Warm waters may lead to fishing restrictions in local streams, rivers

Warm waters may lead to fishing restrictions in local streams, rivers

With water temperatures in Methow Valley streams and rivers warming to levels that are harmful for fish, local biologists are monitoring conditions to determine if restrictions on fishing may be needed. “We’ve narrowly avoided implementing a hoot-owl fishery,” said Ryan Fortier, district fisheries biologist for Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife...
Rattlesnake encounters bring a buzz to the valley

Rattlesnake encounters bring a buzz to the valley

The northern Pacific rattlesnake, Crotalis oreganus, has been turning up in the Methow Valley this summer in numbers sufficient to give some outdoor enthusiasts and their animal companions a new and unnerving definition of “up close and personal.” Wolves, moose, wolverines and the occasional bear all do their part to...
Wings over Twisp: Sawtooth Soaring hosts the first Methow Valley glider competition

Wings over Twisp: Sawtooth Soaring hosts the first Methow Valley glider competition

Thirteen gliders — also known as sailplanes — and assorted pilots and support crews began gathering at the Twisp Municipal Airport last Friday (July 24) for a “friendly soaring competition” that continued through today (July 29). While glider pilots have been coming to the Methow Valley for years, this was the first soaring competition based...