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Warm waters may lead to fishing restrictions in local streams, rivers

Warm waters may lead to fishing restrictions in local streams, rivers

With water temperatures in Methow Valley streams and rivers warming to levels that are harmful for fish, local biologists are monitoring conditions to determine if restrictions on fishing may be needed. “We’ve narrowly avoided implementing a hoot-owl fishery,” said Ryan Fortier, district fisheries biologist for Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) in Okanogan County.
Rattlesnake encounters bring a buzz to the valley

Rattlesnake encounters bring a buzz to the valley

The northern Pacific rattlesnake, Crotalis oreganus, has been turning up in the Methow Valley this summer in numbers sufficient to give some outdoor enthusiasts and their animal companions a new and unnerving definition of “up close and personal.” Wolves, moose, wolverines and the occasional bear all do their part to infuse the valley with a...
Wings over Twisp: Sawtooth Soaring hosts the first Methow Valley glider competition

Wings over Twisp: Sawtooth Soaring hosts the first Methow Valley glider competition

Thirteen gliders — also known as sailplanes — and assorted pilots and support crews began gathering at the Twisp Municipal Airport last Friday (July 24) for a “friendly soaring competition” that continued through today (July 29). While glider pilots have been coming to the Methow Valley for years, this was the first soaring competition based in Twisp, and …
USFS preps for review of Army’s proposed heli training

USFS preps for review of Army’s proposed heli training

In evaluating a U.S. Army proposal to train combat helicopters in the North Cascades, U.S. Forest Service analysts will make sure the Army’s environmental analysis covers all the potential impacts to the national forest. “They’ll do NEPA [National Environmental Policy Act] the Forest Service way — all our species, our bugs, bunnies and ferns,” said Sara White,...
Lois M. LeMoine:1924–2015

Lois M. LeMoine:
1924–2015

Lois passed away on May 17, 2015, at Providence Hospital in Everett while surrounded by family. Lois was born the second of six children to Pete and Hazel Rindal in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in 1924. The family moved to Washington state in 1942. Lois attended high school in Kirkland. After graduation she worked for Boeing...

Maxwell A. Harrison
1937–2015

Twisp resident Maxwell A. Harrison passed away on July 7. He was 78 years old. Harrison is survived by his wife, Vonna L. Harrison; sons James Harrison of Fort Gordon, Georgia, and Maxwell Harrison Jr., of Poplar, Montana; daughter Rose Willis of West Olive, Michigan; eight grandchildren; stepchildren Fred Graves of Lincoln, Washington, Steve Graves...

Legal notices: July 29, 2015

LEGAL NOTICE METHOW VALLEY IRRIGATION DISTRICT NOTICE OF PETITIONS FOR EXCLUSION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that petitions for exclusion of land have been filed with the Board of Directors of the Methow Valley Irrigation District.  The names of the petitioners and the land descriptions, identified by the Okanogan County Assessor’s parcel numbers, to be excluded...
Earnest offers a Wilde look at human conventions, pretensions

Earnest offers a Wilde look at human conventions, pretensions

“A trivial comedy for serious people” is the subtitle of The Importance of Being Earnest, a play that mocks social traditions and is still relevant today, 120 years after it was first performed. “The play pokes fun at how seriously we take our own little dramas,” said Ki Gottberg, who directs the production that opens Friday...
Folksinger Brittany Jean debuts at R&B

Folksinger Brittany Jean debuts at R&B

In an uncharacteristically quiet moment in the beer garden at the Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival, singer-songwriter Brittany Jean made her Methow Valley debut, captivating the audience with only her acoustic guitar and sensitive vocals as she performed what has become an anthem of the Carlton Complex Fire. Just a year ago, as the wildfire...
Chamber music festival merges music, art and nature

Chamber music festival merges music, art and nature

Five inspiring concerts, free performances throughout the valley, and the inauguration of art made from discarded pianos are among the enticements of the 20th-annual Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival. The festival also includes opportunities for behind-the-scenes glimpses of the musicians and how they work their magic, and presentations that will help …