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Forest Service ‘listening session’ on planning scheduled in Wenatchee

Forest Service ‘listening session’ on planning scheduled in Wenatchee

Citizens who are interested in how national forests in our region are managed are invited to join in a public conversation about forest management planning. The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will host a “listening session” next week to share information with the public and gather feedback about revising and updating forest management plans.
County officials and property owners try to sort out roadside no-spray requirements

County officials and property owners try to sort out roadside no-spray requirements

People who choose to control weeds and vegetation on county roads that border their property got more-detailed agreements and some clarification at a meeting with Okanogan County officials last week, but many people said they still had questions about how to comply with their no-spray agreements. They also were frustrated that …
Family Health Centers takes over Twisp clinic

Family Health Centers takes over Twisp clinic

Methow Valley Family Practice in Twisp, acquired by longtime local physician Dr. Joe Jensen in 1992, will officially become a Family Health Centers (FHC) clinic on Friday (May 1). Jensen sold the practice to FHC in a deal announced several months ago. He will continue to work at the clinic under a contract.
State’s attorney general interprets complex ATV law

State’s attorney general interprets complex ATV law

The state law passed in 2013 expanding opportunities for riding certain types of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on certain roads in the state has proven so confusing that the Okanogan County commissioners, the Winthrop Marshal’s Office and the U.S. Forest Service have all issued permission for people to ride on some roads …
News reporters win national award for coverage of fires

News reporters win national award for coverage of fires

Methow Valley News reporters Ann McCreary and Marcy Stamper have been named winners of a national Sigma Delta Chi Excellence in Journalism award for their reporting on the Carlton Complex Fire last summer. The News reporters won in the breaking news category for non-daily newspapers and wire services around the nation, for their story in...
An ice promise finally fulfilled

An ice promise finally fulfilled

A long-time dream that began years ago with a backyard rink, expanded to a public rink near the Winthrop Barn and later took more permanent form with the Winthrop Ice & Sports Rink (WISR), is about to reach fruition. Permanent refrigeration — which means real ice for many months during any winter at the outdoor rink — is coming...
Two new practitioners at Country Clinic specialize in family medicine

Two new practitioners at Country Clinic specialize in family medicine

By Marcy Stamper The Country Clinic in Winthrop, which physician and owner Ann Diamond said is “bursting at the seams,” is adding two new providers. Nurse practitioner Phoebe Hershenow started on Thursday (April‑16) and already had a full schedule last week, said Diamond. Hershenow, with a specialty in family medicine, has spent her career in...
DNR: Wildfire season is now official

DNR: Wildfire season is now official

Wildfire season has officially begun in Washington state. The Department of Natural Resources said in a press release that the season began on April 15. DNR said that it has already had more than 60 forest fires reported this year on lands protected by the agency. “This year, we have ominous predictions for a hot,...
DNR salvage logging in lower Valley gets go-ahead from state board

DNR salvage logging in lower Valley gets go-ahead from state board

Logging of trees that burned in the Carlton Complex Fire can go forward this spring and summer, now that a state board has denied an appeal to halt the salvage sale in the lower Methow Valley. The Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB) found on April 14 that the environmental groups that sought the stay had...
Winthrop council hears about Westernization code update’s goals

Winthrop council hears about Westernization code update’s goals

The Winthrop Town Council got an update last week on the Westernization Architectural Committee’s (WAC) progress toward revising the codes that govern Winthrop’s authentic western look and feel. Lynette Westendorf, a WAC member, told the council members she thought it was a good time to bring them up to date because …