• Officials Celebrate $10 million in Projects to Increase Flows in Twisp & Methow Rivers (10.17.14)
• NOAA Winter Outlook: Warm Winter for Pacific Northwest, Below-Average Precipitation (10.17.14)
• Salmon People Pray for Sacred Fish to Return to Historic Home (10.5.14)
• Fish Passage White Paper from Columbia Basin Tribes Coalition on the Columbia River Treaty 2014/2024 Review (2.14.14)
• Is Your Fish from the Columbia River Toxic? Everyone Needs to Know(10.4.14)
• Whooshh Innovations—a Gentle Fish Passage Technology
• Conservation Groups appeal Enloe Dam Water Rights Decision
• Fish Agencies offer to Remove Enloe Dam for Fish Habitat
• Okanogan PUD Ratepayers: Enloe Dam Project Costs too much, isn't Economical, and will Raise Your Rates
• U.S. and Canadian Tribal, Religious, and Community Leaders Document Damage by Dams to Columbia River (6.8.14)
• All Signs Still Point to Likely El Niño Conditions for Pacific Northwest— Warmer & Dryer Conditions (6.6.14)
• Similkameen - 150 Years
• PUD Spending Heavily on Risky Economic Project
• Similkameen Fish Habitat—Potential New Economy
• State Board Rules: Similkameen Falls Deserves Water
• Proposed Flow Over Similkameen Falls
• WA Pollution Control Hearings Board upholds Petition for Reconsideration of Aesthetic Flows over Similkameen Falls
• State Agency Certification Supports Dewatering Similkameen Falls
• When Public Utility Districts Forget Who They Serve
• When will Our Nightmare End?
• Pollution Control Hearing Board Decision in favor of Aesthetic Values
• Report Shows Enloe Dam to be Economic Loss
• What Do We Do about Okanogan PUD?
• Ratepayer Issues with the Proposed Enloe Dam Facilities Rebuild
• Group's Appeal State's Decision to De-water Similkameen Falls
• Can Washington State Dry Up a River? River Advocates say "No"
• Will Enloe Dam Ever Come Down?
• Courtroom Updates of Appeal of Dept. of Ecology's Decision to Allow Ok PUD to Dewater Similkameen Falls
• Citizens Groups Appeal Okanogan County Commissioners Decision on Need for EIS of Draft Comprehensive Plan (5.30.14)
• Kinross Gold will Drop Major Gold Exploration on Buckhorn Mountain in Chesaw WA (5.29.14)
• Concerns Rise Over Hanford Waste Tanks (3.2.14)
• Species Banks provide Ecosystem Services (5.14.13)
• We can End the Columbia Basin Salmon Wars Now by Balancing Energy, Conservation (9.22.12)
• SoloPower rolls out flexible Solar Panels in Portland plant opening (9.29.12)
• Teck Metals Ltd. admits using Columbia River as Industrial Sewer (9.13.12)
• Harvard Medical School Study confirms High Rate of Colitis down river from Teck Smelter (8.14.12)
• Teck Metals Ltd. admits Polluting Columbia River in U.S., but does not concede dumped waste caused harm (9.10.12)
• Hearing on Dick (alias "Doc") Hastings' bill (Saving Our Dams and Hydropower Development & Jobs Act 2012) point up divide between fish, hydropower forces (8.16.12)
• Groups say state ignored Clean Water standards when certifying Enloe Dam (8.21.12)
• Appeal filed over Enloe water permit (8.15.12)
• America's Deficit Attention Disorder—Money is the least of our problems—Pay attention to the real deficits that are killing us
• USDA Seeks Comments on Non-Browning Genetically Engineered Apples from Canada (8.17.12)
• Deb Abramhamson: Interview with SHAWL founder who receives Spokane Water Hero award
• Rachael Paschal Osborn: Climate Change and The Columbia River Treaty Renegotiation in 2014
• Northport WA residents downwind of Teck smelter see disease rise (8.12.12)
• Colville Tribe, Teck Resources go to court over Columbia River Pollution(8.12.12)
• California Hydroelectricity Production vulnerable to Climate Change (8.8.12)
• Ecovillage sows resistance and a Sustainable Panama (8.6.12)
• Pebble Mine near headwaters of Bristol Bay in SW Alaska likely to endanger largest Sockeye salmon fishery in world (7.25.12)
• Exempt Wells & Sprawl Threaten Sharp-tail Grouse Habitat & Cattle Ranching in Tunk Valley, Okanogan County (7.15.12)
• Community Cultural Center of Tonasket
• Conservation Northwest
• Conscious Cultural Festival
• Farmers Markets - Okanogan County
• Ferry County Co-op
• Friends of the Trees Society
• Green Okanogan
• Jackrabbit Newsletter
• Kettle Range Conservation Group
• Lake Roosevelt Forum
• LA Catholic Worker Agitator
• Methow Naturalist
• Methow Valley Citizens Council
• Okanogan Highlands Alliance
• Okanogan Land Trust
• Planet Drum Foundation
• SHAWL Society
• Slow Food Okanogan County
• SolWest Renewable Energy Faire
• Tonasket Natural Foods Co-op
• Wisdom of the 13 Grandmothers
• Oct 27 Mt. Bonaparte Light Restoration Program, 5-7pm, Tonasket Ranger District, 1 Winesap, Tonasket.
