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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.
County commissioners seek input on juvenile-detention facility options

County commissioners seek input on juvenile-detention facility options

Keep local facility, or move it out of county? The Okanogan County commissioners are analyzing the costs of continuing to operate the county’s own juvenile-detention facility versus renting a facility in another county. Okanogan County currently operates its own juvenile-detention facility but state law allows a county to lease detention space, according to a legal...
Winthrop council approves Westernization violation fine

Winthrop council approves Westernization violation fine

After waiting more than five months for a popular downtown business to comply with a requirement in the town’s Westernization code, the Winthrop Town Council decided at its meeting last week to impose a civil fine if the violation isn’t corrected by Jan. 31.
County, environmental groups differ on comp plan resolution

County, environmental groups differ on comp plan resolution

In proposed resolutions in the lawsuit over Okanogan County’s comprehensive plan, the county and the environmental groups challenging the plan differ as much about whether the plan adequately protects water and farmland as when and where these protections must be guaranteed. At the request of Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Christopher Culp, Okanogan County and the...
Library’s leaking roof at MVES gets temporary fix

Library’s leaking roof at MVES gets temporary fix

Maintenance staff at the Methow Valley School District have been shoveling a sizable area on the elementary school roof to divert water and prevent it from leaking into the library. A leak developed on a wall of the library after the first heavy snow, which was before Thanksgiving, according to Bud Hover, the district’s director of...
Beavers may be part of answer to climate change

Beavers may be part of answer to climate change

Local relocation project returns animals to natural habitat By Ann McCreary Can a rodent species native to the Methow Valley help solve problems created by climate change? Absolutely, according to a local biologist who leads the Methow Beaver Project. Beavers, the animal kingdom’s version of the Army Corps of Engineers, build dams that store water...