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Local residents and Gamble Land spar over proposed road closure

Local residents and Gamble Land spar over proposed road closure

About 90 people attended a packed hearing last week about whether a road that leads to the Loup Loup summit and the Methow Valley from the Chiliwist will remain open to the public, with all public testimony opposed…
No construction bids submitted for District 6 fire hall

No construction bids submitted for District 6 fire hall

Commissioners had hoped to open bids Monday (April 13) for construction of a new Winthrop fire station for Okanogan County Fire District 6, but instead found themselves with no bids to consider. “This is not good …
Concerns about fencing, public access in county shoreline plan

Concerns about fencing, public access in county shoreline plan

The Okanogan County Planning Commission voted by a 3-2 margin to approve the county’s plan covering development and protections along lakes and rivers, but the Methow’s representative is concerned …
Room One takes over disaster case management for county

Room One takes over disaster case management for county

Room One in Twisp will become the supervising agency for four disaster case managers, who have previously worked under Okanogan County Community Action Council in Okanogan. The case managers were hired last …
Spotted owl status up for evaluation by U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Spotted owl status up for evaluation by U.S. Fish and Wildlife

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is beginning an evaluation of the status of the northern spotted owl, in response to a petition to change the status of the owl from threatened to endangered. The review is as required …
Market season begins again

Market season begins again

The Methow Valley Farmers Market opened for the season on Saturday (April 11) to sunny skies and plenty of smiles and hugs. “We’re waking up out of hibernation here,” said Market Master Willie Getz. “We’re all glad to …
Clean sweep

Clean sweep

Armed with earth-moving equipment and a desire to help, volunteers tore out foundations, hauled away concrete and metal, and cleared fields of rocks and other flood debris last week in the ongoing post-fire recovery campaign.
Proposed road closure pits local residents against private company

Proposed road closure pits local residents against private company

Chiliwist neighbors say road is an escape route and access to public lands By Marcy Stamper A request to the county to relinquish a road that connects the Chiliwist area with the Loup Loup summit has attracted concern from more than 100 people, who say that closing the road to the public would cut off...
Three salmon habitat projects get underway this summer

Three salmon habitat projects get underway this summer

Three projects to improve salmon habitat in the Methow Valley will be carried out this summer by the Yakama Nation. The projects involve two stretches of the Methow River — one in Mazama near the Weeman Bridge and another in the Big Valley Wildlife area. Another project will take place along the Chewuch River near Falls Creek.
Chapter 3: Explaining Alzheimer’s to Children

Chapter 3: Explaining Alzheimer’s to Children

If you have a parent, a family member, or a close friend who has Alzheimer’s disease (AD), it affects you as much as it affects the patient. It also has an impact on children. Explaining AD in a way that children can understand is difficult. Kids notice a lot more than adults give them credit...