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Ski for Light gives blind skiers a workout — and independence on trails

Ski for Light gives blind skiers a workout — and independence on trails

The skinny parallel tracks that take skiers along the Nordic trails throughout the valley are a natural guide to the contours of the terrain. For the eight skiers — six blind or visually impaired and two wheelchair users – who arrived in the Methow on …
Get ready for some ‘balloonacy’

Get ready for some ‘balloonacy’

About this time of year, Kurt Oakley cheerfully describes himself as a “balloonatic” in preparation for the annual Winthrop Balloon Roundup, a three-day festival celebrating the uplifting qualities of hot air. Oakley and his wife, Melinda, owners of …
State Auditor: District 6 has never submitted annual financial reports

State Auditor: District 6 has never submitted annual financial reports

Following a routine audit of Okanogan County Fire District 6, the Washington State Auditor sent a letter to the district noting that the district has not submitted annual financial reports with the auditor’s office as required by state law.
Two avian influenza quarantines lifted in Okanogan county

Two avian influenza quarantines lifted in Okanogan county

Quarantines were lifted on a poultry farm and a game-bird farm in northern and central Okanogan County on Wednesday (Feb. 25). The 21-day quarantines were imposed to control the spread of avian influenza, which had been detected in chickens, ducks …
Lawsuit seeks to keep federal program from killing wolves

Lawsuit seeks to keep federal program from killing wolves

By Ann McCreary A lawsuit seeking to prevent the federal Wildlife Services program from killing wolves in Washington was filed on behalf of five conservation organizations in federal court on Tuesday (March 3). The lawsuit claims that Wildlife Services, a federal program involved in wildlife management and conflict resolution, violated federal law by not preparing...
District 6 makes some changes to fire hall specs prior to bids

District 6 makes some changes to fire hall specs prior to bids

At recent meetings to review architectural plans for a proposed new fire hall, Okanogan County Fire District 6 commissioners identified some changes aimed at reducing building costs. Commissioners met twice over the past week to discuss plans for …
Education opportunity: equal but unequal?

Education opportunity: equal but unequal?

Advocates for minority and low-income students are urging legislators to take a closer look at the state’s McCleary obligation to ensure that all students are given equal and ample …
Comments sought on Chewuch River salmon restoration project

Comments sought on Chewuch River salmon restoration project

A draft environmental assessment has been completed for a project that will restore salmon habitat on a stretch of the Chewuch River, and the public has an opportunity to provide comments on the proposal during the next month. The project, proposed by the Yakama Nation, would construct logjams and backwater channels and enhance pools from...
In fires’ aftermath, wildlife will be challenged

In fires’ aftermath, wildlife will be challenged

Among the approximately 400 animal species that live in and around the Methow Valley, many are well adapted to survive and even thrive in the wake of wildfires that are a natural part …
Getting married on the Spring Creek Bridge? Be prepared to share the moment

Getting married on the Spring Creek Bridge? Be prepared to share the moment

You won’t need the Town of Winthrop’s permission if you want to get married on the Spring Creek Bridge over the Methow River. But you might need to be ready to have the nuptials interrupted by …