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Burn ban announced for Okanogan county and others

Burn ban announced for Okanogan county and others

    Worsening air quality conditions in north central Washington are prompting Stage 1 burn bans to be added for Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties, and an existing ban to extend in Kittitas County over the weekend and through the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the Washington Department of Ecology said Thursday (Jan....

Legislative leaders agree: basic education funding to dominate 2017 session

By Grace Swanson WNPA Olympia News Bureau OLYMPIA – Finding the dollars to meet the Supreme Court’s mandate to fully fund basic education as required by the state constitution is the dominant issue facing Washington legislators in the 2017 session. A major amount of education funding is now raised through local tax levies. The state...
Comment period extended for USFS outfitter proposal

Comment period extended for USFS outfitter proposal

The comment period has been extended on a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) for commercial pack and saddle stock outfitter guides who lead trips in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service has extended the comment period that …
FEDERAL ACTION CLOSES METHOW HEADWATERS AREA TO NEW MINING FOR TWO YEARS

FEDERAL ACTION CLOSES METHOW HEADWATERS AREA TO NEW MINING FOR TWO YEARS

More than 340,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land in the upper Methow Valley are closed to new mineral exploration and mining for the next two years, while federal agencies evaluate whether the land should be protected for up to 20 years. In a victory for the local Methow Headwaters Campaign, which has worked to protect...

News office closed on Friday, Dec. 23

The Methow Valley News office will be closed on Friday (Dec. 23). We will resume our regular hours on Monday (Dec. 26). We wish happy holidays to our readers.

Gear Up for the Holidays at TwispWorks, then shop downtown Twisp on Dec. 8

TwispWorks presents “Gear Up for the Holidays” on Thursday (Dec. 8), a celebration that will transform the campus into a Dickensian village for shopping, touring art studios, music, caroling, Christmas tree lighting, Santa’s workshop, food and drink. The free event is from 4-7 p.m. For more information, call 997‑3300. Also on Thursday, many downtown Twisp...

North Cascades Highway is closed for the 2016 winter

The North Cascades Highway is officially closed for the winter, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced on Monday (Nov. 21). The highway had been closed from mileposts 134 to 171 (the Silver Star gate west of Mazama) at 9 a.m. on Friday (Nov. 18) because of concerns about impending storms and potential avalanche...

Early deadlines for Methow Valley News

The Methow Valley News will have early publication deadlines for the issue of Nov. 23 because of the Thanksgiving holiday. News and advertising materials must be submitted by Friday (Nov. 18) for the Nov. 23 issue. We will be sending the newspaper to the printer on Monday night (Nov. 21). The Nov. 23 issue will...

BRANCH, HOVER LEAD EARLY RETURNS IN RACES FOR COUNTY COMMISSION SEATS

Challenger Chris Branch held an early lead over incumbent Okanogan County Commissioner Sheilah Kennedy for the District 1 seat in returns posted Tuesday (Nov. 8) by the Okanogan County Auditor’s Office. In the District 2 contest (which includes the Methow Valley), Andy Hover took an early lead over Ashley Thrasher in the race to replace...

METHOW VALLEY NEWS DELIVERY RUNNING LATE (Nov. 2)

    Due to mechanical malfunctions at the Wenatchee World‘s printing facility, the Methow Valley News is going to come out a little late this week. We expect it to arrive in the Methow Valley around 5 – 6 tonight.   It will be delivered to as many newsstands as we can reach tonight, but...