Lyon receives $5 million as part of the agreement A lawsuit over the 2015 Twisp River Fire was settled just before arguments were scheduled in Washington Supreme Court, awarding $5 million to firefighter Daniel Lyon, who was severely burned in the blaze. The settlement also resolved claims by federal and state agencies for fire-suppression costs […]
Okanogan County Electric Co-op
Four Okanogan County Electric Coop board positions up for election
The Okanogan County Electric Cooperative (OCEC) seeks candidates for its board of directors. Elections will be held at OCEC’s annual member meeting on April 20. Candidates must be OCEC members; in other words, they must purchase electricity from the cooperative. Four of the seven board seats are up for election this year. The terms of […]
Thornton appointed to electric co-op board
The Okanogan County Electric Cooperative (OCEC) board of directors has selected Travis Thornton to replace Chris Legler, who resigned from the OCEC board in September. Thornton will run for election to the position in April 2020. Thornton is an attorney with extensive experience in real estate. He is currently a partner with SSL Law Firm, […]
Overnight power outage will affect most electric co-op customers
Most customers of the Okanogan County Electric Co-operative (OCEC) will have one more power outage so utility technicians can make the final connection to supply power to Winthrop and Mazama via the Pateros-Twisp transmission line. The overnight outage will last eight hours and 15 minutes from June 30 to July 1. It will begin at […]
Twisp sees the light with new street fixtures
Twisp has new, more energy-efficient LED streetlights, after older streetlights were replaced last month through a program called “Relight Washington.” The LED streetlights will save the town money…
PUD works toward adoption of 2018 budget
The Okanogan County Public Utility District (PUD) is working on a $51.6 million operating budget for 2018 for its electric power and broadband divisions, plus another $8.7 million for capital projects.
Funding for capital projects includes $263,000 to connect the new Pateros-Twisp transmission line to …
Co-op customers wait till 2018 for powerline hookup
Although the new Pateros-Twisp transmission line has been providing power to the Methow Valley since last week, customers of the Okanogan County Electric Co-operative in Winthrop and Mazama will have to wait until next year until they’re served by the new line.
Electric cooperative proposes 3-percent rate increase
Only two members showed up for a meeting Monday (Aug. 7) to discuss a planned rate increase by Okanogan County Electric Cooperative (OCEC), and one of them was married to an OCEC board member.
The OCEC board is proposing a rate increase that averages about 3 percent for most users in 2018 and 2019, said Curtis Edwards, OCEC board president.
DNR suit seeks OCEC reimbursement for Twisp River Fire
The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) filed a lawsuit last fall against the Okanogan County Electric Cooperative, seeking more than $1 million to reimburse DNR’s expenses for firefighting and investigation of the 2015 Twisp River Fire.
Four candidates seek spots on OCEC board
Four people, including two incumbents, are candidates for three at-large seats on the Okanogan County Electric Cooperative (OCEC) board of directors.
Members of OCEC can mail their ballots, bring them to the OCEC office, or submit their ballots at the OCEC annual meeting on April 17 at the Barn in Winthrop. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and …