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Lightning storm ignites two small fires in North Cascades

Lightning storm ignites two small fires in North Cascades

A hand crew from the U.S. Forest Service had completed a fire line around 30 percent of a 1/10-acre fire caused by lightning near Silver Star Creek on the North Cascades Highway as of Friday afternoon (May 22). The fire was burning in timber and brush about one-quarter mile off the North Cascades Highway on...

State grant to boost Twisp’s economy

Good news for the Twisp: The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today (Thursday, May 21) approved $1,672,500 in grants and loans for infrastructure development and economic feasibility studies targeting business growth and job creation, which includes a $50,000 grant to the Town of Twisp to develop a Twisp Business Revitalization Plan. According to...
County hearing examiner: Three Devils Road should remain open to public

County hearing examiner: Three Devils Road should remain open to public

If the Okanogan County commissioners follow a recommendation from the county’s hearing examiner, the primitive road that leads over the ridge from the Chiliwist to the Methow Valley and the Loup Loup summit will remain open to the public. “Three Devils Road is useful to the County Road system as an emergency evacuation route, as...

Prescribed burning update for the Upper Rendezvous burn unit

The U.S. Forest Service said this morning (April 30) that it has received approval to burn a portion of the Upper Rendezvous burn unit. The burn involves about 160-180 acres and is located at Rendezvous Pass between Fawn Creek and Cub Creek, about 7 miles northwest of Winthrop. The weather forecast predicts steady winds out...

School district seeks advice about next MV Elementary principal

What qualities and characteristics would you like to see in the next principal for Methow Valley Elementary School? The Methow Valley School District invites community members to provide suggestions about qualifications and other priorities for the district to use in hiring the next principal. People can make suggestions at a community forum on Monday (April...
The answer is: yes, still time to register for Trivia Night

The answer is: yes, still time to register for Trivia Night

Registration closes next Tuesday (April 21) for Trivia Night, an evening of friendly mental competition to benefit Public School Funding Alliance that will take place on April 27. Four-person teams compete in three rounds of written questions covering a wide range of topics including pop culture, literature, geography, sports, history, math, science, art, music, and...

Travel delays over Loup Loup highway

Motorists traveling over Loup Loup Pass (Highway 20 between Twisp and Okanogan) can expect short delays next week as Washington State Department of Transportation crews clean ditches and complete other drainage work. Flaggers will control traffic from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Thursday (April 13-16).

Studded tires must come off

A reminder from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT): The deadline for removing studded tires is Tuesday (March 31). Under state law, driving with studded tires after March 31 is a traffic infraction and could result in a $124 ticket. WSDOT crews will continue to monitor roads, passes and forecasts and work to clear...
North Cascades Highway clearing to begin March 16

North Cascades Highway clearing to begin March 16

The annual effort to reopen the North Cascades Highway will begin Monday (March 16) from the east side, and work from the west side will start on March 23, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT said Wednesday (March 11). “Stabilization work on a rock slope west of Rainy Pass is expected to be finished...

Daylight saving time

Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday (March 8). Set all of your clocks one hour ahead to ensure you’re on the same schedule as everyone else.