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Short- and long-range projects on Methow Trails agenda

Short- and long-range projects on Methow Trails agenda

Methow Trails, the organization responsible for turning the Methow Valley into a cross country skiing destination, doesn’t stop working when the snow melts. Trail crew and volunteers are keeping busy this summer maintaining trails, improving year-round access, upgrading trailheads and …
Legion Hall: a community asset raises funds for overdue renovations

Legion Hall: a community asset raises funds for overdue renovations

American Legion Methow Valley Post 143 has launched a fundraising effort to pay for renovations to the 65-year-old Legion Hall in Twisp. Post members maintain the building with the resources at hand, but a water-stained ceiling, …
Back at The Goat

Back at The Goat

In just about a month, “Lightning Bill” Austin will return to his home away from home — the fire lookout atop Goat Peak — and he couldn’t be happier. When he hikes with his two dogs up to the lookout tower above Mazama at the end of June, it will mark his 21st summer at Goat Peak, where …...
Hearing examiner won’t reconsider ruling on Three Devils Road

Hearing examiner won’t reconsider ruling on Three Devils Road

Okanogan County Hearing Examiner Dan Beardslee has rejected a request to reconsider his recommendation to keep a primitive road in the Chiliwist open to the public. Gamble Land and Timber, the owner of adjacent property, had asked the county to vacate the road. Gamble did not…
More time to comment on county open-space changes

More time to comment on county open-space changes

The Okanogan County commissioners have slightly modified a proposal that would allow owners of businesses such as campgrounds and golf courses that charge a fee to receive a property-tax reduction if they allow the general public to use some areas for free,
Variance sought for building in Chewuch River floodplain

Variance sought for building in Chewuch River floodplain

Owners of property 9 miles north of Winthrop on the Chewuch River have applied for a variance to be able to keep a nonpermitted cabin that is within the 100-year-floodplain. When James and Sherry Leuenberger purchased the property in 2005, it already had an open structure with a roof that …
Decision on exploratory copper drilling expected in July

Decision on exploratory copper drilling expected in July

A decision on whether to permit exploratory drilling for copper near Mazama is expected by mid-July, according to U.S. Forest Service officials conducting an environmental analysis of the proposal. The proposed drilling project has been studied by the Forest Service for more than a year, …
Arts briefs: May 27, 2015

Arts briefs: May 27, 2015

Marracci exhibit in Mazama Paintings by local artist Sue Marracci are on exhibit at the Mazama Country Inn through Aug. 30. The free exhibit is presented by Confluence Gallery. Marracci is a long-time resident of the Methow Valley and has been showing her artwork here since 2004. For more information, call 997-2787. Piano students in...
Comeback puts Lady Lions in state softball tournament

Comeback puts Lady Lions in state softball tournament

The Liberty Bell High School Lady Lions won the game they absolutely had to win on Saturday (May 23), and now are headed for the state 2B softball tournament in Yakima this weekend. Liberty Bell began Saturday’s District 6 regional action in Ephrata with a tough, 13-11 loss to Okanogan. But in the win-or-go-home second...
Mountain Lions send eight to state track and field meet

Mountain Lions send eight to state track and field meet

Liberty Bell High School will send eight athletes — six boys and two girls — to the state track and field meet that begins Thursday (May 28) at Eastern Washington University in Cheney and continues through Saturday. All advanced by placing fourth or higher in events at the 1B/2B District 5/6 championships at Ephrata last Friday (May 22). As...