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Volunteers from around USA helping with Carlton Complex recovery

Volunteers from around USA helping with Carlton Complex recovery

Volunteers from around the country are continuing to arrive to help with clean-up and rebuilding after the Carlton Complex fires and mudslides. This month a group of Americorps volunteers, called the “Silver Team,” arrived to work throughout the disaster area until May 15, said Leslee Goodman, communications consultant for the Carlton Complex Long …
Winthrop council declines to fine inn for Westernization violations

Winthrop council declines to fine inn for Westernization violations

File photo by Laurelle Walsh</p> The Abbycreek Inn’s new sign replaced a non-complying sign, but was erected before it was approved. By Don Nelson Faced with choosing between the letter and the spirit of the law, the Winthrop Town Council opted for the latter at last week’s meeting when it declined to fine Abbycreek Inn...
Methow River watershed may be designated a drought area

Methow River watershed may be designated a drought area

Ann McCreary The streamflow forecast for the Methow River has dropped to 73 percent of normal for April through September, which could qualify the Methow River watershed for a drought designation. State law allows the Department of Ecology to declare a drought when an area is experiencing, or projected to experience, a water supply that...
Valley’s early-season brush fires ‘not unusual this time of year’

Valley’s early-season brush fires ‘not unusual this time of year’

After last summer’s wildfires and an early, dry spring, people are especially jittery about spring burn piles that get out of control. Okanogan County Fire District 6 has responded to a handful of fires in the past month, according to Assistant Fire Chief Cody Acord. Most of the fires were caused when burning of brush...
Two Methow Valley School District levies on April ballot

Two Methow Valley School District levies on April ballot

Voters in the Methow Valley School District will receive ballots within the week asking their approval of $4.5 million for improvements and repairs to school buildings and grounds and another $800,000 to purchase six school buses. The improvements and maintenance — including new floors, a communications and emergency response system, asbestos removal, and …
Community briefs: May 8, 2015

Community briefs: May 8, 2015

Westernization revisited John Lester and Larry Higbee were there at the beginning, when Winthrop adopted its Westernization theme more than 40 years ago. Learn how it all came about at a free community meeting on Thursday (April 9) at the Winthrop Barn. Refreshments will be available at 6 p.m., and the presentation begins at 6:30...
New Okanogan-Wenatchee forest supervisor announced

New Okanogan-Wenatchee forest supervisor announced

A new forest supervisor has been chosen to lead the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, which includes the Methow Valley Ranger District. The U.S. Forest Service last week announced Mike Williams as the new forest supervisor, headquartered in Wenatchee. Williams is currently the forest supervisor on the Kaibab National Forest in the Southwestern Region 3, where he...
North Cascades Highway scheduled to open Friday

North Cascades Highway scheduled to open Friday

In good news for Methow Valley tourism, the North Cascades Highway is expected to open to traffic this weekend. “The plan is that Friday morning (April 3) at 10 a.m., we’re going to kick the gates open,” said Don Becker of the …
Twisp wants to get head start on next service contract with Fire District 6

Twisp wants to get head start on next service contract with Fire District 6

With two years left in a five-year fire protection contract with Okanogan County Fire District 6, Twisp town officials want to meet with the district to begin discussing a future contract and potential costs. In a letter to be sent to the fire …
Landowners get another chance to control weeds without spraying

Landowners get another chance to control weeds without spraying

Property owners who want to control weeds on county roads along their property — instead of having the county spray them — will have one more chance this summer, following a decision by county commissioners last week.