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CNW Fire Dispatch #2 – Perspective from our Science Director

CNW Fire Dispatch #2 – Perspective from our Science Director

Posted by Chase Gunnell at Aug 25, 2015 11:25 AM |

Editor’s Note: The below is the second of our dispatches from staff living or working in the north-central Washington communities impacted by this year's fires. Dave Werntz, our Science and Conservation Director, lives in Twisp. His family evacuated to the westside this past weekend.

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CNW Fire Dispatch #1 – The view from Omak

CNW Fire Dispatch #1 – The view from Omak

Posted by Chase Gunnell at Aug 25, 2015 09:20 AM |

By Jay Kehne. Living on a hill near the Okanogan River south of Omak, my family and I are fortunate to be in a position to watch and keep track of the fires but so far have not been evacuated.

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Update on wildfires and our Twisp staff

Update on wildfires and our Twisp staff

Our staff in Twisp (and office dog Abby and horse Homer) evacuated safely yesterday.

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News flash on Okanogan ATVs

News flash on Okanogan ATVs

Posted by Mitch Friedman at Mar 24, 2014 01:35 PM |

I’m delighted that Okanogan County, faced with a difficult trial against Conservation Northwest and the Methow Valley Citizens Council, chose to rescind two ordinances it passed last year that would have opened up county roads to an unlawful level of ATV access. The county commissioners had been overly aggressive in trying to use new authorities the Conservation Northwest, as part of a diverse group of conservation and motorized recreation stakeholders, shepherded through Olympia. The objective of the new state law was to increase recreational opportunities by allowing ATVs on certain types of low-speed (35 mph or less) roads while reducing environmental impacts by imposing visible license plates on all ORVs and boosting enforcement, so we can bust the bad apples who illegally ride through our sensitive backcountry.

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