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Work on redesigned irrigation district system to begin soon

Work on redesigned irrigation district system to begin soon

By Ann McCreary

Construction is expected to get underway as early as next month on a redesigned system to deliver irrigation water to Methow Valley Irrigation District (MVID) members. Called the Instream Flow Improvement Project, the new MVID delivery system is designed to end …

Repairs underway on slide-damaged state highways

Repairs underway on slide-damaged state highways

Work is underway on repairing two state highways that were heavily damaged in recent mudslides. An emergency contract for the repairs was awarded to Rains Construction of Malott, which has begun work on road washouts along about four miles of Highway 20 on the Methow Valley side of Loup Loup Pass, and another four miles...
Questions persist about response by some fire crews

Questions persist about response by some fire crews

By Marcy Stamper
More than a month after the state’s largest wildfire destroyed hundreds of homes in and around the Methow Valley, homemade signs thanking firefighters still punctuate the landscape. But in addition to the gratitude, some people have been raising questions about whether fire crews missed early opportunities to keep the fire from getting...
State will add mudslide damage to FEMA appeal

State will add mudslide damage to FEMA appeal

By Marcy Stamper Federal and state teams are gathering supplemental information about the extent and cost of fire-related damages for an appeal of the denial of a disaster declaration that would help individuals who lost homes and property in the fires. The teams are determining the scope of the damage, which has …
Conservation groups seek reversal of WDFW wolf ruling

Conservation groups seek reversal of WDFW wolf ruling

By Ann McCreary Conservation groups are asking Gov. Jay Inslee to reverse the state wildlife commission’s denial of a petition asking for rules that limit killing wolves as a means of dealing with livestock depredations. Eight conservation groups filed a petition …
Fires destroy winter grazing range for thousands of deer

Fires destroy winter grazing range for thousands of deer

By Ann McCreary The Carlton Complex Fire that charred more than one-quarter-million acres in the Methow Valley and surrounding areas destroyed thousands of acres of winter range essential to the survival of mule deer and white tail deer. “Range for about one-third of …
Fires delay Flagg Mountain copper explorations proposal

Fires delay Flagg Mountain copper explorations proposal

By Ann McCreary A decision on whether to permit exploratory drilling for copper in Mazama has been delayed by wildfires and floods that have consumed the attention and resources of Methow Valley Ranger District officials. Ranger Michael Liu said in late June that he was waiting for the result of a groundwater analysis to determine...
Excavation begins on Methow River side channel restoration 

Excavation begins on Methow River side channel restoration 

By Ann McCreary Work is underway on restoring a historic side channel of the Methow River, which will provide salmon habitat when it is completed this fall. Crews have been excavating the lower end of the side channel to create a downstream connection to the Methow River.  The channel passes under a bridge over Highway...
Wolves targeted in Stevens County

Wolves targeted in Stevens County

WDFW will allow killing of Huckleberry Pack wolves preying on sheep flock The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) said in a press release this week that it was continuing efforts to find and remove up to four wolves from a pack that has killed at least 22 sheep from a flock grazing in...
Park Service will study restoration of grizzlies to North Cascades

Park Service will study restoration of grizzlies to North Cascades

The National Park Service has announced it will conduct a three-year study to develop an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will used to help decide whether grizzly bears should be restored to the North Cascades ecosystem in Washington state. “This is the first stage of a multi-step process to help inform decisions about grizzly bear...