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Back to the wild

Back to the wild

Cinder the bear, recovered from her burns, will be set free By Ann McCreary Two weeks after wildfires swept through the Methow Valley last summer, an emaciated young bear limped onto a grassy area near a French Creek home, and lay down in the shade, holding her severely burned paws in the air. After 10...
State grant will help Twisp plan revitalization project

State grant will help Twisp plan revitalization project

The Town of Twisp has received a $50,000 grant to plan a revitalization project aimed at improving the visibility of Twisp businesses, encouraging economic development, and attracting tourism. The funding will allow the town to hire an urban planning consultant to create the plan, which will identify improvements that support the …

Rainstorm triggers flash floods, mudslides on Texas Creek

Surging water also engulfs Carlton homes By Marcy Stamper and Ann McCreary The first thing Ron Race did, the day after his family had waited out last week’s flood of Texas Creek from the safety of their roof, was to power up his backhoe and extract his riding lawn mower from the culvert where it...
Bear Fight Institute selected to be part of NASA mission to Europa

Bear Fight Institute selected to be part of NASA mission to Europa

The Bear Fight Institute and director Thomas McCord have been selected to participate in NASA’s planned mission to Europa, a moon of Jupiter. The mission will conduct detailed reconnaissance of Europa, investigating a liquid water ocean below Europa’s thin icy crust to determine whether it might be suitable for some forms …
County and Forest Service in early talks over road transfers

County and Forest Service in early talks over road transfers

While requests to take roads off Okanogan County’s roster come up with some regularity, a current proposal by the U.S. Forest Service, which would transfer management and maintenance of roads to the county, is much less common. The Forest Service and Okanogan County are in preliminary discussions over …
Short- and long-range projects on Methow Trails agenda

Short- and long-range projects on Methow Trails agenda

Methow Trails, the organization responsible for turning the Methow Valley into a cross country skiing destination, doesn’t stop working when the snow melts. Trail crew and volunteers are keeping busy this summer maintaining trails, improving year-round access, upgrading trailheads and …
Legion Hall: a community asset raises funds for overdue renovations

Legion Hall: a community asset raises funds for overdue renovations

American Legion Methow Valley Post 143 has launched a fundraising effort to pay for renovations to the 65-year-old Legion Hall in Twisp. Post members maintain the building with the resources at hand, but a water-stained ceiling, …
Back at The Goat

Back at The Goat

In just about a month, “Lightning Bill” Austin will return to his home away from home — the fire lookout atop Goat Peak — and he couldn’t be happier. When he hikes with his two dogs up to the lookout tower above Mazama at the end of June, it will mark his 21st summer at Goat Peak, where …...
Hearing examiner won’t reconsider ruling on Three Devils Road

Hearing examiner won’t reconsider ruling on Three Devils Road

Okanogan County Hearing Examiner Dan Beardslee has rejected a request to reconsider his recommendation to keep a primitive road in the Chiliwist open to the public. Gamble Land and Timber, the owner of adjacent property, had asked the county to vacate the road. Gamble did not…
More time to comment on county open-space changes

More time to comment on county open-space changes

The Okanogan County commissioners have slightly modified a proposal that would allow owners of businesses such as campgrounds and golf courses that charge a fee to receive a property-tax reduction if they allow the general public to use some areas for free,