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Drought conditions prompt fishing closures, restrictions

Drought conditions prompt fishing closures, restrictions

State fishery managers have closed or restricted fishing on more than 30 rivers throughout Washington to help protect fish in areas where drought conditions have reduced flows and increased water temperatures, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) said in a press release. The closures and restrictions took effect Saturday (July 18) and will...
Killer Whales post top times at Toppenish

Killer Whales post top times at Toppenish

It was a busy week for the Methow Valley Killer Whales swim team, topped off by an appearance at the Toppenish Invitational on Saturday and Sunday (July 11-12). “We attended the Toppenish meet with 19 swimmers from Brewster and Methow,” coach Jeanne White reported. “Every year we compete as a combined Okanogan team, placing second...
Sports briefs: July 15, 2015

Sports briefs: July 15, 2015

Trail work with Methow Trails Methow Trails is holding its July trail-work session at the Patterson Lake Trail on Tuesday (July 21) from 8 a.m.-noon. Trails Manager Jon Albright will instruct volunteers in trail maintenance basics at the Patterson Lake Cabins before turning teams loose to perform tread, slope and brush work on the popular...
USFS completes Lookout Mountain Road improvements

USFS completes Lookout Mountain Road improvements

Lookout Mountain Road, which provides access to a popular hike near Twisp, recently got some long-awaited maintenance from the U.S. Forest Service. Forest Service Road 4345-200 is referred to locally as Lookout Mountain Road because it leads to a trailhead that takes hikers …
Killer Whales power past Brewster in home meet

Killer Whales power past Brewster in home meet

The Methow Valley Killer Whales swim team churned through 90 events in a June 30 dual meet against the Brewster Bearacudas and came away with a convincing win, outscoring the visitors 462-175 at Wagner Memorial Pool in Twisp. The girls’ team racked up 237 points to Brewster’s 107, while the boys prevailed 225-68. With a...
Climbers, USFS combine to build trail

Climbers, USFS combine to build trail

A recent trail-building event hosted by the Methow Valley Ranger District brought together volunteers to construct a sustainable access trail to a newly popular climbing area known as The Matrix. Dozens of volunteers from the local area, and as far away as Leavenworth and Seattle, joined forces to construct the new more-sustainable trail and to...
Killer Whales kick off season with a strong start

Killer Whales kick off season with a strong start

Killer Whales kick off season with a strong start The Methow Valley Killer Whales swim team showed strong early-season form in two meets last week, both in Okanogan, racking up first-place finishes in all age groups and events. The team competed against the Okanogan Bullfrogs on Thursday (June 25), and was back in Okanogan on...
Local youth golfers compete in Bellingham

Local youth golfers compete in Bellingham

  Daisy Hilton (12), Adele Hilton (10) and Willa Hilton (13), all of Winthrop, recently attended a local qualifier for the Drive, Chip & Putt Contest, a national competition that results in the finalists playing at the Masters in April 2016. The competition took place in Bellingham at the Lake Padden Golf Course. The top...
Local angler spearheads adoption of fishing guide legislation

Local angler spearheads adoption of fishing guide legislation

Come July 24, fishing guide boats on the Methow River and all other Washington state waters will be wearing new identification decals, thanks to a new legislative measure spearheaded by Twisp resident and Methow Valley Fly Fishing Club member Larry Hill. The new law, Washington State Senate Bill 5824, requires all …
Pearrygin Lake State Park prepares to shut down along with other state agencies

Pearrygin Lake State Park prepares to shut down along with other state agencies

For the second time in as many years, Rick Lewis is making preparations to shut down the state parks he manages. And if the Washington state Legislature can’t come up with a two-year budget by midnight on Tuesday (June 30), agencies across the state will be turning on their answering machines and locking their doors....