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Ski trail closed for salvage logging

TWISP — A cross country ski trail at the Loup Loup summit between Twisp and Okanogan will be closed this week so logging trucks can haul salvaged timber from last summer’s Carlton Complex Fires.

State officials get an earful on wildfire response

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.

Editorial | Mission Ridge sets a good example

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.

Ice rink skates to new home

LAKE WENATCHEE — One of the area’s most popular outdoor skating rinks has glided into a more stable and solid future.

Wilf Woods | Winter fests are coming

January events are coming soon, with Leavenworth’s indie-rock music fest the first one scheduled for the new year on the 9th and 10th.

Cougar shot after killing dog

CASHMERE — A large male cougar was tracked and killed Monday after it killed a dog near the mouth of Brender Canyon.

Workshop set on Forest Service jobs

OKANOGAN — The U.S. Forest Service will host a workshop on its new hiring process from 5 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 6 at the Okanogan PUD in Okanogan.

Sledding into the New Year

New snow means winter fun, but dress warmly. Temperatures could dip to the single digits tonight and New Year’s Eve. Highs will be in the low 20s, gradually warming through the week with a slight chance of more snow by the weekend.

Gather up those gifts, exchange them for gems

No feelings are hurt when I offer kisses, hugs, or, at the least, heartfelt gratitude before gathering the Christmas morning loot in a bag and heading back to the stores to get stuff I really need.

5 things | A community secret: Cascadia Conservation District

I’m Amanda Levesque, Education and Outreach Specialist for Cascadia Conservation District. Conservation Districts are non-regulatory, grant-funded agencies committed to the wise stewardship and conservation of natural resources and we are passionate about our work. Cascadia Conservation District is one of the best kept secrets in your community, offering a wide variety of programs and opportunities. We invite you to learn more about us in this article highlighting five things you should know about Cascadia Conservation District. Please visit our website,, or call us at (509) 436-1601 to learn more!

Methow conservation course to be held

We’re excited to present the 11th annual Methow Conservancy Conservation Course, Mondays, Jan. 26 to March 2 (except Tuesday, Feb. 17), 6 to 8 p.m. at the Twisp River Pub.

Lakes open for trout fishing

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife district fish biologist Travis Maitland reports that although steelheading has not been “red hot” recently, there are decent fish being landed by the hardy and tenacious. In late November, Maitland watched an angler pull steelie from the pool behind Rocky Reach Dam that measured 38 inches and weighed 15 pounds.

Waterfowl hunting, viewing is good in December

December is a good time to hunt ducks and geese in the Columbia Basin as advancing winter conditions move more waterfowl into areas where big water is still open and grain fields provide forage.

Anglers can look forward to spring salmon runs

The first day of winter has officially arrived, but many salmon anglers are plotting their spring-time calendars when 232,500 upriver chinook are forecast back to the Columbia River.