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Four Methow Valley roads get lower speed limits

Four Methow Valley roads get lower speed limits

Speed limits on four Methow Valley Roads — about 5 miles total — will be lowered to 35 miles per hour (mph) by the end of next week, after Okanogan County Public Works installs new signs, according to county engineer Josh Thomson. The Okanogan County commissioners approved the changes by a vote of 2-to-1 at their meeting on July 14....
County hears wide support for lowering speed limits on four Methow Valley roads

County hears wide support for lowering speed limits on four Methow Valley roads

ATV group seeks 35-mph zones to increase access By Marcy Stamper In terms of sheer numbers, there appears to be broad support for a proposal by a local all-terrain vehicle (ATV) group to lower speed limits on four Methow Valley roads. Okanogan County received petitions with about 150 signatures supporting the change, and nine of...
Environmental groups sue Forest Service to shut down new ATV routes

Environmental groups sue Forest Service to shut down new ATV routes

Public input, agency review required before changing road access, they say By Marcy Stamper Three environmental and recreation groups have filed a lawsuit claiming that the U.S. Forest Service failed to follow environmental laws that require public input and an analysis of road conditions before allowing ATVs to use the roads. The complaint, filed in...
Some Forest Service roads now open to wheeled ATVs

Some Forest Service roads now open to wheeled ATVs

Several routes for wheeled all terrain vehicles (WATVs) opened Friday (June 26) in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The routes are on roads that are already open to other motorized vehicles, but at this time no other forest roads are open to WATVs, according to an announcement from the U.S. Forest Service.
County considers proposal to lower speed limits on several Methow Valley roads

County considers proposal to lower speed limits on several Methow Valley roads

Speed limits on four roads near Twisp and Winthrop could be lowered if the Okanogan County commissioners approve two requests from a local all-terrain vehicle (ATV) rider group. The North Central ATV Club has asked the Okanogan County commissioners to reduce the speed limit to 35 miles per hour (mph) on …
Questions about ATV routes, access remain unresolved

Questions about ATV routes, access remain unresolved

As all-terrain vehicle (ATV) enthusiasts seek more places to ride, and conservation organizations try to protect fragile lands, the groups continue to cut each other off at the pass. The latest volleys are over county roads in the Methow Valley and proposed ATV routes in the national forest. The North Central ATV Club has asked...
Forest Service will open some roads to ATVs

Forest Service will open some roads to ATVs

Agency will monitor use and resource damage during trial period By Marcy Stamper ATV riders will be able to ride on select U.S. Forest Service roads, now that the agency has worked with rider and environmental groups to identify suitable routes in all seven ranger districts in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The roads will open...
State’s attorney general interprets complex ATV law

State’s attorney general interprets complex ATV law

The state law passed in 2013 expanding opportunities for riding certain types of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on certain roads in the state has proven so confusing that the Okanogan County commissioners, the Winthrop Marshal’s Office and the U.S. Forest Service have all issued permission for people to ride on some roads …
Environmental groups appeal ATV road access to next level

Environmental groups appeal ATV road access to next level

By Marcy Stamper
Claiming that the Okanogan County commissioners did not consider the environmental impacts of illegal ATV riding nor the safety issues that could arise when ATVs share roads with other vehicles, two environmental organizations have appealed the matter to the …
Okanogan Superior Court judge upholds ATV use on county roads

Okanogan Superior Court judge upholds ATV use on county roads

By Marcy Stamper
Assertions that Okanogan County’s approach to all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) could damage sensitive environmental areas and lead to violations of the law are merely speculative, Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Henry Rawson has ruled.