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A wild ride

A wild ride

Retiring wildlife officer Cal Treser reflects on his 36-year career By Ann McCreary Driving up a mountain road on his way to release a problem black bear on a recent Sunday afternoon, Cal Treser said his 36-year career as a state fish and wildlife police officer was coming to a close on a good note....
Forecast: dry summer with familiar arsenal for fire prevention, suppression

Forecast: dry summer with familiar arsenal for fire prevention, suppression

With the first lightning-caused fire in the county in early May and the governor’s declaration of a statewide drought this week, government officials and the general public are nervously anticipating another extra-dry summer. In terms of funding and actual resources — firefighting …
Bids for new District 6 fire hall come in higher than construction estimate

Bids for new District 6 fire hall come in higher than construction estimate

By Ann McCreary Three construction bids for a proposed new Winthrop fire hall for Okanogan County Fire District 6 came in considerably higher than the $2.4 million the district has estimated for the project. The lowest bid, from Halme Construction of Spokane, was $3,662,570 — about 50 percent over estimated costs. Meridian Construction of Spokane bid $3,991,547...
A historic building is transformed at TwispWorks

A historic building is transformed at TwispWorks

TwispWorks, the nonprofit “center for creative entrepreneurship” on 6 ½ acres in the heart of Twisp, celebrates the opening of the Bernard Hosey Founders Building with an open house during Art Walk on Saturday (May 23) from noon-4 p.m.
Chambers working on business growth initiatives for Methow Valley

Chambers working on business growth initiatives for Methow Valley

Public meetings next week will seek ideas on economic development By Marcy Stamper The Twisp and Winthrop chambers of commerce are teaming up to gather ideas — from residents and business owners — for economic development in the Methow Valley. They have also been conducting their own research into what employers and employees need to create a healthy local...
Elected office filings produce only one contested local race

Elected office filings produce only one contested local race

Only one local elected office will be contested — a seat on the board of commissioners for Okanogan County Fire District 6 — in general election voting this year. With few exceptions, familiar names will dominate the ballot. Filing ended Friday (May 15). In District 6, incumbent Commissioner Roy Reiber will be challenged by Les V. Stokes of Twisp...
Mushroom pickers descend on burned forest

Mushroom pickers descend on burned forest

By Marcy Stamper Fed by nutrients released into soil by scorched trees and foliage, morel mushrooms have been sprouting in areas burned in the Carlton Complex Fire — and pickers have been sprouting along with them in search of the prized fungi. The U.S. Forest Service is selling commercial permits for mushroom gathering in the burned area....
New campaign aims to get the valley MethowReady for disasters

New campaign aims to get the valley MethowReady for disasters

With memories of last summer’s wildfire disaster still fresh, a campaign is getting underway to help residents of the Methow Valley prepare and protect themselves in an emergency. The campaign, called MethowReady, will launch this Saturday (May 23) with a “Preparedness Fair” …
Some irrigation district members in Twisp will be getting water soon

Some irrigation district members in Twisp will be getting water soon

By Ann McCreary New irrigation service is expected to begin providing water this week to Methow Valley Irrigation District (MVID) members living on Wagner, Marble and Burton streets in Twisp, areas not previously served by the irrigation district. The water is being delivered through new underground irrigation lines being installed as part of MVID’s $10...
A crystal ball for the Pacific Northwest’s climate

A crystal ball for the Pacific Northwest’s climate

This year’s drought is as bad as scientists predict for mid-century By Kate Schimel High Country News  If you’re looking for unexpected ways the current drought is affecting the West, you might take a look in Kathie Dello’s inbox. Until recently, Dello, the deputy director of Oregon’s climate service, had been getting the same emails...