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Education opportunity: equal but unequal?

Education opportunity: equal but unequal?

Advocates for minority and low-income students are urging legislators to take a closer look at the state’s McCleary obligation to ensure that all students are given equal and ample …
Comments sought on Chewuch River salmon restoration project

Comments sought on Chewuch River salmon restoration project

A draft environmental assessment has been completed for a project that will restore salmon habitat on a stretch of the Chewuch River, and the public has an opportunity to provide comments on the proposal during the next month. The project, proposed by the Yakama Nation, would construct logjams and backwater channels and enhance pools from...
In fires’ aftermath, wildlife will be challenged

In fires’ aftermath, wildlife will be challenged

Among the approximately 400 animal species that live in and around the Methow Valley, many are well adapted to survive and even thrive in the wake of wildfires that are a natural part …
Getting married on the Spring Creek Bridge? Be prepared to share the moment

Getting married on the Spring Creek Bridge? Be prepared to share the moment

You won’t need the Town of Winthrop’s permission if you want to get married on the Spring Creek Bridge over the Methow River. But you might need to be ready to have the nuptials interrupted by …
County commissioners ready to endorse comp plan — as is

County commissioners ready to endorse comp plan — as is

Two months after they adopted a new comprehensive plan and then put it on hold for reconsideration, the Okanogan County commissioners are satisfied that new…
Some landowners get help guarding against post-fire floods

Some landowners get help guarding against post-fire floods

Two dozen private property owners with homes and land at high risk from flash floods and erosion will get some protection from large rock ramparts and grass seeding by the end of June.
A grizzly future for the North Cascades?

A grizzly future for the North Cascades?

The future of grizzly bears in the North Cascades — and whether action should be taken to restore the grizzly population here — will be open for discussion during a series of public meetings that begins in the Methow Valley next month. A public open house on …
School district says ‘yes’ to Int’l Baccalaureate

School district says ‘yes’ to Int’l Baccalaureate

By Marcy Stamper The Methow Valley School District is applying to join the International Baccalaureate (IB) network, meaning that starting this fall, classes from kindergarten through 10th grade will use an interdisciplinary approach and build on students’ questions about subjects. Feedback after an informational meeting about the IB program held last week was “overwhelmingly positive,”...
Environmental groups appeal DNR timber sale over concern about erosion, fish

Environmental groups appeal DNR timber sale over concern about erosion, fish

Concerns about erosion, the deposition of sediment in waterways that provide habitat for endangered fish, and the likelihood of inadvertently cutting down live trees have prompted an appeal of the state’s plans to log 1,285 acres in the lower Methow Valley that burned in the Carlton Complex Fire.
Updated comp plan proposal looks to Winthrop’s future

Updated comp plan proposal looks to Winthrop’s future

By Don Nelson What started out a few years ago as some minor tweaks to Winthrop’s comprehensive plan has instead involved into a wholesale rewrite of the documents that guide the town’s development. A draft of the proposed updated plan — which was first adopted in 1999 and hasn’t changed much since — is now available for public review...