TWISP — A proposal by the Methow Valley Ranger District to log, thin and burn 50,000 acres east of Twisp has been vastly scaled back after last summer’s Carlton Complex Fire torched 70 percent of the project area.
Anglers need to be aware of and prepared for the potentially dangerous conditions of fishing waterways due to winter weather that has been warmer than usual winter so far. “Shelf ice” along the shorelines of rivers and streams can be hazardous and lake fishing on and through ice is only safe after extended day and night time below freezing temperatures.
After the relief of finding a North Idaho snowmobiler who’d been lost in rough winter weather for two nights, the Shoshone County sheriff issued a stern reminder to the survivor and to all other winter snowgoers.
Sat., Dec. 20th we held the 19th annual Bridgeport CBC. This year the weather was terrible: snow or rain ALL day, plus some fog. Twelve very dedicated birders stuck it out and we had a total of 82 species, close to our lowest ever. We missed two species that had been seen every year, ring-necked pheasant and downy woodpecker. BUT, we got one new species, snowy owl!!!
January is the last — and can be the best — month for waterfowl hunting. Migrant ducks and geese from the north are in the region and if large bodies of water remain open for their roosting use, they can provide good hunting opportunities.
BREWSTER — Nearly six months after the Carlton Complex Fires raged through Pateros, George Pearson said it’s still hard sometimes to control his anger. It’s hardest, he said, when his wife starts crying out of the blue because something she lost in the fire pops into her head.
Mission Ridge owner Larry Scrivenich enjoys getting behind the wheel of the resort’s bus and shuttling skiers and snowboarders. Most riders have no idea he runs the joint, which gives him an opportunity to learn firsthand about how customers experience the resort. It’s his way of playing undercover boss.