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April 16, 2014- Business Briefs



Stonerose names interim director

REPUBLIC — Katherine Meade, a longtime Ferry County resident and business owner, has been named interim executive director of Stonerose Interpretive Center.

“I am thrilled and honored to begin a new chapter of my life and to be a bigger part of the Stonerose family,” she said.

The Stonerose board said it is excited that Meade will build on the last 25 years of Lisa Barksdale and Catherine Brown’s legacy, and take Stonerose to a new level of service.

Property taxes due this month

OKANOGAN – First half property taxes and irrigation assessments are due April 30.

Payments must be postmarked by that date, or paid in person or by credit card, Treasurer Leah McCormack said.

Interest and penalties will start accruing May 1.

Payments may be mailed to Okanogan County Treasurer, P.O. Box 111, Okanogan 98840.

Credit card payments may be made to www.officialpayments.com or 800-272-9829. The jurisdiction number is 5633,

A convenience fee will be charged.

Cards are not accepted at the counter, 149 N. Third Ave.

Local wine expert judges contest

WINTHROP — Sun Mountain Lodge Wine Director Don Elsing served as a judge last week at the second annual Great Northwest Wine Competition in Hood River, Ore.

More than 900 wines were submitted for consideration from 150 wineries in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

“Under Don Elsing’s leadership, Sun Mountain Lodge has received numerous awards for its long and impressive wine list,” the lodge said.

“The Wine Cellar at Sun Mountain contains one of the most extensive resort wine collections in the Pacific Northwest: 3,500 bottles and over 420 labels from Washington state.”

Utility contracts

for bird hazing

AZWELL — The Douglas County Public Utility District has amended its contract with Columbia Research to pay up to $30,000 for more bird hazing services at Wells Hatchery, 24621 U.S. Highway 97.

Hazing involves varying methods of disrupting animals to the point they choose to relocate from an area. In this case, the goal is to prevent birds from eating steelhead and salmon.

The three-year agreement with the Chelan-based Columbia Research totals a maximum $290,000.

– The Chronicle



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