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Court order requires closure of 600 miles of roads to ATVs

Court order requires closure of 600 miles of roads to ATVs

Okanogan County Commissioner Andy Hover has been talking with all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riders, public land agencies and environmental groups to try to come up with a balanced policy that will satisfy a court order — finalized last week — to consider environmental impacts before …
Mission Project draft commenting extended

Mission Project draft commenting extended

A public comment period has been extended until April 1 on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed Mission Forest Restoration Project. The 30-day extension is due to confusion about the publication date of the legal notice for the first comment period, …
Methow Investment Network links investors, businesses

Methow Investment Network links investors, businesses

The Methow Investment Network, a program to encourage local investment in local businesses, was launched this month by TwispWorks. The program is designed to support Methow Valley businesses by providing an additional means for them to obtain funding to help …
February snow accumulations brighten outlook for summer water

February snow accumulations brighten outlook for summer water

After an unusually cold and dry January, February brought a bounty of snow that made the water outlook a lot brighter throughout Washington. “We picked up good snow in most places,” said Scott Pattee, water supply specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. What looked like a “dismal snow year” in January turned around last...
Methow Watershed council seeks new member

Methow Watershed council seeks new member

People with knowledge of water issues have one more week to submit a letter of interest to the Methow Watershed Council, which is looking for a new member for the eight-person group. The individual should have some involvement with water issues, such as experience as an irrigator, an environmentalist or a water manager. Council members...
Health officials urge immunization against mumps outbreak

Health officials urge immunization against mumps outbreak

Washington state is seeing the largest outbreak of mumps since the 1970s, with 533 cases as of Feb. 27, including one case confirmed in an adult in Okanogan County last week. The largest number of cases, 235, are in Spokane County, closely followed by King County with 205, and Pierce with 54. …
State grant will help Winthrop improve downtown traffic circulation

State grant will help Winthrop improve downtown traffic circulation

By Don Nelson The Town of Winthrop will use a one-time $250,000 grant from the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board to help complete several projects and plan for others that will improve vehicle, bike and pedestrian movement in the town. The Complete Streets program is designed to help towns “retrofit” their existing transportation corridors to...
Protection for transgender students affirmed by school officials

Protection for transgender students affirmed by school officials

School officials are reassuring transgender students that their rights will be protected by state laws and policies in local districts, despite a ruling issued last week by the federal Education and Justice departments that rescinds safeguards issued last May under the Obama administration.
Newhouse in absentia at public meeting; citizens push for responses

Newhouse in absentia at public meeting; citizens push for responses

Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-Sunnyside) was center-stage last Thursday night (Feb. 23) — in the form of a larger-than-life cardboard head — at a town hall meeting attended by more than 260 constituents of Newhouse’s congressional district. Like many members of Congress, Newhouse avoided hosting any town hall type …
New study will look at wolves’ impact on other wildlife

New study will look at wolves’ impact on other wildlife

A new study underway in Okanogan County and northeast Washington will examine how the presence of wolves affects other wildlife species. The study, scheduled to last at least five years, will assess the health of deer herds in the Loup Loup gray wolf pack territory, which includes the Methow …