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Some Forest Service roads now open to wheeled ATVs

Some Forest Service roads now open to wheeled ATVs

Several routes for wheeled all terrain vehicles (WATVs) opened Friday (June 26) in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The routes are on roads that are already open to other motorized vehicles, but at this time no other forest roads are open to WATVs, according to an announcement from the U.S. Forest Service.
Three Devils Road hearing rescheduled

Three Devils Road hearing rescheduled

A hearing in Okanogan County Superior Court on whether the county commissioners acted properly in vacating Three Devils Road was rescheduled from last Friday (June 26) to 4 p.m. Tuesday (June 30). The hearing occurred too late for coverage in this week’s Methow Valley News. Look for a full report in next week’s newspaper. Douglas...
How the West will feel groundwater shortages

How the West will feel groundwater shortages

New research shows stressed water supplies By Joshua Zaffos High Country News Drought-stricken water users in California’s Central Valley have compensated for shortages by pumping groundwater at a furious rate. In some parts of the valley, the water table has dropped roughly 60 feet in a single year. Researchers say such practices are moving us...
Outfitters seek exemption from new federal minimum wage

Outfitters seek exemption from new federal minimum wage

For more than 40 years, Mike Cottingham has been sending teenagers into national parks, forests and wilderness areas for multi-week backcountry outings. They run rapids, ride horseback and summit some of the West’s most famous peaks.
Family Health Centers marks purchase of Twisp clinic

Family Health Centers marks purchase of Twisp clinic

The transition continues at the former Methow Valley Family Practice in Twisp, where new owner Family Health Centers (FHC) hosted a grand opening on June 17. The clinic had actually changed hands on May 1, when ownership transferred to FHC from …
County commissioners consider adding third meeting day

County commissioners consider adding third meeting day

There may be changes to when and where the Okanogan County commissioners meet, based on new state laws and a proposal to add a third meeting day to the commissioners’ regular schedule. The commissioners are considering amending the county code so they would meet every Wednesday — in addition to Monday and …
Volunteers continue home-rebuilding efforts

Volunteers continue home-rebuilding efforts

A volunteer crew of three couples from Marysville United Methodist Church wrapped up a week of work on Sunday (June 21), helping rebuild a home on Balky Hill Road that was destroyed in the Carlton Complex Fire. They are the latest crew of volunteers to work on the house, which is one of a half-dozen...
County considers proposal to lower speed limits on several Methow Valley roads

County considers proposal to lower speed limits on several Methow Valley roads

Speed limits on four roads near Twisp and Winthrop could be lowered if the Okanogan County commissioners approve two requests from a local all-terrain vehicle (ATV) rider group. The North Central ATV Club has asked the Okanogan County commissioners to reduce the speed limit to 35 miles per hour (mph) on …
Parties will dispute legality of Three Devils Road closure by commissioners

Parties will dispute legality of Three Devils Road closure by commissioners

The steep, primitive road that leads from the Chiliwist toward the Loup Loup summit and the Methow Valley may soon have a day in court, as residents of the Chiliwist aim to show that the county commissioners violated the law when they voted to close the road. The June 3 decision by the Okanogan County...
Spring Creek Bridge modification draws criticism

Spring Creek Bridge modification draws criticism

Railings added on the south side approach to the Spring Creek Bridge in Winthrop have drawn critical comments from at least one town resident. But the town’s public works director said the railings were added at the recommendation of the contractor that built the bridge, and work isn’t completed on welds that …