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Local coalition forms to oppose long-term industrial mining in the Methow Valley

Local coalition forms to oppose long-term industrial mining in the Methow Valley

As the U.S. Forest Service nears a decision on permitting exploratory drilling for copper in Mazama, the possibility of “full-scale mining” has prompted local business owners to come together in a campaign opposing any future mining.
County going over road list to clean up legal questions

County going over road list to clean up legal questions

Okanogan County’s 1955 list of almost 500 roads looks predictably dated, produced on an old typewriter with neatly handwritten notations and starting to fray at the edges. Now the engineers and technicians in the county’s Public Works Department are going through that old list  — as well as subsequent changes  — to clear up the legal status of...
News briefs: Dec. 30, 2015

News briefs: Dec. 30, 2015

Outdoor burn ban imposed in county A stage 1 burn ban was imposed Tuesday (Dec. 29) in Okanogan, Kittitas, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Asotin and Walla Walla counties, the state Department of Ecology (DOE) announced. The ban will continue through at least 10 a.m. on Monday (Jan. 4), DOE said. DOE said it...
USFS seeks comments on Chewuch plan

USFS seeks comments on Chewuch plan

Changes would affect road access, maintenance By Ann McCreary Public input is being sought on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Chewuch Transportation Plan released last week by the U.S. Forest Service. The transportation plan will guide management of 394 miles of road on Forest Service lands in the Chewuch River drainage. It includes...
Restoring the forests

Restoring the forests

In an era of increasingly large and destructive forest fires, a strategy for managing Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest lands to make them more resilient will soon be put to its first test in the Methow Valley. The nation’s dry forests, especially forests like …
Cut your own Christmas tree with USFS permit

Cut your own Christmas tree with USFS permit

Christmas tree permits are on sale for $5 each at all U.S. Forest Service ranger stations and the forest headquarters office in Wenatchee, as well as at local retailers. The $5 permit allows a family to cut a tree (maximum height, 15 feet) or dig a live transplant tree, and only two permits will be...
USFS: Storm damage closes Black Canyon Road for the winter

USFS: Storm damage closes Black Canyon Road for the winter

Black Canyon Road, off of Highway 153 between Pateros and the community of Methow, Washington, is closed until repairs can be made, the U.S. Forest Service said Friday (Nov. 20). The road will remain closed to all vehicles, including wheeled and tracked vehicles and snowmobiles, throughout the winter. The groomed snowmobile route along Black Canyon...
Community briefs: November 18, 2015

Community briefs: November 18, 2015

Apply for USFS jobs If you’re interested in seeking temporary employment with U.S. Forest Service during the summer of 2016, you can attend an open house on Thursday (Nov. 19) in room 204 of the Omak Campus of Wenatchee Valley College. Forest Service employees will be on hand from 4 – 7 p.m. to answer questions about local...
The beaver believers

The beaver believers

When Chomper and Sandy met in a concrete pen in Winthrop, it was love at first sniff. He’s an inquisitive 44-pound male, busted for felling apple trees. She’s a lustrous red-blonde, incarcerated for killing cottonwoods. Sandy had first been paired with an inmate named Hendrix, but they lacked …
No decision yet on Mazama-area copper mining proposal

No decision yet on Mazama-area copper mining proposal

A decision on the Mazama Copper Project is not expected until near the end of this year at the earliest, a U.S. Forest Service official said this week. The project proposes drilling exploratory holes on Forest Service land near Flagg Mountain in Mazama to determine …