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School officials offer reassurances about immigration crackdown by feds

School officials offer reassurances about immigration crackdown by feds

In the wake of executive orders signed by President Trump that expand enforcement of immigration laws, local and state school officials have been scrambling to reassure families that all children — regardless of immigration status — are entitled to an education in Washington. “Our state’s public education system exists to …
State’s wildlife Officer of the Year is a people person, too

State’s wildlife Officer of the Year is a people person, too

Jason Day’s job often is at the intersection of animals and humans By Ann McCreary If you call the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) about a cougar in your chicken coop, or a moose in your apple orchard, odds are WDFW officer Jason Day will be the one who responds. Much of his...
Eagle 166 migrates from Montana to the Methow — but may move on again

Eagle 166 migrates from Montana to the Methow — but may move on again

An 8-year-old male Golden Eagle from Montana has been enjoying a winter retreat in the Methow Valley, spotted in early January near Beaver Creek and then in mid-February feeding on a carcass near Gold Creek. Golden Eagles are typically faithful to their winter territory, so it is unusual that the bird has traveled so far from…...
Documentary film is new tool in Headwaters Campaign’s efforts

Documentary film is new tool in Headwaters Campaign’s efforts

Group continues push to protect USFS land from mining By Ann McCreary One year ago the Methow Headwaters Campaign launched an initiative to protect more than 340,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land in the upper Methow Valley from future mining. On Sunday (Feb. 19), the Headwaters Campaign released a new short documentary about the...
Winthrop, District 6 voters approve town’s annexation for firefighting protection

Winthrop, District 6 voters approve town’s annexation for firefighting protection

Voters in both the Town of Winthrop and Okanogan County Fire District 6 have approved a proposed annexation of the town to the fire district by a wide margin in each jurisdiction. As a result of the Feb. 14 special election, Winthrop will be annexed to the fire district in 2018 and become part of the...
Hirst decision widely felt

Hirst decision widely felt

The effects of a state Supreme Court decision on water adequacy are already being felt by people around the county — builders, well-drillers, real estate brokers, and ordinary citizens with plans to build a house. Okanogan County has put building permits on hold while it works out a system for complying with the court ruling in the Whatcom...
Henning out as marshal in Winthrop

Henning out as marshal in Winthrop

Winthrop Marshal Hal Henning has been let go from his position as the town’s only full-time law enforcement officer. Henning was fired during a meeting Wednesday morning (Feb. 22) with Winthrop Mayor Anne Acheson. The decision was effective immediately. Henning and Acheson have had some …
Grizzly restoration info session draws large crowd

Grizzly restoration info session draws large crowd

A wildlife biologist who has worked for three decades to restore grizzly bears in the Cabinet Mountains of northwest Montana has watched the population grow from around five bears in the 1980s to about 50 bears today. The grizzly restoration effort has slowly rebuilt the population of bears in a 2,600-square-mile area near the town of...
Arguments in Three Devils Road case turn technical

Arguments in Three Devils Road case turn technical

Appeals court hears challenge to road closure By Marcy Stamper On the face of it, the Three Devils Road legal dispute appears to pit the public’s right to use a primitive road to reach public land, or to escape from a wildfire, against the adjacent property owner’s right to protect its property from vandalism or...
Winthrop, Methow Valley set records for lodging taxes

Winthrop, Methow Valley set records for lodging taxes

Winthrop and the Methow Valley had a record year in 2016 for the number of visitors, measured by big increases in overnight lodging tax revenues. Winthrop was up 18 percent in 2016 over 2015’s record-setting year, and the Methow Valley as a whole, including Mazama and Twisp, was up 23 percent last year over 2015’s hotel/motel...