• Nov 4, Open House for Navy's Plan to Use Tonasket Ranger District Roads for Military Exercises, Okanogan PUD Auditorium, 3:30 pm- 7:30 pm.
• Nov 18, Return of the River, Native American Heritage Month, Food Drive, Omak Theater, 5:30 pm-7:15 pm, Admission is one item of non-perishable food, sponored by Red Road Club of Wenatchee Valley College at Omak.
Celebrating Native American Heritage Month
Sponsored by Red Road Club, WVC at Omak
Food Drive—1 Item non-perishable food admission
Nov 18, 5:30 pm to 7:15pm
The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest is holding an Open House public meeting November 4th from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Okanogan PUD Auditorium to explain the NEPA process that will be used to make their decision to issue a special use permit for 5 years to the Navy to conduct their Mobile Electronic Warfare Test Sites using Forest Service roads. Comments taken until Nov 17 for Okan-Wen National Forest—see below for address. We feel the Open House should be scheduled closer to the planned area, such as holding the Open House in Tonasket. Rather than using Forest Service roads in the Okan-Wen and Colville National Forests, why doesn't the Navy apply to the U.S. Army to use the Yakima Training Center—designed for military use—for their exercises rather than USFS property. Click to view OkanWen National Forest Notice of Navy's Plans.
Some of our concerns are:
(1) It is not clear what attempts were made to gain local comments in determining a “no impact decision” by the U.S. Navy.
(2) Has livestock and wildlife safety been considered with mobile emitters on designated roads?
(3) It is also unclear how Navy will keep humans from using roads for recreation, wood gathering, hunting, etc.
(4) Navy’s EA does not identify direction or intensity of electronic radiation mobile emitters that will be pulsing from our forest service roads.
October 17, the Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest sent us a letter stating there will be a 30-day comment period that will only be announced in the Wenatchee World or on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Web site. The comment period will be from Oct 17 to Nov 17. Send your comments to Supervisior Balboni's address below.
The public comment period has been extended until Oct 31 to submit comments to the Olympic National Forest. There will be a public meeting on Oct 14 from 6-8pm at the Forks High School Commons, 261 South Spartan Avenue, Forks, WA where the U.S. Navy and Olympic Forest Service will answer questions. Send comments to:
• Greg T Wahl, 1835 Black Lake Blvd SW, Suite A, Olympia, WA 983512, email@example.com, 360.956.2375. If you send your comments by email, print them out and mail them to the Forest Service coordinators listed as well.
Please request from the Okanogan and Colville National Forests a public meeting to explain their process in making a decision to allow the Navy to set up these Military Operation Areas on Forest Service Roads. You can send your requests to:
• Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Supervisor, Michael L. Balboni, c/o Phil Christy,1 West Winesap, Tonasket WA 98855, firstname.lastname@example.org, 509.486.1922.
• Colville National Forest Supervisor Laura Jo West, c/o Karen Nooney, Colville National Forest, 765 S. Main Street, Colville WA 99114, email@example.com, 509.684.7189.