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Citizens urge simple water-application process

Citizens urge simple water-application process

Requiring any residents who want to build a house to also build a case to show they have enough water and the right to use it would be burdensome, costly and time-consuming, a dozen citizens …
New report cites factors leading to Twisp River Fire tragedy

New report cites factors leading to Twisp River Fire tragedy

A newly released report on the Twisp River Fire of 2015 doesn’t isolate any single cause of the deadly entrapment, but concludes that several factors contributed to the tragedy. Those include a firefighting culture that …
USFS evaluating future of Smokejumper Base

USFS evaluating future of Smokejumper Base

The future of the North Cascades Smokejumper Base (NCSB) will be evaluated during the next year to determine if deteriorating facilities and other problems at the base can be resolved, or whether operations should be …
USFS revises statement on outfitter-guide permits

USFS revises statement on outfitter-guide permits

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has been considering for years the best approach to issuing special use permits for commercial pack and saddle stock outfitter-guides who lead trips on national forests around the Methow Valley and surrounding areas. The National Forest has …
Twisp adopts 2017 budget with slight increase in spending

Twisp adopts 2017 budget with slight increase in spending

The Town of Twisp has adopted a budget for 2017 that is just slightly higher than this year’s budget. Although the town’s spending will remain almost unchanged, Twisp anticipates next year to be a big year for infrastructure improvements, funded primarily through state and federal grants.
Twisp seeks applicants for vacant council seat

Twisp seeks applicants for vacant council seat

Twisp is seeking applicants to fill an unexpired seat on the Town Council that was previously held by Bob Lloyd, who resigned from the board in September. There is one year left in the four-year term, which will be filled by council appointment. The appointed council member would be required to run for election to...
Methownet.com alters its online rules

Methownet.com alters its online rules

The pitched emotions and so-called fake news that engulfed the country during the often-vitriolic election campaign have generated enough soul-searching to prompt a policy change at the Methownet.com bulletin board (www.methownet.com/bulletinboard.html). On Nov. 18, under …
Methow Trails adapts its Nordic system as climate changes

Methow Trails adapts its Nordic system as climate changes

When Methow Trails measures its Nordic trail system in inches — 7,603,200, to be exact — it’s not just a gimmick to make the network seem larger. The trails staff actually tend their 120 miles of trails by the inch, taking into account the effect of every rock, root and …
Proposal for vintage trailer park near Methow raises hackles, more questions

Proposal for vintage trailer park near Methow raises hackles, more questions

Although she has a compliance plan with Okanogan County that spells out the necessary permits for an RV park she is planning near the town of Methow, property owner Kimberly Mele continues to provoke neighbors and county officials by working on the site without authorization.
Conservancy hosts holiday party, photo program on North America’s owls

Conservancy hosts holiday party, photo program on North America’s owls

The Methow Conservancy’s annual holiday party and Conservation Awards presentation on Tuesday (Dec. 6) at the Winthrop Barn will be followed by “Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls,” a presentation by award-winning wildlife photographer Paul Bannick. The free events begin with the party at 6 p.m., offering appetizers and drinks, the...