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NEWS
Clean sweep

Clean sweep

Armed with earth-moving equipment and a desire to help, volunteers tore out foundations, hauled away concrete and metal, and cleared fields of rocks and other flood debris last week in the ongoing post-fire recovery campaign.
Proposed road closure pits local residents against private company

Proposed road closure pits local residents against private company

Chiliwist neighbors say road is an escape route and access to public lands By Marcy Stamper A request to the county to relinquish a road that connects the Chiliwist area with the Loup Loup summit has attracted concern from more than 100 people, who say that closing the road to the public would cut off...
Three salmon habitat projects get underway this summer

Three salmon habitat projects get underway this summer

Three projects to improve salmon habitat in the Methow Valley will be carried out this summer by the Yakama Nation. The projects involve two stretches of the Methow River — one in Mazama near the Weeman Bridge and another in the Big Valley Wildlife area. Another project will take place along the Chewuch River near Falls Creek.
Chapter 3: Explaining Alzheimer’s to Children

Chapter 3: Explaining Alzheimer’s to Children

If you have a parent, a family member, or a close friend who has Alzheimer’s disease (AD), it affects you as much as it affects the patient. It also has an impact on children. Explaining AD in a way that children can understand is difficult. Kids notice a lot more than adults give them credit...
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...