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Highway 20 closures leave valley with only one way in and out

Highway 20 closures leave valley with only one way in and out

For brief periods earlier this month, the Methow Valley was left with no way in or out after mudslides and flooding made highways impassable. The valley was isolated only temporarily, but access remains problematic with Highway 20 buried under snow over the North Cascades and under extensive repairs over Loup Loup Pass for several weeks.
Indivisible groups in the valley stay active

Indivisible groups in the valley stay active

Many citizens involved in local Indivisible groups are planning to attend a “listening session” with Rep. Dan Newhouse on Thursday (April 20), after lobbying him for months to hold a face-to-face meeting with constituents in Okanogan County. The meeting will be held at Brewster High School at 6 p.m., and pre-registration is advised.
County’s comprehensive plan to get new scrutiny, commissioners say

County’s comprehensive plan to get new scrutiny, commissioners say

By Marcy Stamper The Okanogan County commissioners have agreed to look at the county’s comprehensive plan “with a new set of eyes to see if there are places where we can make improvements,” County Commissioner Andy Hover said this week. After the comp plan was adopted by the former board of commissioners in 2014, it...
Lampreys released in Methow Valley to help restore population

Lampreys released in Methow Valley to help restore population

Biologists with the Yakama Nation Fisheries released 170 Pacific lamprey into Methow Valley rivers over the past two weeks in an effort to rebuild the dwindling population of the eel-like fish. This is the second year that the fish have been released in the Methow Valley, said Ralph Lampman, a research biologist specializing in lamprey....
Ranger district makes progress in ‘priority area’ designation for federal funds

Ranger district makes progress in ‘priority area’ designation for federal funds

The Methow Valley Ranger District is a bit closer to being named a “priority area” for trail maintenance funding under a new federal law called the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act, which was passed last November. The district was notified last week that it is being considered as a priority area based on the...
Pilots reassured about Twisp Airport project

Pilots reassured about Twisp Airport project

Local pilots who use the Twisp Municipal Airport were assured that the Twisp Council supports a project to build a new taxiway on the south side of the runway. About a dozen pilots attended the April 11 council meeting, apparently alarmed by rumors that a grant to fund the taxiway project was being held up or...
Chiliwist residents take Three Devils case to state Supreme Court

Chiliwist residents take Three Devils case to state Supreme Court

The Chiliwist residents who have been fighting to keep Three Devils Road open to the public have asked the state Supreme Court to hear their case. The Chiliwist Residents and Friends assert that lower courts used incorrect legal standards and precedents to assess whether the Okanogan County commissioners’ decision to close Three Devils …
Methow Valley Fund grants $63,050 to local nonprofit organizations

Methow Valley Fund grants $63,050 to local nonprofit organizations

The Community Foundation of NCW has awarded $63,050 to 25 Methow Valley nonprofits through the Methow Valley Fund (MVF). Established in 2006, the MVF is funded by an anonymous donor and donations from the public to support programs that address community needs and enhancements for the Methow Valley, according to a Community Foundation press release....
Enid Pauline Shaw1916–2017

Enid Pauline Shaw
1916–2017

Enid Pauline Shaw, 100, of Carlton, passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 15, 2017, with family by her side. She was born in Caldwell, Idaho, on Sept. 16, 1916, to James and Polly Gobat. They later moved to Pateros, where Enid spent her younger years growing up. Enid moved to the Methow Valley in...
Open Roads Coalition seeks to preserve access

Open Roads Coalition seeks to preserve access

Over the past 15 years, people who live on Okanogan County’s back roads started noticing that routes they used to visit friends, hunt or ride horses were being closed one by one. In some cases, the roads had been blocked by gates, but in others, the road closures involved official …