OKANOGAN — State Department of Fish and Wildlife officers on Friday seized 9 trophy deer heads after searching four homes in Okanogan County. A 10th head was recovered last month, authorities said. The evidence will be key to solving the case of the headless bucks, reported by residents from Malott to Okanogan who’ve been finding carcasses of whitetail and mule deer with the heads cut off and the bodies left to rot, said Wildlife Sgt. Jim Brown.
TONASKET — Several groups involved with salmon recovery will attend the free showing of the film, “Salmon: Running the Gauntlet,” at 6 p.m. on Friday at the Community Cultural Center, 411 S. Western Ave., Tonasket.
WENATCHEE — While dozens of wildfires were burning out of control in North Central Washington late last summer, at least two people decided it would be a good time to do some target shooting in the dry, grassy hills above Alta Lake. They set up an exploding target — a type of device blamed for starting at least two dozen fires across the west last summer — and fired at it, causing a loud boom, and a huge smoke-like cloud. The outing also resulted in the Goat Fire, which would ...
OKANOGAN — A burn ban in effect since Friday in Okanogan County was extended this morning until at least 10 a.m. Tuesday. Monitors in Twisp and Omak showed air quality this morning to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.
WENATCHEE — Compared with the game wardens of years past who focused largely on patrols and writing tickets, today’s state Department of Fish and Wildlife officers are highly trained police officers who investigate complex crimes. Among hunters, some welcome the change, while others say it’s gone too far.
OMAK — In an office building in Omak, Dan Christensen sits in front of two computers. On one, he’s filling out a damage complaint for deer that got into a nearby orchard. On the other, he’s recovering digital photographs erased from a memory card that may contain important evidence. The $4,500 thumbdrive that helps him reconstruct a photograph was developed to investigate child pornography. But Christensen isn’t looking for people who make and distribute child porn. He’s trying to find the people who poach deer, bait bear, or kill wolves.
WENATCHEE — A judge has reversed her decision from last summer ordering the removal of three manmade peninsulas on Lake Chelan. The issue will instead go to trial, Chelan County Superior Court Judge Lesley Allan ruled.
WENATCHEE — Federal agencies will waive recreation user fees on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The forest pass, a day-use parking fee required on some federal lands, is waived at all U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation lands.
WENATCHEE — A Stage 1 burn ban is still in effect as an inversion and stagnant air is forecast to continue for all of North Central Washington at least until Tuesday. Under a Stage 1 ban, all outdoor burning and the use of uncertified wood-burning devices is prohibited, unless it is a home’s major source of heat.
WENATCHEE — The state Department of Ecology on Tuesday banned all outdoor burning and the use of uncertified wood-burning stoves, inserts or fireplaces in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties, until further notice. Current weather conditions has resulted in stagnant air, and air quality monitors in Wenatchee and Twisp recorded moderate air quality, while those in Leavenworth and Okanogan registered air unhealthy for sensitive groups.
More than 350 spent Christmas trees were collected and composted the past two weekends at several Chelan County drop off points. Local Boy Scouts helped collect and dispose the trees at some of the locations
TWISP — A U.S. Forest Service plan to manage fuels would include logging, thinning, under-burning and constructing firelines on 47,000 acres south and east of Twisp. The Methow Valley Ranger District is seeking comments on the South Summit Forest and Fuels Project by Feb. 4.
WENATCHEE — The state Department of Ecology is offering a new fee-based program to speed up the water rights application process, and the Wenatchee Basin will be the first to try it out. Some 150 water right applicants will get letters inviting them to help hire a consultant who can sort through applications so that water for new applicants can become available. Applicants can then reimburse Ecology for hiring the state-approved contractor to process pending applications.
CHELAN — Wild bighorn sheep appear to be thriving in North Central Washington, including three herds in Chelan County, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife says. Recent surveys indicate those herds are growing at a rate of about 10 percent a year, said Jon Gallie, the agency’s assistant district biologist.
WINTHROP — When the state Department of Transportation started making safety improvements at the Methow Valley State Airport last year, nearby resident Ken Bevis didn’t think much about it. After all, the airport isn’t that close to his quiet rural residence.