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Watershed moment

The U.S. and Canada prepare to renegotiate the 50-year-old Columbia River Treaty By Marshall Swearingen High Country News For 16 consecutive days in August, tribal members, environmental activists and others gathered along the banks of the Columbia River, each day a different group at a different location, working upstream from the river’s mouth at the...
News of Record: October 15, 2014

News of Record: October 15, 2014

Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office Oct. 3 SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY: It was reported that two people were camping out in a trailer near Twin Lakes Drive and Larkspur Drive, Winthrop, and it was possible they weren’t supposed to be there. Oct. 4 NOISE COMPLAINT: Caller on West Chewuch Road, Winthrop, complained about noise and dust at a...
From Back Issues: October 15, 2014

From Back Issues: October 15, 2014

20 years ago — Oct. 20, 1994 40 years ago, Oct. 17, 1974 Forest Land Use Planning May Determine Future of Resort Project Development of a major four-seasons ski resort near Mazama depends on the outcome of an environmental impact statement now being prepared by the Okanogan National Forest, according to Early Winters Project Director Jerry Blann...
Mazama: October 15, 2014

Mazama: October 15, 2014

By Bob Spiwak It’s Monday (Oct. 13), and so far this morning a generally cloudy day. The trees are coloring up and down the valley. As usual, the farther west and higher up one goes, the more spectacular the view becomes. This year, with our mostly windy days and nights, a lot of the leaves...
Winthrop: October 15, 2014

Winthrop: October 15, 2014

By Ashley Lodato Like many others in the wake of the summer’s fires (not to mention Joni Mitchell), I’m starting to look at clouds from both sides now. When I see a big cloud piling up behind a ridge my first thought is not “flows of angel hair” but instead “fire!” I find myself scrutinizing...
Twisp: October 15, 2014

Twisp: October 15, 2014

By Sally Gracie In the 15 years since I arrived in the Methow Valley, I’ve been privileged to meet — and sometimes write about —many intelligent and beautiful young women: artists and craftswomen, cooks and garden farmers; all are accomplished at their vocations.  Each, like Katie Russell, the woman I met today, has real passion for...
Cut off

Cut off

By Marcy Stamper
A simple phone call can travel thousands of miles before the phone rings in your friend’s house just a few towns over. The process seems so ordinary that most of us take it for granted — that is, until there’s no dial tone or, worse, you repeatedly dial 911 and can’t get...
Methow Valley leads the county in new construction

Methow Valley leads the county in new construction

By Marcy Stamper
The almost $42 million in the value of new construction in Okanogan County added over the past 12 months mirrors a trend seen over the past five years, which has seen only minor fluctuations. The value of building activity this year is 7 percent less than the value …
District 6 seeks levy increase to fund new station

District 6 seeks levy increase to fund new station

By Ann McCreary
Voters who live within the boundaries of Okanogan County Fire District 6 will be asked next month to decide whether they want to pay more in property taxes to finance construction of a new fire station in Winthrop. Proposition 1 on the Nov. 4 general election ballot asks voters to determine...
Highway 153 finally re-opened to through traffic; repairs continue

Highway 153 finally re-opened to through traffic; repairs continue

By Ann McCreary
In a push to get state highways 153 and 20 open before a federal emergency contract ends, construction crews worked through the weekend to complete paving damaged sections to allow traffic through. Highway 153 was finally opened to traffic on Monday (Oct. 13) after…