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In search of ponderosa pines

In search of ponderosa pines

Study looks at ‘imperiled’ trees’ role in the valley ecosystem   By ANN McCREARY Walking through the Methow Valley a century ago, you would find yourself in the midst of open stands of large ponderosa pine trees that dominated the landscape. Today, only a fraction of those expansive, park-like ponderosa pine forests remain, and their...
A half-century of space exploration

A half-century of space exploration

McCord reflects on a career of ‘mounting expeditions like Lewis and Clark’    By ANN McCREARY Planetary scientist Thomas McCord of Winthrop says he’s “lucky” to have entered the world of space science when he did, nearly 50 years ago. The past five decades have been an era of pioneering exploration and discoveries, and McCord...
McCord awarded NASA Public Service Medal

McCord awarded NASA Public Service Medal

Thomas McCord, director of the Bear Fight Institute outside of Winthrop, will be in rare company Thursday (July 18) when he receives NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal in a ceremony at the space agency’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. “The medal is NASA’s highest form of recognition awarded to any non-government individual whose distinguished service, ability, or...

Bear Fight researcher publishes study of volcanic activity on Io

By ANN McCREARY A researcher affiliated with Bear Fight Institute, a NASA-funded planetary science center in the hills above Winthrop, has led a team of researchers in a recently published study about volcanic activity on Io, a moon of Jupiter. Glenn Veeder said Io caught researchers’ attention because infrared images and other data collected by...
Local scientists instrumental in discovery of water on the moon

Local scientists instrumental in discovery of water on the moon

Dec. 30, 2009 By JOYCE CAMPBELL When India’s lunar satellite Chandrayaan-1 began transmitting data back to Earth early this year, a team of scientists in the Methow Valley set about investigating the images and made a discovery that would change the world’s perception of the moon. The scientists at the Bear Fight Center, in the...