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Letters to the editor: July 22, 2015

Letters to the editor: July 22, 2015

Assault on the valley Dear Editor: As residents of the Methow Valley, we must object to the proposal for U.S. Army helicopter training in our valley. This valley is very susceptible to noise and air pollution. This training program would have a serious impact on us and our tourism-based economy. This is a quiet and...
We are not a landing zone

We are not a landing zone

Forget the black helicopter jokes and whacko conspiracy theories. What the U.S. Army has in mind for the Methow Valley and a sizable surrounding area is real, a lot scarier and not the least bit funny. The Army wants to substitute the Methow Valley and a substantial swath of North Central Washington for Afghanistan and...
The euro ueber alles

The euro ueber alles

“The European Union has a flag no one salutes, an anthem no one sings, a president no one can name, a parliament whose powers subtract from those of national legislatures, a bureaucracy no one admires or controls, and rules of fiscal rectitude that no one is penalized for ignoring.” — Washington Post columnist George Will...
Sports briefs: July 22, 2015

Sports briefs: July 22, 2015

Junior golf ends season The Junior Golf program at Bear Creek Golf Course wraps up on Thursday (July 23) with a “drive, chip and putt” championship and a three-hole tournament beginning at 3 p.m. There will be a barbecue after the events. Organizer Jill Sheley said that 27 youngsters ages 7-14 participated this summer, about...
Killer Whales swamp Okanogan Bullfrogs

Killer Whales swamp Okanogan Bullfrogs

The Methow Valley Killer Whales swim team doubled up on Okanogan at a home meet at Wagner Memorial Pool on July 14, outscoring the Bullfrogs, 439-218. The girls out-pointed Okanogan by 238-97, while the boys scored 201 points to the Bullfrogs’ 121. Later in the week, swim team members swam laps — as many as they could — in...
Ice rink work progresses

Ice rink work progresses

Larry Miller, his construction crew, and volunteers from the community finished drying-in the new roof at the rink last week. Another crew was expected to finish roofing this week. 0Miller, owner of Big Picture Construction, encourages other contractors to pitch in and help. “Even if you and your crew can give half a day it...
Drought conditions prompt fishing closures, restrictions

Drought conditions prompt fishing closures, restrictions

State fishery managers have closed or restricted fishing on more than 30 rivers throughout Washington to help protect fish in areas where drought conditions have reduced flows and increased water temperatures, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) said in a press release. The closures and restrictions took effect Saturday (July 18) and will...
Widespread drought spells disaster for farmers, fish, people across the state

Widespread drought spells disaster for farmers, fish, people across the state

Officials who oversee water supplies, agriculture and fish don’t have to exaggerate to convey the grim conditions facing Washington as a result of a prolonged drought. Almost 99 percent of the state is classified as being in a “severe drought.” Eighty sturgeon, from 5 to 7 feet long — including breeding females — have been found dead along the...
Marshal’s resignation leaves Winthrop looking for options

Marshal’s resignation leaves Winthrop looking for options

The resignation of Winthrop Marshal Rikki Schwab, which again leaves the town with only one law enforcement officer, is prompting another discussion about whether the Twisp and Winthrop police departments should merge their operations. Schwab, who became marshal in May 2014, confirmed at last week’s Town Council meeting that she is resigning effective Friday (July 24)....

Valley native named to district court seat

Methow Valley native Robert Grim has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Okanogan County District Court. Grim, who is the son of Renda Grim and Robert M. Grim, was sworn in on July 10. He succeeds Heidi Smith, who resigned the position, and joins Judge Charles Short on the District Court bench. Grim...