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Benson Creek residents get close-up look at fire and flood effects

Benson Creek residents get close-up look at fire and flood effects

With rain adding more moisture to ground already saturated from snowmelt, an engineer, habitat biologists and a conservation planner took interested Benson Creek residents to a dam high in the Benson Creek watershed to explain repairs that will be …
Twisp police chief to host community talk about gun ownership on April 27

Twisp police chief to host community talk about gun ownership on April 27

Twisp Police Chief Paul Budrow will host an informal community discussion about gun ownership, safety, applicable laws and appropriate training next Wednesday (April 27) at 6 p.m. at the Methow Valley Senior Center. Budrow said the meeting…
Start gearing up for ’49er Days

Start gearing up for ’49er Days

It’s not too soon to start making plans for Winthrop’s 71st annual ’49er Days events, a celebration of the town’s Western heritage, that runs from May 6–8. Friday (May 6) begins with the arrival of the Washington Outfitters and Guides Association’s annual Ride to Rendezvous wagon train in downtown Winthrop around noon. That evening, ’49er...
County commissioners schedule urgent public hearing on April 26 about fund transfers

County commissioners schedule urgent public hearing on April 26 about fund transfers

The Okanogan County commissioners are holding an urgent public hearing on Tuesday (April 26) about potential fund transfers that would be used to cover payroll and other expenses if necessary. The hearing is part of the authorization process to be sure that the money can be transferred by the end of April if needed.
Army drops plans to train helicopter pilots in North Cascades

Army drops plans to train helicopter pilots in North Cascades

The U.S. Army has dropped its plans to use landing zones in the North Cascades to train combat helicopter pilots. The decision came after a review of 2,350 public and agency comments, according to an announcement issued Thursday (April 7) by the Aviation Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). The landing…
Parlette announces retirement from state Senate

Parlette announces retirement from state Senate

Wenatchee Republican spent 20 years in Legislature State Sen. Linda Evans Parlette, R-Wenatchee, announced this week that she will resign her seat in the Senate after her fourth term ends in early 2017. “My mom will be 90 in June. The legislative schedule does not allow me to spend as much time as I want...
WSDOT says OK to pilot-activated beacon at state airport

WSDOT says OK to pilot-activated beacon at state airport

A quality-of-life and rural ambience battle that started more than three years ago was settled last week when the aviation division of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced that it will allow a navigational beacon at Methow Valley State Airport to be pilot-activated, rather than continuously…
Prescribed burns may begin soon in the Methow Valley

Prescribed burns may begin soon in the Methow Valley

If weather conditions are favorable, the U.S. Forest Service may begin prescribed burning in the next two weeks on south-facing slopes in the Fawn Creek and Eightmile Creek drainages near Winthrop, and later this spring in the Burge Mountain area east of Havillah. Areas planned for either spring or fall burning are shown on a...
Goldmark won’t seek third term as state lands commissioner

Goldmark won’t seek third term as state lands commissioner

State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, an Okanogan County native, announced that he will not seek a third term as overseer of 5.6 million acres of state forests, commercial lands and aquatic areas and head of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Goldmark, who was elected to the post in 2008 and re-elected in...
White-nose syndrome shows up in Wasington

White-nose syndrome shows up in Wasington

The disease that’s wiped out at least 7 million bats in the East and Midwest has now jumped to the West. Hikers in Washington, 30 miles east of Seattle, found a sick little brown bat on March 11 and took it to a wildlife sanctuary, where it died a few days later. The USGS National Wildlife...