The U.S. Forest Service is taking steps to prevent future mining at about 340,000 acres of federal lands in Washington’s Methow Valley. Leslie Weldon, deputy chief of the agency’s national forest system, said her department will begin working on an administrative…

Rural landowners assert role in fighting wildfires by Chad Sokol Spokesman-Review Wildfires in rural Washington have again brought complaints from farmers and property owners about their role in protecting their land. The fire in Valleyford has been out for a…