The more remote, the better

  Residents of isolated Stehekin Valley, Wash., population 70, believe their community is frozen in time, and they want to keep it that way. On the northeast end of Lake Chelan, bordering North Cascades National Park and within the Lake Chelan Recreation Area, the town features a post office, hotel and bakery. But there are no roads and a ferry or a float plane is needed to get you into town. Then this August, local landowners William and Patricia Stifter acquired a permit to build 13 condos and a tramway on a spot known as Logger's Point. Stehekin resident Carolyn McConnell says this project would "undermine forever the special character of the Stehekin community" by setting off more development. She and other locals have formed a group, Stehekin Alert, to fight the development. Members are also urging the Park Service to buy Logger's Point and incorporate it into the recreation area.

For more information, contact Stehekin Alert, P.O. Box 303, Stehekin, WA 98852 (510/444-7215); or Superintendent William Paleck at North Cascades National Park, 360/856-5700.

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