and seeing as i fucked that up... slightly... heres the whole truth... as ive just found it... not what i remembered, but the same story.
A downhill ski area is proposed at Sandy Butte, spawning nearly three decades of debate.
3 Feb 1977
Editor Mae Darwood announces a new policy: 'Because of the frequency of Letters-to-the-Editor concerning a possible major destination ski resort in the area, the Methow Valley News will no longer accept such letters either pro or con, unless an individual letter contains facts not previously brought out.'
3 Apr 1980
The Methow Ski Touring Association is formed to promote cross-country skiing.
22 Jan 1983
The Methow Valley Citizens Council (MVCC) organizes to oppose the Sandy Butte ski area.
Mazama Neighbors is founded to support the Sandy Butte ski area.
16 Aug 1984
The Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released by the U.S. Forest Service approves 8,200 skiers for a downhill ski resort at Sandy Butte.
31 Dec 1987
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reverses the Early Winters decision, saying the Forest Service EIS didn't adequately address several issues, including wildlife, air quality in the Pasayten Wilderness, and alternate-site analysis.
1 May 1989
The U.S. Supreme Court reverses the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision on Early Winters, remanding the case to the lower court, accepting parts of the original EIS, but ordering the Forest Service to discuss mitigation measures. Both sides claim to be 'satisfied' with the mixed decision.
14 Aug 1992
The Early Winters property, 1,700 acres at the base of Sandy Butte, is sold at a public foreclosure auction to R.D. Merrill for $830,000.
12 Jan 1995
Plans for a downhill ski resort in the Methow Valley are officially abandoned.
7 Dec 1999
R.D. Merrill Co. announces that they are withdrawing plans for Arrowleaf, citing delays by the Department of Ecology regarding water rights. Proposals for the development project, the latest incarnation of the Sandy Butte/Early Winters ski area, have spanned almost 30 years, been the subject of numerous lawsuits and cost tens of millions of dollars.
29 Dec 2000
Arrowleaf sells 1,100 acres to the Trust for Public Land for more than $15 million, ending the prospects for commercial development of the land once destined for a downhill ski resort.
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