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Teen walks out of N. Cascades after surviving plane crash

Teen walks out of N. Cascades after surviving plane crash

Autumn Veatch, the 16-year-old Bellingham girl who survived a plane crash in the North Cascades, was expected to be released Tuesday evening (July 14) from Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster, where she was …

Teenage survivor of plane crash walks out of mountains

A 16-year-old girl who was one of three passengers in a small private plane that crashed in the North Cascades on Saturday (July 11) walked out to civilization Monday afternoon, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers confirmed.
Forest Service extends campfire bans

Forest Service extends campfire bans

Continued hot, dry weather and the increasing fire hazard have prompted the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest to expand campfire restrictions across the forest. Effective Friday (June 26), building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or briquette fire is prohibited, except at most designated campgrounds, approved sites, and in certain wilderness areas of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National...
Crews tackle spot fires southeast of Twisp

Crews tackle spot fires southeast of Twisp

About two dozen hand crews, a helicopter with a water bucket, and a bulldozer attacked several spot fires southeast of Twisp on Sunday afternoon (June 21). The fires sent up a significant plume of smoke …
County seeks more time to work on zoning; seeks public comment

County seeks more time to work on zoning; seeks public comment

At 178 pages, the county’s zoning code is not an easy read, but it is a vital piece of planning for the county’s future – in essence, the literal plans for growth on the ground. The zoning code puts the philosophical underpinning of the county’s new comprehensive plan into effect in particular neighborhoods and on...
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...