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Forest Service work begins on Crater Creek Trailhead expansion

Forest Service work begins on Crater Creek Trailhead expansion

Construction work was scheduled to begin this week at the Crater Creek Trailhead to expand parking and camping spots for larger vehicles, and improve traffic flow and turn-around space. “Construction on this project was originally planned to begin in early August, but was delayed due to the fire closures,” said Methow Valley District Ranger Chris...
Prescribed burning planned on over 5,300 acres across eastern Cascades

Prescribed burning planned on over 5,300 acres across eastern Cascades

Starting this month, fire managers plan to begin prescribed burning on 5,300 acres of U.S. Forest Service land on the east slope of the Cascades, with almost half of the total amount of acreage in the Methow Valley Ranger District. Fewer acres may be burned if conditions are not favorable, said Rob Allen, forest fire staff...
Okanogan County gets improved marks in 2017 fairground audit

Okanogan County gets improved marks in 2017 fairground audit

Okanogan County made significant improvements in how staff handled money at the county fair and fairgrounds in 2017, with no indication that any funds were inadequately tracked or lost. But the state auditor still wants to see more rigorous written policies and procedures. The assessment of procedures at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds in 2017 was reported...
Winthrop council holds off on proposed solar array at town’s well pump house

Winthrop council holds off on proposed solar array at town’s well pump house

An energy consulting company that is exploring ways the Town of Winthrop can save money inadvertently strayed into a local controversy when it recommended that the town consider a large solar panel array to power its well pump on Twin Lakes Road. “Its an interesting idea,” Mayor Sally Ranzau said at last week’s Town Council meeting....
Repair work continues as McLeod, Crescent fires contained

Repair work continues as McLeod, Crescent fires contained

Smoke is still lingering in the lower valley and creating periods of unhealthy air, but other evidence of the wildfires that stole much of the Methow Valley’s summer is fading away. The huge incident command post at the Blues Ranch near Winthrop, which supported about 1,300 people and firefighting equipment during the peak of wildfires a...
Welcome to the neighborhood

Welcome to the neighborhood

The mountains of the Methow Valley got a furry, white infusion when 14 mountain goats from Olympic National Park were delivered to their new home near Tower Mountain last week. The goats were transported in refrigerated trucks (to keep them cool) and were delivered to a staging area along Highway 20 near Rainy Pass. There, volunteers...
Firmly in the middle

Firmly in the middle

Washington Independents believes Ann Diamond, the Mazama resident running for the state Legislature as an independent, embodies the centrist approach most voters are looking for — candidates they say fit the political culture of Washington state. The founders of Washington Independents, a new political action committee (PAC) formed less than a year ago, envision their organization as “a...
Forest Service endorses mineral withdrawal for Methow headwaters

Forest Service endorses mineral withdrawal for Methow headwaters

The effort to protect the upper Methow Valley watershed from future mining has reached a significant milestone, with the U.S. Forest Service recommending that a proposed mineral withdrawal go forward. The Forest Service released an Environmental Assessment (EA) last week examining the impacts of removing 340,079 acres of Forest Service land in the upper valley from...
Airport gets $1.15 million for expansion

Airport gets $1.15 million for expansion

The Methow Valley State Airport has received a $1.15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to complete expansion of the airport’s west apron to provide additional space for aircraft parking and meet Federal Aviation Administration standards. The airport completed a $5 million rehabilitation project in July that replaced 22-year-old pavement on the runway....
Twisp commissions study of broadband services

Twisp commissions study of broadband services

Broadband services in Twisp — or the lack of them — will be examined in a study conducted by Partners for Rural Washington through an agreement with the Town of Twisp. The study, expected to be completed by the end of the year, will evaluate the existing level of broadband Internet services …