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Comment period extended for USFS outfitter proposal

Comment period extended for USFS outfitter proposal

The comment period has been extended on a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) for commercial pack and saddle stock outfitter guides who lead trips in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service has extended the comment period that …
Federal action brings two-year halt to headwaters mining activity

Federal action brings two-year halt to headwaters mining activity

More than 340,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land in the upper Methow Valley are closed to new mineral exploration and mining for the next two years, while federal agencies evaluate whether the land should be protected for up to 20 years. In a victory for …
Early snowpack a promising ‘jumpstart’

Early snowpack a promising ‘jumpstart’

The outlook for a good summer water supply in 2017 looks promising as the new year gets underway with a healthy snowpack accumulating in the North Cascades. At Hart’s Pass northwest of the Methow Valley, the SNOTEL snowpack-monitoring site measured …
FEDERAL ACTION CLOSES METHOW HEADWATERS AREA TO NEW MINING FOR TWO YEARS

FEDERAL ACTION CLOSES METHOW HEADWATERS AREA TO NEW MINING FOR TWO YEARS

More than 340,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land in the upper Methow Valley are closed to new mineral exploration and mining for the next two years, while federal agencies evaluate whether the land should be protected for up to 20 years. In a victory for the local Methow Headwaters Campaign, which has worked to protect...
2016: News in review

2016: News in review

Wildfires stayed away, but other issues heated up in 2016 Politics at every level claimed headlines throughout the year By Don Nelson For the first time in three years, wildfires didn’t dominate the local news headlines in 2016. Not active fires, anyway — summer came and went in a relatively quiet fashion, compared to the vast devastation...
Charting the Methow Valley’s eclectic economy

Charting the Methow Valley’s eclectic economy

People who live and work in the Methow Valley know the issues they face in their daily lives here — things like the shortage of affordable housing, the need for more child care options, and the seasonal swings in the valley’s economy and employment. A recently completed study puts statistics behind the reality of living here, in order...
Winthrop council reluctantly extends contract for bridge underpass

Winthrop council reluctantly extends contract for bridge underpass

Resolution 2016-37, a simple agenda item that started out as “necessary paperwork” for design of a pedestrian underpass below the Chewuch River bridge in Winthrop, grew into an extended discussion at last week’s Winthrop Town Council meeting. Council members were vehemently unhappy with, but ultimately resigned to, unanticipated design requirements by the Washington State ...
New signs promote RV parking options

New signs promote RV parking options

Lookin’ for a place to park that big wagon, pardner? Not to worry. The Town of Winthrop has got ya covered. Winthrop will soon be replacing some plain blue road signs — directing RV drivers and people pulling big trailers to the spacious parking lot at the Winthrop Barn — with Westernized versions. The new signs include old-fashioned typography....
Cinder the bear in hibernation

Cinder the bear in hibernation

Cinder, the black bear that was badly burned in the 2014 Carlton Complex Fire, spent her second year in forests north of Leavenworth and is now denned up for the winter not far from the site where she was released in June 2015. “She is still out there and denned up OK, just like all the...
New county commissioners take office this week

New county commissioners take office this week

Hover, Branch complete training sessions for new office-holders By Marcy Stamper Newly elected county commissioners Andy Hover and Chris Branch are making lists of priorities and learning about the responsibilities they will assume when they’re sworn in this Friday (Dec. 30). Hover and Branch both attended a three-day training run by the Washington State Association...