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Local project featured at White House Water Summit

Local project featured at White House Water Summit

The $10 million project that restructured the way the Methow Valley Irrigation District (MVID) delivers water was highlighted as a model approach to water conservation at a recent White House Water Summit. The “Instream Flow Improvement Project” was one …
Headwaters Campaign gets grant to support its work

Headwaters Campaign gets grant to support its work

The Methow Headwaters Campaign, launched earlier this year to fight possible copper mining in Mazama, has received a grant from the Conservation Alliance — an organization of outdoor industry companies — to help build support for the anti-mining campaign.
Cleanup underway after diesel spills into Similkameen River

Cleanup underway after diesel spills into Similkameen River

More than 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel has spilled into the Similkameen River in British Columbia, about 90 river miles north of the border, according to Okanogan County Emergency Manager Maurice Goodall. The Similkameen River flows from …
Conservation groups and Forest Service settle ATV lawsuit

Conservation groups and Forest Service settle ATV lawsuit

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will have to analyze the environmental impact of allowing wheeled all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) to use forest roads before the roads can be opened to the vehicles. Three conservation groups and…
Comment on two fish-habitat projects in Twisp River

Comment on two fish-habitat projects in Twisp River

The Yakama Nations Fisheries are planning two habitat-enhancement projects on the Twisp River. The Newby Narrows Fish Habitat Enhancement Project is at river mile 10 on the Twisp River, about 8.5 miles west of town. The intent is to enhance a 1,200-foot-long side channel by installing six buried log structures and three wood jams, and...
News briefs: March 30, 2016

News briefs: March 30, 2016

Studded tires must be off First came Daylight Saving Time. Now — and by that, we mean now — it’s time to remove studded tires, which must by off your vehicles by Thursday (March 31). Under state law, driving with studded tires after March 31 is a traffic infraction that could result in a $124 ticket from law enforcement....
Methow Valley Dems give Sanders a big win at weekend caucus

Methow Valley Dems give Sanders a big win at weekend caucus

Methow Valley Democrats felt the Bern Saturday (March 26) at a packed precinct caucus that gave Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders a big victory over Hillary Clinton in the contest for the Democratic presidential nomination.
District gets an earful on weapons policies

District gets an earful on weapons policies

Methow Valley School District administrators continue to get fallout — and also praise — for their handling of an incident where a sixth-grader brought a pellet gun to school. Four parents attended the school board meeting on Wednesday …
Speakers hail pot’s economic impact at zoning hearing

Speakers hail pot’s economic impact at zoning hearing

The vast majority of the literally overflow crowd that showed up for a planning commission hearing this week came to talk about the impacts of proposed zoning changes on the county’s budding marijuana industry and economy.
Transportation benefit district gets council approval

Transportation benefit district gets council approval

Twisp Town Council members have approved creation of a Transportation Benefit District (TBD) to fund repairs and maintenance of Twisp streets through vehicle licensing fees or sales taxes. After establishing the TBD at …