Stories for January 2015


Saturday, January 31


Friday, January 30

Thursday, January 29


Wednesday, January 28


Football fever brings us together

Seattle Seahawks fans have thrown open the so-called "Cascade Curtain" — the imaginary yet-ever-so-real curtain separating politics and lifestyles of those living east and west of the Cascade Mountains.

January 28, 2015 midnight read more..

Land transfer a winning formula

Last week, three bills — two in the House and a companion in the Senate — were filed calling for the study and possible transfer of publicly owned lands managed by the federal government. In short, a handful of senators and a number of Republicans and Democrats in the House want the state to manage the more than 12.17 million acres of land currently under the control of federal bureaucrats.

January 28, 2015 midnight read more..

Tuesday, January 27


Sunday, January 25

Saturday, January 24


Friday, January 23


Wednesday, January 21


Committee looking into land buys

In the wake of the Carlton Complex wildfires this summer, the Legislature is taking a hard look at state agency land ownership and management practices.

January 21, 2015 midnight read more..

Harvest timber while its possible

We urge Natural Resources to continue with its plan to sell the burnt trees, plant new ones and not bend to the demands of those who would clog up the sale process for so long that the trees’ remaining value is destroyed.

January 21, 2015 midnight read more..

Tuesday, January 20


Sunday, January 18

Thursday, January 15


Wednesday, January 14


Policies leading to forest closure

Current forest rules allow off-road vehicles everywhere, unless a need arises for a specific closure. But if the rules change, motorized vehicles would no longer be allowed in millions of square miles of forest in North-Central Washington.

January 14, 2015 midnight read more..

Tuesday, January 13


Monday, January 12


Okanogan County under burn ban

The state Department of Ecology issued the ban Monday based on forecasts of stagnant air conditions in the region, putting the county at risk for air pollution to reach unhealthy levels.

January 12, 2015 noon read more..

Sunday, January 11

Friday, January 9

Thursday, January 8


Wednesday, January 7


Rule change would affect rite of passage

This coming weekend, the state Fish and Wildlife Commission is set to change the sportfishing rules. In short, the new rules will close all of the Columbia River, its tributaries and beaver ponds to fishing “unless otherwise open.” That’s a reversal of tradition.

January 7, 2015 midnight read more..

Tuesday, January 6

Wildfire meeting draws hundreds

Reps. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen, and Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, hosted the presentations by local and state officials during the meeting at Brewster High School.

January 6, 2015 4:29 p.m. read more..

Monday, January 5


Sunday, January 4

Friday, January 2

Winter storm watch in effect

The National Weather Service has issued several watches and warnings for possible snow accumulations across the region this weekend.

January 2, 2015 1:41 p.m. read more..