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Crews team up to contain spot fires S.E. of Twisp

Crews team up to contain spot fires S.E. of Twisp

About two dozen hand crews, two helicopters with water buckets, a bulldozer and 10 smokejumpers (on foot) attacked at least two spot fires southeast of Twisp on Sunday afternoon (June 21). The fires were reported at 2 p.m. after they sent up a significant plume of smoke. Crews from Okanogan County Fire District 6 were...
Forest Service extends campfire bans

Forest Service extends campfire bans

Continued hot, dry weather and the increasing fire hazard have prompted the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest to expand campfire restrictions across the forest. Effective Friday (June 26), building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire or briquette fire is prohibited, except at most designated campgrounds, approved sites, and in certain wilderness areas of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National...
Community News briefs: June 17, 2015

Community News briefs: June 17, 2015

Outdoor learning at Basecamp A series of free outdoor adventure and education programs at North Cascades Basecamp near Mazama begins on Monday (June 22). Julie Grialou of the Methow Conservancy will discuss restoration of the landscape after the Carlton Complex Fire at 7 p.m. On Tuesday (June 23), Kim Romain-Bondi will lead an “owl prowl” beginning...
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...
County and Forest Service in early talks over road transfers

County and Forest Service in early talks over road transfers

While requests to take roads off Okanogan County’s roster come up with some regularity, a current proposal by the U.S. Forest Service, which would transfer management and maintenance of roads to the county, is much less common. The Forest Service and Okanogan County are in preliminary discussions over …
Decision on exploratory copper drilling expected in July

Decision on exploratory copper drilling expected in July

A decision on whether to permit exploratory drilling for copper near Mazama is expected by mid-July, according to U.S. Forest Service officials conducting an environmental analysis of the proposal. The proposed drilling project has been studied by the Forest Service for more than a year, …
Community news briefs: May 27, 2015

Community news briefs: May 27, 2015

Aero Methow honors Reiber Aero Methow Rescue Service in Twisp will host an open house on Saturday (May 30) to acknowledge Rob Reiber’s 26 years of volunteer service. The free event will be from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Parking will be available at Cascade Bible Church. For more information, call 997-4013. Our treasured landscape The Methow Valley Interpretive...
Forecast: dry summer with familiar arsenal for fire prevention, suppression

Forecast: dry summer with familiar arsenal for fire prevention, suppression

With the first lightning-caused fire in the county in early May and the governor’s declaration of a statewide drought this week, government officials and the general public are nervously anticipating another extra-dry summer. In terms of funding and actual resources — firefighting …
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...
Community briefs: May 13, 2015

Community briefs: May 13, 2015

Eat and shop in Mazama Bring your appetite and shopper’s sharp eye to the Mazama Community Club’s pancake breakfast and flea market on May 23 from 8 a.m.-noon. Cost of the breakfast is $6, or free for children 5 and under. For information about the breakfast or to volunteer as a helper, call 996-7897. If...