A hand crew from the U.S. Forest Service had completed a fire line around 30 percent of a 1/10-acre fire caused by lightning near Silver Star Creek on the North Cascades Highway as of Friday afternoon (May 22). The fire was burning in timber and brush about one-quarter mile off the North Cascades Highway on the south side of the roadway, according to Kathy Busse, assistant fire management officer with the Methow Valley Ranger District.
Retiring wildlife officer Cal Treser reflects on his 36-year career By Ann McCreary Driving up a mountain road on his way to release a problem black bear on a recent Sunday afternoon, Cal Treser said his 36-year career as a state fish and wildlife police officer was coming to a close on a good note. […]
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 …
Three construction bids for a proposed new Winthrop fire hall for Okanogan County Fire District 6 came in considerably higher than the $2.4 million the district has estimated for the project.
TwispWorks, the nonprofit “center for creative entrepreneurship” on 6 ½ acres in the heart of Twisp, celebrates the opening of the Bernard Hosey Founders Building with an open house during Art Walk on Saturday (May 23) from noon-4 p.m.
Public meetings next week will seek ideas on economic development By Marcy Stamper The Twisp and Winthrop chambers of commerce are teaming up to gather ideas — from residents and business owners — for economic development in the Methow Valley. They have also been conducting their own research into what employers and employees need to create a healthy local […]
Only one local elected office will be contested — a seat on the board of commissioners for Okanogan County Fire District 6 — in general election voting this year. With few exceptions, familiar names will dominate the ballot. Filing ended Friday (May 15). In District 6, incumbent Commissioner Roy Reiber will be challenged by Les V. Stokes of Twisp […]
Fed by nutrients released into soil by scorched trees and foliage, morel mushrooms have been sprouting in areas burned in the Carlton Complex Fire — and pickers have been sprouting along with them in search of the prized fungi.
With memories of last summer’s wildfire disaster still fresh, a campaign is getting underway to help residents of the Methow Valley prepare and protect themselves in an emergency.
The campaign, called MethowReady, will launch this Saturday (May 23) with a “Preparedness Fair” …
New irrigation service is expected to begin providing water this week to Methow Valley Irrigation District (MVID) members living on Wagner, Marble and Burton streets in Twisp, areas not previously served by the irrigation district.