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Grizzly expert makes case for recovery in N. Cascades

Grizzly expert makes case for recovery in N. Cascades

A regional expert on grizzlies made the case last week for helping the “charismatic and controversial creatures” return to their historical home in the North Cascades. Joe Scott of Conservation Northwest has spent 20 years researching and advocating for …
Pacific Biodiversity wins Mountaineers grant

Pacific Biodiversity wins Mountaineers grant

Pacific Biodiversity Institute (PBI) in Winthrop has been named as the first recipient of the Paul Wiseman Conservation Education Grant from the Mountaineers Foundation. The grant will help PBI build a rigorous four-week conservation science and leadership course for up to 14 upper-level undergraduate students and recent graduates who are preparing to be conservation leaders...
Judge’s decision in county comp plan lawsuit delayed

Judge’s decision in county comp plan lawsuit delayed

A decision in the lawsuit over the whether the county’s comp plan adequately protects water and farmland won’t be issued for another month. Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Christopher Culp had planned to issue his written …
News briefs: Feb. 3, 2016

News briefs: Feb. 3, 2016

Special election ballots due Mail-in ballots for the Feb. 9 special election most be postmarked by Election Day. Locally, the only ballot item is for the Methow Valley School District, which is seeking renewal of two property tax levies — one for maintenance and operation, and one for technological support. If you have not received your ballot,...
County mulls moving juvenile detention to facility near Spokane

County mulls moving juvenile detention to facility near Spokane

The Okanogan County commissioners have begun an analysis of the county’s options for juvenile detention, sparking concern from county employees and the public over the prospect of sending juveniles to a facility near Spokane, some three hours away.
Parlette introduces bills to expand use of prescribed burning

Parlette introduces bills to expand use of prescribed burning

In the wake of two consecutive years of devastating wildfires in her legislative district, State Sen. Linda Evans Parlette (12th District, R-Wenatchee) has introduced two bills that call for expanding prescribed burning to reduce the risk of wildfire in …
Local coalition forms to oppose long-term industrial mining in the Methow Valley

Local coalition forms to oppose long-term industrial mining in the Methow Valley

As the U.S. Forest Service nears a decision on permitting exploratory drilling for copper in Mazama, the possibility of “full-scale mining” has prompted local business owners to come together in a campaign opposing any future mining.
MVSD adapts to International Baccalaureate program

MVSD adapts to International Baccalaureate program

Changes more subtle than dramatic so far By Marcy Stamper Last spring, as the Methow Valley School District pondered switching to the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, many people envisioned a dramatic change and reactions ranged from enthusiastic to alarmed. Now, six months into the incorporation of IB for kindergarten through 10th grade, parents and teachers...
Benson Creek residents, agencies still working on solutions to 2014 flood

Benson Creek residents, agencies still working on solutions to 2014 flood

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will repair the uppermost of five dams in the upper Benson Creek watershed as soon as weather permits. All five lakes failed in an August 2014 rainstorm when logs and debris cascaded down from …
Recommendations for Mission Project go to Forest Service

Recommendations for Mission Project go to Forest Service

Recommendations for thinning and prescribed burning on about 7,500 acres in the Buttermilk and Libby watersheds were provided to the Methow Ranger District last week as it develops plans for a large forest restoration project.