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Containment expected soon on forest fire straddling Canadian border

Containment expected soon on forest fire straddling Canadian border

Firefighters were expected to contain the U.S. portion of a small fire on the Canadian border by Tuesday (April 21), the U.S. Forest Service said in a press release. The fire is north of Chopaka Mountain on lands managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management. U.S. and Canadian crews have been involved fighting the...
Bill allowing more local firefighting gets full Legislative support

Bill allowing more local firefighting gets full Legislative support

A bill intended to expedite firefighting by allowing people to fight a fire on private or public land before it spreads passed unanimously in both the state House and Senate in the past month. The legislation would also make better use of local resources near a fire and create a network …
Individual slots still left in Sunflower Marathon and Relay

Individual slots still left in Sunflower Marathon and Relay

The 35th annual Sunflower Marathon and Relay, traversing the upper Methow Valley from Mazama to Twisp, will be staged on May 9. The marathon is run on both private and public lands, through forests, hillsides, ranchlands, and backroads. The route is lined with colorful arrowleaf balsamroot in bloom. Participants have the option of running the...
Mountain Lions do well in 16-team K Valley Rally track meet

Mountain Lions do well in 16-team K Valley Rally track meet

Ben Klemmeck took first place in the 3,200-meter run, and Lauren Fitzmaurice and Natalie Treise blazed to a one-two finish in the 100-meter hurdles, as the Liberty Bell High School track teams returned to post-spring break action at the K Valley Rally in Kittitas on Friday (April 17). The boys’ team scored 58.33 points to...
Kids fish for prizes at Pearrygin on Saturday

Kids fish for prizes at Pearrygin on Saturday

Saturday (April 25) is opening day of fishing season, when the Methow Eagles holds its annual fishing derby at the East Campground boat launch at Pearrygin Lake State Park. “We’re looking forward to a great fishing season,” said Okanogan Highlands Area Manager Rick Lewis. Derby registration starts at 8 a.m. Prizes will be given in...
Sports briefs: April 22, 2015

Sports briefs: April 22, 2015

Deadline for special hunt permits Hunters have through May 20 to apply for special hunting permits for fall deer, elk, mountain goat, moose, bighorn sheep and turkey seasons in Washington state. Permit winners will be selected through a random drawing conducted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) in late June. The special...
Mushroom harvesting permits now available

Mushroom harvesting permits now available

Permits are now on sale for commercial harvesting of mushrooms from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Permits will be sold at local ranger stations and the U.S. Forest Service headquarters office. Areas where commercial harvesting of mushrooms may occur include portions of the national forest burned in the Carlton Complex Fire in the Methow Valley Ranger...
News of Record: April 22, 2015

News of Record: April 22, 2015

Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office April 13 ANIMAL NOISE: Caller on Benson Creek Drive, Twisp, reported that a neighbor’s dog was barking incessantly since 6 a.m. TRESPASSING: A trespassing incident was reported on Benson Creek Drive. April 18 MISSING PERSON: Caller on Evans Road, Winthrop, reported that their daughter had not returned from a walk and...

20 years ago, April 20, 1995 30 years ago, April 25, 1985 Editorial by John Fleming: Six guns and Winnebagos I am beginning to see how completely handcuffed the Town of Winthrop is by its limited parking. This past weekend, for the opening of fishing season, the town was the busiest it has been since...
Celebrate 17 years with The Cove

Celebrate 17 years with The Cove

The Cove, the downtown Twisp institution that provides a food bank and so much more, will celebrate its 17 anniversary with an open house on April 30 from noon-4 p.m. Hot dogs and desserts will be served and everyone is invited, said Executive Director Glenn Schmekel. The Cove’s programs, in addition to its weekly food...