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Federal action brings two-year halt to headwaters mining activity

Federal action brings two-year halt to headwaters mining activity

More than 340,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land in the upper Methow Valley are closed to new mineral exploration and mining for the next two years, while federal agencies evaluate whether the land should be protected for up to 20 years. In a victory for …
FEDERAL ACTION CLOSES METHOW HEADWATERS AREA TO NEW MINING FOR TWO YEARS

FEDERAL ACTION CLOSES METHOW HEADWATERS AREA TO NEW MINING FOR TWO YEARS

More than 340,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land in the upper Methow Valley are closed to new mineral exploration and mining for the next two years, while federal agencies evaluate whether the land should be protected for up to 20 years. In a victory for the local Methow Headwaters Campaign, which has worked to protect...
USFS evaluating future of Smokejumper Base

USFS evaluating future of Smokejumper Base

The future of the North Cascades Smokejumper Base (NCSB) will be evaluated during the next year to determine if deteriorating facilities and other problems at the base can be resolved, or whether operations should be …
USFS revises statement on outfitter-guide permits

USFS revises statement on outfitter-guide permits

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has been considering for years the best approach to issuing special use permits for commercial pack and saddle stock outfitter-guides who lead trips on national forests around the Methow Valley and surrounding areas. The National Forest has …
Headwaters Campaign focused on administrative act

Headwaters Campaign focused on administrative act

One big question was on a lot minds last weekend when leaders of the Methow Headwaters Campaign hosted an informational meeting at the Twisp River Grange: How might the incoming Trump administration, with …
Youth’s death possibly caused by alcohol overdose, coroner says

Youth’s death possibly caused by alcohol overdose, coroner says

A preliminary investigation indicates that a 17-year-old man on a brush-clearing crew died from an alcohol overdose or poisoning, according to Okanogan County Coroner Dave Rodriguez. Santos Armando Romero Mendez Jr. (known as Armando) was working on a crew …
U.S. Ag Department backs proposal to protect Methow headwaters

U.S. Ag Department backs proposal to protect Methow headwaters

The effort to protect the upper Methow Valley from future mining took another step forward when it was endorsed last week by the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack said …
Bike alliance begins plans for new trails at Sun Mountain, Loup

Bike alliance begins plans for new trails at Sun Mountain, Loup

Groundwork is being laid for expanding mountain biking trails at Sun Mountain and the Loup Loup Ski Bowl. The Methow Chapter of the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance plans to host community meetings in the near future to gather comments from the public about proposed …
State, region wary of fires as summer winds down

State, region wary of fires as summer winds down

Although this summer has been wetter than the past two, in just six days this past week state firefighters responded to 82 wildfire starts, all but two of them likely human caused. The majority of these were accidents, started by sparks from a flat tire and wheel, by tow chains dragging…
Forest Service, community honor fallen firefighters

Forest Service, community honor fallen firefighters

Firefighters, U.S. Forest Service staff and community members had an opportunity for personal and shared reflection about the lived legacy of Tom Zbyszewski, Rick Wheeler and Andrew Zajac, the three firefighters who died in the Twisp River Fire one year ago. The U.S. Forest Service held a formal tribute on the one-year anniversary of the firefighters’...