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It’s been a busy year with lots of attention-grabbing headlines. For our annual Year in Review issue, we’re planning to identify the top stories of 2018 with your help.
It’s simple to participate (except for the deciding part): Pick your own “Top 10” stories – you don’t have to rank them in any order, just pick 10 – from the list below. We narrowed it down to 25 possibilities to make things simpler. If you want to submit custom suggestions, email your top 10 list to firstname.lastname@example.org instead of voting here.
Sports stories of the year will be handled separately.
Select 10 stories that were the most important to Methow Valley residents in 2018
- Summer fires/evacuations/health issues (9%, 40 Votes)
- Headwaters Mining Campaign is in home stretch (8%, 36 Votes)
- Proposed Chewuch River water rights transfer raises worries (8%, 34 Votes)
- Well restrictions could halt building in closed basins (8%, 34 Votes)
- Apple maggot quarantine imposed here (7%, 29 Votes)
- Smokejumper Base’s future gets support (6%, 25 Votes)
- Mixed signals on grizzly bear reintroduction (5%, 23 Votes)
- Methow Housing Trust begins construction (5%, 21 Votes)
- Access disputes on rural roads (5%, 20 Votes)
- Winthrop Marshal’s peace officer certification revoked (5%, 20 Votes)
- Winthrop identifies location for new library (4%, 19 Votes)
- Growth of state’s wolf population slowed down in 2017 (4%, 19 Votes)
- Olympic Peninsula mountain goats dropped off in North Cascades (4%, 18 Votes)
- Local elections (4%, 18 Votes)
- Winthrop’s Westernization board hit by resignations (3%, 15 Votes)
- Suit alleging DNR negligence in Carlton Complex Fire is dismissed (3%, 12 Votes)
- Exchange health insurance options continue to shrink (3%, 12 Votes)
- Winthrop adopts moratorium on nightly rental conversions (2%, 10 Votes)
- Methow Valley Community School closes (2%, 8 Votes)
- Okanogan County PUD signs contract for Enloe Dam design (2%, 7 Votes)
- Mission project gets final U.S. Forest Service go-ahead (1%, 6 Votes)
- Methow River’s steady erosion threatens church in Twisp (1%, 5 Votes)
- County reworks rules for marijuana operations (1%, 4 Votes)
- Methow Valley District Ranger Mike Liu retires (1%, 4 Votes)
Total Voters: 51