Parts of Pasayten closed by wildfire
Hunters who plan to head out to the popular Horseshoe Basin in the Pasayten Wilderness for the high hunt should have an alternate destination in mind, since that area is closed because of the Crater Creek Fire, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) said.
U.S. Forest Service administrators and the Tonasket Ranger District are reevaluating closures daily, but they expect that the northeastern part of the Pasayten will most likely still be closed when the hunt begins on Sept. 15. Parts of the Methow Valley Ranger District in the Chewuch watershed are also closed.
The high hunt runs from Sept. 15-25. Other areas open for the hunt are in the Alpine Lakes, Lake Chelan Recreation Area, Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, Olympic Peninsula, and Henry Jackson Wilderness. More details are available at https://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/big-game.
For information on current closures, go to the national forest websites: Okanogan-Wenatchee (https://www.fs.usda.gov/okawen) and Colville (https://www.fs.usda.gov/colville).
Information on the Crater Creek Fire and closures is at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov.
Rodeo queen tryouts
Tryouts for the 2024 Methow Valley Rodeo queen will be on Labor Day — Monday, Sept. 4 — at noon at the rodeo grounds on Twin Lakes Road. For more information, contact Amanda Hammer at (509) 264-3337.
Fixing a bike flat
Methow At Home sponsors a free clinic on how to change bike tires, presented by longtime bicycle mechanic Jim Hoch, on Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 11 a.m.-noon in the Winthrop library community room. Register at methowathome.org.