Aug. 28, 2013 - News Briefs

Liberty Caucus endorses Dansel

ELLENSBURG – The Republican Liberty Caucus of Washington is endorsing Ferry County Commissioner Brian Dansel for 7th Legislative District state senator.

Dansel is running against incumbent Sen. John Smith, R-Colville.

“Brian Dansel is a man who will is willing to work with other leaders and local elected officials, but will not compromise on constitutional principles, including defending property rights and developing real solutions to the wolf issue,” Okanogan County Liberty Caucus representative Pamela Leslie said.

Leslie said the board agreed with 95 percent of the answers Dansel, R-Republic, gave on a six-page candidate survey. He also signed the Freedom Agenda.

Dansel finished second in the Aug. 6 primary election with 29.0 percent of the vote. Smith finished first with 50.4 percent.

The third-place finisher, Mike Brunson of Springdale, has also endorsed Dansel.

Osoyoos inundated with goose poop

OSOYOOS, B.C. – Mayor Stu Wells says his city is being overrun by geese.

“They defecate about 3 pounds per day, per bird, in our park land,” he told Canadian media. “It’s really quite an unhealthy situation.”

Wells said Osoyoos is one of several cities north of the border dealing with geese problems.

So, he said he’ll be calling on the Union of B.C. Municipalities to help resolve the bird problem when the organization has its convention in September.

Election officials to test equipment

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County elections officials will test ballot-county equipment at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 18.

The logic and accuracy test is being conducted in compliance with Washington Administrative Code 434-335.

During testing, a “deck” of ballots will be processed through disabled-access units. The test will check tabulating and programming accuracy.

Democrat Dennis Montes and Republican Teri Mitschelen have been invited to observe the testing.

Methow Valley road closed for repairs

WINTHROP — Upper War Creek road will be closed for repairs Aug. 26.

War Creek Road, 4430-100 is closed from Forest Road 4430 to the War Creek Trailhead.

“There are several trailheads up the Twisp River Drainage,” Methow Valley Ranger District wilderness specialist Laurie Dowie said. “War Creek connects the Twisp River to Stehekin on Lake Chelan. The trail from War Creek crosses portions of the Lake Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness and the North Cascades National Park.

“We will work with the contractor to get the road repair finished as quickly as possible, but people planning trips in that area between mid-August and late September should plan alternate routes.”

The road, west of Twisp, was damaged during the spring rains in 2011.

Ferry County agrees to trail camera

REPUBLIC – Ferry County commissioners agreed Aug. 12 to spend up to $400 for a trail camera to monitor vandalism on the Golden Tiger Pathway trail.

The pathway committee also asked commissioners set a speed limit of 20 mph on the trail to make it safer.

In other business, the board:

Heard a request from the 13-member Kettle River Advisory Board to limit the number members to seven. The board has not had more than four active members for several years.

Stevens County would have to agree; no action was taken.

Signed final paperwork for a federal grant for a building to house Noxious Weed Control Board equipment. Construction tentatively is set to be completed by winter.

— The Chronicle

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