Brown: Similkameen land battle not over

Land Trust not happy with losing conservation funds

When the state recently pulled $3.1 million from a planned conservation project, the Okanogan Land Trust said it was disappointed.

Kinross pulls drilling project

Local officials concerned about jobs, economy

Legislators and other area officials are up in arms over the federal government’s lengthy environ-mental review process that has prompted Kinross Gold Corp. to pull the plug on a project proposal.

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Kinross pulls proposed drilling project

Kinross Gold Corp. has decided to stop spending money on an environmental review of a project proposed in 2009.

Salmon fishing opens Friday on Icicle River

Rule change allows for salmon fishing on Icicle River through July 31

Forest officials to burn 50 acres today

The Methow Valley Ranger District plans to finish burning 50 acres today in the Little Bridge Creek drainage.

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River reaches flood level

Warning remains

A National Weather Service flood warning for low-lying areas along the Okanogan River remains in effect.

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Boulders damage Mount Rainier's Westside Road

Mount Rainier National Park's Westside Road damaged by large boulders

Flood warning issued for Tonasket area

A National Weather Service flood warning for low-lying areas of the Okanogan River remains in effect until further notice

Prescribed burning continues in Methow Valley

With more sunshine this week, the Methow Valley Ranger District is making progress on spring prescribed burning treatments.

Comments sought on copper drilling

U.S. Forest Service reviews proposal by Canadian firm

Area residents will have an opportunity Monday to hear more information about a Canadian company’s proposal to drill for copper in the Flagg Mountain area north of town. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the Winthrop Barn, 51 state Highway 20. A public comment period is open until Saturday.

Ranchers, county oppose fish project

Some fearful move is part of larger western land grab

Virtually every land owner and local water rights holder along Johnson Creek turned out Monday afternoon to call on Okanogan County Commissioners to halt a project to create salmon and steelhead habitat.

Proposal calls for removal of Enloe Dam

No discussion of proposal planned at Tuesday meeting by utility board

A draft proposal to remove Enloe Dam predicts it could be done within five years, at a roughly estimated cost of about $35 million.

Grant funds to help pay for Chesaw Wildlife Area work

Prescribed burn to help elk, mule deer

Okanogan County is among nine that will receive Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation grant funding for habitat projects.

Colville forest has new Republic ranger

An El Yunque National Forest worker in Puerto Rico has been selected to head up the local office of the Colville National Forest.

Highway clearing continues

Opening date still not pinned down for North Cascades

Three weeks into the process of clearing the North Cascades Highway, state crews continue to clear avalanche chutes along the state’s northernmost route through the Cascade Mountains.


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