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USFS reinstates ATV ban on most roads

USFS reinstates ATV ban on most roads

By Marcy Stamper

In another policy reversal, the U.S. Forest Service has determined that all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are not permitted on most roads in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

‘Lightning Bill’ moving from Goat Peak to Leecher Lookout

‘Lightning Bill’ moving from Goat Peak to Leecher Lookout

By Ann McCreary
This summer would have been “Lightning Bill” Austin’s 20th anniversary as the U.S. Forest Service’s fire lookout atop Goat Peak in Mazama. Instead, he’ll be …
USFS sets meeting to discuss Flagg Mountain drilling proposal

USFS sets meeting to discuss Flagg Mountain drilling proposal

The U.S. Forest Service will host a meeting on Monday (May 19) at the Winthrop Barn to provide information about a proposed minerals exploration project on Flagg Mountain. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Methow Valley District Ranger Michael Liu said the meeting will not be a public hearing but rather an opportunity for the...

Twisp River Road closed near Poplar Flat

Twisp River Road has been closed near Poplar Flat Campground because water cutting across the road has created unsafe conditions, the U.S. Forest Service said Friday (May 9). “Storms last summer damaged some of the forest roads,” said Michael Liu, Methow Valley District Ranger in a press release. “We were able to get some temporary...
Drilling concerns aired

Drilling concerns aired

By Ann McCreary
Community members and representatives of environmental groups met Monday (April 28) with U.S. Forest Service officials to discuss concerns about exploratory drilling for copper proposed to take place as early as August near Flagg Mountain in Mazama. Concerns included potential impacts on wildlife and water, noise levels that might …

Trailer access eased on Harts Pass Road

Trailer restrictions on Harts Pass Road have been changed for the spring season to allow trailers of up to 20 feet in length, regardless of the number of axles, according to the U.S. Forest Service. In the past, the Forest Service allowed only single-axle trailers, but recently changed the restriction to trailers equal to or...
Prescribed burning plan is set for valley

Prescribed burning plan is set for valley

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest’s prescribed burn plan for 2014 includes half-a-dozen potential sites in the Methow Valley, according to the U.S. Forest Service. They are: • Eightmile Creek, 12 miles northwest of Winthrop — 50 acres of hand pile burning and 2,250 acres of restorative underburning. • Cub Creek and Fawn Creek, 8-10 miles northwest of Winthrop — 1,500...
B.C. company to explore Mazama-area copper mining

B.C. company to explore Mazama-area copper mining

By Ann McCreary

A Canadian mining company is proposing to conduct exploratory drilling in a search for copper on Flagg Mountain near Mazama, with the intention of beginning in August. The company is proposing to drill 15 holes to depths of up to 1,900 feet on U.S. Forest Service land in an...

ATV access: What does it mean?

ATV access: What does it mean?

By Marcy Stamper
Although more than 240 people — 29 in Okanogan County — have obtained the state’s new license for riding specially equipped all-terrain vehicles on roads, confusion persists about where people can legally operate their ATVs. Recent decisions by …
Wildfire burns 25 acres near Pearrygin Lake

Wildfire burns 25 acres near Pearrygin Lake

A wildfire that started shortly after noon on Monday (March 31) at the shooting range above Pearrygin Lake consumed about 25 acres of grassy hillside. Winds pushed the fire up the slope from the shooting range and dry grasses fed the fire, said Fire Chief Don Waller of Okanogan County Fire District 6. Waller said...