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ECOLOGY
Environmentalist, author, journalist Bill McKibben speaks this weekend in Winthrop

Environmentalist, author, journalist Bill McKibben speaks this weekend in Winthrop

By Laurelle Walsh
Rarely, but every so often, does a bona fide rock star make an appearance in our fair valley. On Sunday (May 18), Bill McKibben, a certifiable rock star of the …
USFS sets meeting to discuss Flagg Mountain drilling proposal

USFS sets meeting to discuss Flagg Mountain drilling proposal

The U.S. Forest Service will host a meeting on Monday (May 19) at the Winthrop Barn to provide information about a proposed minerals exploration project on Flagg Mountain. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Methow Valley District Ranger Michael Liu said the meeting will not be a public hearing but rather an opportunity for the...
Comment on Methow Valley river projects

Comment on Methow Valley river projects

Proposals for four river-restoration projects intended to improve conditions for endangered and threatened salmon in the Methow Valley have been submitted to Okanogan County for environmental review or permit exemptions. Yakama Nation Fisheries is working on a project that would enhance fish habitat on the Twisp River. The project involves the construction of three engineered...
County crews mixing plant matter and soil on Texas Creek

County crews mixing plant matter and soil on Texas Creek

By Marcy Stamper
Okanogan County Public Works crews have done more erosion-prevention work and cleaned up related debris from trees that had been deposited on steep slopes above Texas Creek, according to …
Drilling concerns aired

Drilling concerns aired

By Ann McCreary
Community members and representatives of environmental groups met Monday (April 28) with U.S. Forest Service officials to discuss concerns about exploratory drilling for copper proposed to take place as early as August near Flagg Mountain in Mazama. Concerns included potential impacts on wildlife and water, noise levels that might …
Debris dumped along Texas Creek prompts talks between agencies 

Debris dumped along Texas Creek prompts talks between agencies 

By Marcy Stamper

In response to citizen concerns about branches, tree trunks and large root wads deposited on a steep embankment on Texas Creek, representatives from Okanogan County Public Works and the Washington Department of Ecology have discussed the county’s practices for handling vegetation and brush. Representatives of the county and the...

B.C. company to explore Mazama-area copper mining

B.C. company to explore Mazama-area copper mining

By Ann McCreary

A Canadian mining company is proposing to conduct exploratory drilling in a search for copper on Flagg Mountain near Mazama, with the intention of beginning in August. The company is proposing to drill 15 holes to depths of up to 1,900 feet on U.S. Forest Service land in an...

Buckhorn Gold Mine gets new water-quality permit

By Marcy Stamper
The state Department of Ecology has issued a new permit to the Buckhorn Gold Mine covering water quality and …

Ecology to county: no more money for shorelines plan, but experts available

By Marcy Stamper
Okanogan County will not be getting any extra money from the state Department of Ecology to help finish its plan that protects shorelines, but an Ecology manager commended county staff for their work over the past decade and reiterated …

Environmental review of comp plan in the works

By Marcy Stamper
People who have been awaiting the next stage of the county’s comprehensive plan—the environmental analysis of the current draft, which has changed substantially from the one that was the basis for the last environmental impact statement—should soon have …