Economist predicts jobless claims to rise gradually as season changes
Unemployment in Okanogan County dipped to 6.5 percent in July, but state and local officials expect that number to go back up as harvest season draws to a close. “It’s always hard to predict, because Okanogan County is so heavily agricultural-based,” regional Labor Economist Don Meseck said of the winter shift in unemployment, which hit 12.5 percent in early 2013. “Unfortunately, I don’t see any change in that.”
Many questions remain for state
Health insurance enrollment through the Affordable Care Act begins next week, and although the state has answers, there are still some major question marks. “Will it work? I don’t think any of us know,” said Carolyn Smith with the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner.
Immediate steps can help alleviate shoulder injuries
To help newborns come into the world as painlessly as possible, Three Rivers Hospital staff has been practicing what to do when a baby’s shoulder is hurt during delivery. An emergency response simulation was conducted Aug. 19, training for a rare condition known as shoulder dystocia.
Aesthetic value of Similkameen Falls a central factor in powerhouse recertification
When it comes to resurrecting a means of generating power through Similkameen Falls, the most contentious debate has been about the impact on aesthetics.
While unemployment decreased to 8 percent in June in Okanogan County, there may be another local indicator of economic improvement: retail sales and hotel/motel tax revenues.
Victim recovering at Sacred Heart Medical Center
A local man will be arraigned at 10 a.m. Friday in Ferry County Superior Court on charges of first-degree attempted murder and first-degree arson.
A local man is calling for a town hall meeting next month to talk about the city’s fire department, citing concerns about training.
Water temperature, flow questioned
The Okanogan County Public Utility District has asked the state to deny conservationists’ petition to clarify the state’s decision upholding a water quality permit issued for Enloe Dam.
Conservationists believe opening roads will damage environment
Some conservationists are suing Okanogan County in an attempt to prevent the majority of county roads from being opened to all-terrain vehicles.
Party is an annual fundraiser for family grief camp
Little boys ran around on Saturday wielding swords and bearing names like, “Red Eddie Byrd,” while girls ate dainty finger food in their poofy princess gowns – and it was all for a good cause.
Okanogan County commissioners are waiting to hear more on a possible land purchase by the Bonneville Power Administration in the Salmon Creek area. The federal agency gave the news last week to the county, which has been working on a study to analyze the impacts of governments’ land acquisitions on the local economy.
Mansfield doesn’t have a graduating class this year
While students around North-Central Washington are preparing to don their caps and gowns, one school will sit out this year’s graduation festivities.
Parade, music, crafts and hoops on tap for town’s weekend festival
This year’s Bridgeport Daze will feature a wide variety of things to see and do, from a parade to live music, arts and crafts, and a basketball tournament.
A public hearing next week will address a proposed zoning change that would allow residences to share building space with retail businesses. The planning commission’s hearing comes on the heels of another hearing at the May 22 City Council meeting.
Budget concerns play a factor for Winthrop, Twisp
The matter of whether Winthrop and Twisp will join forces on law enforcement is still being considered by both towns.
City, fire district also seek more volunteers
The City Council is still looking for one good man – or woman – to fill an open seat. The position was vacated in early April by former council member John LaBree, who resigned when he moved out of town.
Patricia Wood suffered burns from house fire
A local woman is home and on the mend after suffering burns to her face and hands on May 3 when her house burned down.
Superintendent pick could be made this week
Three finalists for superintendent of the Methow Valley School District have been selected, and residents will get a chance to meet them next week.
Measure sets up fund to compenate livestock owners
Livestock owners whose animals are killed by wolves now have some recourse for compensation from the state.
Local trail enthusiasts will celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday with hikes and a work party.
Occupational therapist’s hiring allows swing beds
With the recent hiring of an occupational therapist, Three Rivers Hospital is ready to revive its swing bed program.
Town Council amends ordinance
A local hotel is working on expanding its services, and the Town Council helped the process along last week by green-lighting amendments to the zoning ordinance amendment and land use map. Twisp River Suites, 140 Twisp River Road, has installed two washers and two dryers, both industrial sized, in a small yellow house nearby that will serve as the staff’s laundry facility, owner Joe Marver said.
As filing week wrapped up for Okanogan County elections on Friday, several incumbents’ names were missing from the list of candidates. Among those is Winthrop Mayor Dave Acheson, who said he is not going to seek re-election. In office since January 2006, his second term ends in December.
TUMWATER – The Okanogan County Public Utility District, the state and several environmental groups are waiting for a decision on an appeal regarding a permit issued for Enloe Dam. After two more days
The Okanogan County Public Utility District, the state and several environmental groups are waiting for a decision on an appeal regarding a permit issued for Enloe Dam. After two more days of testimony last week following a four-day hearing in April, the state Pollution Control Hearings Board will consider the legality of a 401 certification issued in July 2012 by the state Department of Ecology.
Study abroad trip included lessons about war, culture
History, music and performance arts – Europe has all three in abundance, and one Pateros graduate recently took full advantage of her school’s study abroad program to experience them.
Brewster has had problems with vehicle break-ins
The penalty for committing multiple vehicle prowls is about to get tougher. Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Thursday declaring that second-degree vehicle prowls will be considered a Class C felony after the third time a suspect commits the crime, and every time after that.
The mayor hopes to see at least a couple hundred citizens at the city’s 100th birthday party on Tuesday.
Patricia Wood has left intensive care
A week after being admitted to a Seattle hospital with severe burns on her face and hands when her home burned down, a local woman hopes to be home soon. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Douglas Okanogan County Fire District 15 Chief Bill Vallance said.
The flood warning on the Okanogan River has been extended to Sunday afternoon, but the threat may be over even sooner.
Celebration of 100th anniversary includes a potluck
Businesses are moving in, parks are growing and tradition carries on in Pateros as the community celebrates its 100th birthday this month. The town has been recovering from being relocated for decades after the building of Wells Dam in the 1960s. After losing nearly half of its population, it has crept back up to about 667, according to the 2010 U.S. census.
The city’s sewer rates are going up, but not as much as anticipated. The City Council has adjusted next month’s increase so it will be 6 cents less than previously announced.
City has build-up in its water supply
When the city public works crew flushed fire hydrants last week, it took about twice as long as usual for the gushing water to run clear. The problem is a build-up of manganese, Public Works Director J.D. Smith said during the May 8 City Council meeting.
Douglas, Grant utilities agree on joint work at Wells
The Douglas County Public Utility District has increased an engineering contract by about $2 million for the fourth phase of its Wells Hatchery modernization project.
The Douglas County Public Utility District will celebrate its 50-year relicensing for the Wells Hydroelectric Project on Tuesday, May 14. At 1:30 p.m., the utility will host a party with cake, speeches and tours of Wells Dam, 28905 U.S. Highway 97.
Prepare to see Old West history come to life this weekend at the 68th annual ‘49er Days celebration. The Ride to Rendezvous wagon train will kick off the weekend’s festivities at noon Friday, arriving in town after its weeklong sojourn through Methow Valley country.
Pat Wood listed in serious condition Monday in Seattle
PATEROS – A woman was in serious condition Monday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after her family’s home burned down last week.