiped out at least 7 million bats in the East and Midwest has now jumped to the West. Hikers in Washington, 30 miles east of Seattle, found a sick little brown bat on March 11 and took it to a wildlife sanctuary, where it died a few days later. The USGS National Wildlife...
County planning group considers changes to zoning code

County planning group considers changes to zoning code

The Okanogan County planning commission is holding a special meeting on Monday (Feb. 29) to discuss amendments to the county’s zoning code. It is not a hearing and public testimony will not be permitted, but people…
News briefs: Feb. 3, 2016

News briefs: Feb. 3, 2016

Special election ballots due Mail-in ballots for the Feb. 9 special election most be postmarked by Election Day. Locally, the only ballot item is for the Methow Valley School District, which is seeking renewal of two property tax levies — one for maintenance and operation, and one for technological support. If you have not received your ballot,...