Today is Wednesday, Jul. 27, 2016

SPORTS
Clearing the way

Clearing the way

Back country horsemen from around the state volunteered almost 1,800 hours clearing and improving trails on U.S. Forest Service land in the Methow Valley during a five-day work party over the Fourth of July weekend. About 75 members of the Back Country Horsemen of Washington (BCHW) sawed out hundreds of downed trees, cleared overgrown vegetation,
Hungry bears foraging too close to local homes

Hungry bears foraging too close to local homes

Fire damage affected usual food supply By Ann McCreary Habitat damage from wildfires may be contributing to problems with black bears at homes in the lower Methow Valley, according to state wildlife officials. Washington Department of Fish and Game (WDFW) captured a small male bear last Friday (July 8) in a trap set at a...
Upgrade your fishing license

Upgrade your fishing license

From now through September, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is offering current freshwater or saltwater fishing license holders the opportunity to upgrade to a combination license for under $28. The upgrade will give those anglers all the fishing privileges of a combination license at the cost they would have paid if they...
Town officials hopeful that Twisp pool will open Monday

Town officials hopeful that Twisp pool will open Monday

Town officials are hoping to open the Wagner Memorial Pool on Monday (July 11) if it can be filled and heated in time. Contractors were wrapping up work on resurfacing the pool, a project that has taken longer than anticipated. A final coating was being applied to the interior of the pool and new tile...
Killer Whales best Brewster in dual meet, take on Omak next

Killer Whales best Brewster in dual meet, take on Omak next

The Methow Valley Killer Whales were back in the water for two meets last week, including a win over the Brewster Bearacudas in head-to-head competition. With an expanded complement of swimmers, the Killer Whales edged Brewster on June 30, 298-276. The Methow Valley team brought 38 competitors, about twice as many as swam in the...
New look for school’s tennis courts

New look for school’s tennis courts

The dull gray surface at the Liberty Bell High School tennis courts has been replaced by a new, brilliant blue playing area, an upgrade that was completed this week. The new playing area has contrasting green aprons around the courts, replacing the old, faded red surface. New nets have also been installed. The courts won’t...
Clearing underway on Harts Pass Road 

Clearing underway on Harts Pass Road 

Work is underway to clear the rockfall from Harts Pass Road, northwest of Winthrop, District Ranger Mike Liu said late last week. Crews are breaking up and removing the large boulders that have blocked the road since last November. “They’re making good progress,” Liu said. He said the road may be open by early this...
On a roll

On a roll

After a slow start, outdoor roller skating is beginning to gain momentum at the Winthrop Ice & Sports Rink (WISR). When ice-making equipment was installed at the rink last winter, a concrete surface was laid with the intention of opening the
MV Killer Whales see first competition of swim season

MV Killer Whales see first competition of swim season

A smaller-than-usual contingent of Killer Whales — the Methow Valley Swim Team — competed last weekend at the Okanogan Pentathlon swim meet. Because the Wagner Memorial Pool in Twisp is being repaired and has yet to open this season, swim team members have had to find other ways to practice. About 20 Killer Whales entered the five events at...
Salvaging road kill is legal starting this week

Salvaging road kill is legal starting this week

As of Friday (July 1), it will be legal for people to salvage deer or elk killed in motor-vehicle accidents. More than 3,000 deer and elk are killed on Washington highways every year, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).