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Winthrop hires a new marshal, at last

Winthrop hires a new marshal, at last

The Town of Winthrop is about to again have a police force — although still not fully staffed. Mayor Sue Langdalen announced at last week’s council meeting that the town has hired Hal Henning, the police chief in Seldovia, Alaska, to …
Statewide survey finds strong support for grizzlies returning to N. Cascades

Statewide survey finds strong support for grizzlies returning to N. Cascades

A majority of registered voters in Washington support efforts to help grizzly bears recover in the North Cascades, according to a survey commissioned by Defenders of Wildlife. The survey conducted in May found that 80 percent of registered voters in the state support efforts to …
USFS proposes alternatives for vehicle access

USFS proposes alternatives for vehicle access

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing a new Motorized Travel Management plan that could change where people can drive vehicles throughout the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The draft environmental assessment released Wednesday (June 8) includes four …
Dawn’s space travel offers unique view of solar system

Dawn’s space travel offers unique view of solar system

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, launched nine years ago, is now orbiting a dwarf planet on the far side of the sun — the first spacecraft to orbit two objects in the solar system. Dawn’s mission to the far reaches of the solar system has turned “science fiction into science fact,” said Marc Rayman …
Twisp steps up planning process for a new civic building

Twisp steps up planning process for a new civic building

Twisp is moving forward on developing a new “civic building” to replace the current town hall, which is plagued with structural problems. The Twisp Town Council last week allocated funding to begin the first phase of planning for the new building. The council also …
Fire danger increases in Okanogan County

Fire danger increases in Okanogan County

Even before the record heat of the past weekend, the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) imposed burn restrictions and increased fire danger ratings in Okanogan County. The higher fire danger, imposed as of June 3, means that a permit is required for all burning of brush and natural vegetation — even for smaller piles that meet...
Forest fuels clearing project beginning at Loup Loup Ski Bowl

Forest fuels clearing project beginning at Loup Loup Ski Bowl

Loup Loup Ski Bowl is beginning an ambitious project to clear out the dense tangle of downed trees, brush and other understory material that clutters the forested areas between the resort’s ski runs. Loup Loup General Manager C.P. Grosenick said work will begin …
Superior Court judges ask Twisp’s support for keeping juvenile detention in county

Superior Court judges ask Twisp’s support for keeping juvenile detention in county

Two Okanogan County Superior Court judges came to the Twisp Town Council last week to appeal for the town’s support in keeping juvenile detention in Okanogan County. Judges Henry Rawson and Christopher Culp attended the May 24 council meeting, along with several people who work in juvenile justice in the county, to explain why they oppose...
Murray, Cantwell sponsor bill to nix mining in Methow Headwaters

Murray, Cantwell sponsor bill to nix mining in Methow Headwaters

A campaign to protect the upper Methow Valley from future mining got a boost last week when Washington’s senators introduced legislation aimed at making the area off-limits to mining development. Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced a bill, co-sponsored by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), that seeks to protect 340,079 acres of National Forest lands in the upper...
Agencies plan and build relationships for fire season

Agencies plan and build relationships for fire season

Armed with experiences and knowledge from the last two record-breaking fire seasons in the state, about 75 representatives from diverse firefighting agencies gathered last week to plan, share information, and brainstorm about how to be better prepared to handle a fast-moving disaster. The “large-fire” meeting brought together firefighters and fire managers, emergency personnel, weather forecasters and...