The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced Tuesday (No. 27) that the North Cascades Highway will close for the season at 4 p.m. on Wednesday (Nov. 28). WSDOT said in a press release that many of the avalanche chutes have filled on the 37-mile stretch of the highway that is closed for the winter, […]
New cost estimate sinks re-electrification plans By Marcy Stamper After 13 years of planning, permitting and number-crunching for Enloe Dam, a new estimate that puts the cost of rebuilding the dam at more than twice the original amount has sunk the project. Two weeks after receiving a price of $70.4 million to rebuild Enloe, the […]
What’s news to you? It’s been a busy year with lots of attention-grabbing headlines. For our annual Year in Review issue, we’re planning to identify the top stories of 2018 with your help. It’s simple to participate (except for the deciding part): Pick your own “Top 10” stories – you don’t have to rank them […]
Outdoor and indoor burning limited to improve air quality UNION GAP – A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins 10 a.m. Saturday in Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat and Okanogan Counties due to poor air quality in the region. Restrictions on burning will continue until further notice. The Washington […]
By Marcy Stamper A 30-year-old man died this week when his truck went off Smith Canyon Road, a primitive road near Carlton, according to the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office and Okanogan County coroner. The accident victim, Andrew Schreiber, worked as a caretaker at Skalitude Retreat, an event and education center at the end of Smith […]
Stage 1 burn ban expires Nov. 14 UNION GAP — Weather conditions have improved, allowing the Washington Department of Ecology to lift a Stage 1 burn ban for Okanogan County at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. The burn ban started Nov. 9 due to stagnant air over North Central Washington, putting communities in the region […]
From the Washington Department of Ecology — Outdoor and indoor burning limited to improve air quality YAKIMA – A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, in Okanogan County due to poor air quality in the region. Restrictions on burning will continue […]
Some clear frontrunners were emerging in local elections following the first general election voting tallies from the Okanogan County Auditor’s Office Tuesday night.
In countywide races:
A fundamental rule of firearms safety — knowing your target and beyond — was apparently broken when a hunter sustained a non-fatal gunshot wound in an incident that occurred in the Little Bridge Creek area on the final weekend of deer hunting season.
Wilted lettuce, carrot tops, melon rinds, apple cores — don’t toss them in trash can after Nov. 9, when an apple maggot quarantine will be imposed in the Methow Valley north of Gold Creek.
The state-imposed quarantine will impact the way Methow Valley households and businesses dispose of food waste for the foreseeable future, under rules designed to slow the spread of apple maggots and protect the region’s commercial apple crop.