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Methow irrigators: From contention to collaboration

TWISP — State, local and federal officials gathered Thursday to celebrate the Methow Valley’s largest irrigation district’s conversion from open ditches to a combination of closed pipes and water pumped from wells.
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‘Wings on the Icicle’

Marcy LaGagnier is documenting osprey along the Icicle River as part of her “Wings on the Icicle” series. These images were taken this summer, showing an adult osprey and its offspring. LaGagnier is a Puyallup-based photographer with family and friends in North Central Washington.

To this lawyer, I-594 looks bad

I just finished reading complete text of Initiative 594. This is a terribly written, unnecessary law that won’t solve any problems but will create lots of them. It is well funded however, but grassroots opposition should win over money any day.

Loop trail hunting ban considered

An earlier version of this story indicated that the amendment being proposed would also ban hunting along the trail, where discharging a firearm is already prohibited. The story has been corrected.
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PUD: Chelan lake levels won’t change

CHELAN — A three-year lobbying effort to benefit tourism by increasing the elevation of Lake Chelan by about one foot through September ended this week, with the Chelan County PUD deciding it couldn’t do it.
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A park begins

WENATCHEE — At the beginning, there was debris.

Plan a fall Okanogan County visit

WINTHROP — Hunters, woodcutters and other forest recreationists recognize the changing colors and cool crisp mornings as signaling the arrival of fall, a popular time to visit your national forest lands.
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Just who is the PCT’s first female solo-hiker?

MAZAMA — With the movie, “Wild,” ready to be released in December, it would be nice to know just who should be credited as the first woman to face the kinds of encounters the movie’s main character faces on the Pacific Crest Trail.
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Storm may bring snow-capped peaks

WENATCHEE — Are you ready for snow? You may get a glimpse of it on distant Cascade Mountain peaks Tuesday or Wednesday as a storm system moves into North Central Washington bringing wetter and cooler conditions.

Cooperation in a true calamity

It was an exceptionally beautiful autumn day on our stretch of the Columbia Friday. The river just kept rolling along at 76,000 cubic feet per second. On shore, orchardists and workers were busy harvesting the last of a record apple crop. Coho and chinook salmon were still arriving by the hundreds, adding to the more than 786,000 salmon that had passed Rock Island since spring. Boaters were enjoying the fine weather. Appreciative people strolled on the shoreline trails. All was right with the world.

FIDO makes video for off-leash parks

WENATCHEE — A local group of dog-lovers working to help transform some donated land along the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail into an off-leash dog park has a new video describing their efforts — and needs.

Under Rainier’s crater lies a natural laboratory

SEATTLE — Counting all the ups and downs, he had climbed more than 15,000 feet to get here — past yawning crevasses and over cliffs where a single misstep could send a rope team tumbling. His party was pummeled by a lightning storm so ferocious it stood one woman’s hair on end. Gale-force winds threatened to shred their tents.