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North Cascades Highway open for ‘49ers

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WINTHROP — After nearly six weeks of snowblowing, plowing, repairing equipment, setting off avalanches and plowing some more, state road crews reopened the North Cascades Highway at noon Thursday.

The annual reopening occurred just in time for Winthrop’s major spring festival this weekend, the 69th Annual ‘49er Days.

“We all live up here and know how great it will be for local businesses to have the highway open for the festival,” said Don Becker, a state Department of Transportation maintenance…

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