Farming Community. Photo by Christian Heitz

The TwispWorks economic analysis of the Methow Valley is a good analysis of the demographic and economic characteristics of the Valley. Most noticeable is the economic disparity between new residents who have for various reasons chosen to move from urban environments to rural Methow. Many are able to remotely work and maintain large salaries in the $200,000 range. This living standard is in contrast to the average income of Okanogan County residents of $57,779 annually. This is compared to other statistics where the population is aging and poverty is increasing among long term residents.

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OKANOGAN COUNTY – Democrats in the State Legislature and Executive branch have added another new payroll tax for all workers in Washington state, starting on January 1st, 2022. They have also raised the rate, by 50%, of another payroll tax that was imposed last year. In coming years, it is expected that there will be further steep tax increases for these taxes that come out of every worker’s paychecks, because the entitlement programs that they fund are not actuarially realistic with their projections.

Okanogan County Seal

OKANOGAN COUNTY – As an employer, Okanogan County appears to fall under Biden’s Federal "vaccine" mandate for employers of more than 100 workers, via an OSHA emergency rule that is due for full implementation on January 4th, 2022. Okanogan County had just over 400 employees in 2020.

Michelle Randolph, as provided in the Voters Guide

The only school board candidate contesting an incumbent in the MVSD Board is back! Michelle Randolph has resolved her PDC paperwork and paid the fines imposed, reinstating her campaign.

Randolph declares, "No more medical segregation. No more unconditional mandate compliance. No more CRT. No more sex-ed beyond the traditional biology lessons."

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OKANOGAN COUNTY – is offering paid bounties to local writers for accepted articles of interest. The offered rate is 5.5 cents per word, which comes to a bit over $40 for a standard article of about 750 words. No journalism degree is required, but writers should be able to communicate clearly in English, have researched the subject and included the necessary information. Answering the “Five Ws” is a good place to start.