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Jupiter and Venus are the ‘stars’ of March evenings

Jupiter and Venus are the ‘stars’ of March evenings

By David Ward The two brightest planets rule the night sky in March: Jupiter in the east and Venus in the west, with all the bright stars of winter in between. The two planets are getting closer together and will continue to do so all spring. In June they will pair up in the west...
Large MVNT contingent scorches the trails in B.C. event

Large MVNT contingent scorches the trails in B.C. event

Editor’s note: this report about the Methow Valley Nordic Team is based on information provided by coach Leslie Hall. The Methow Valley Nordic Team (MVNT) took 30 skiers to the BC Championships at Telemark Nordic Center in West Kelowna, B.C., last weekend for a three-day event that included classic mass start races on Friday, skate...
Education opportunity: equal but unequal?

Education opportunity: equal but unequal?

Advocates for minority and low-income students are urging legislators to take a closer look at the state’s McCleary obligation to ensure that all students are given equal and ample …
Comments sought on Chewuch River salmon restoration project

Comments sought on Chewuch River salmon restoration project

A draft environmental assessment has been completed for a project that will restore salmon habitat on a stretch of the Chewuch River, and the public has an opportunity to provide comments on the proposal during the next month. The project, proposed by the Yakama Nation, would construct logjams and backwater channels and enhance pools from...
Winthrop: Feb. 25, 2015

Winthrop: Feb. 25, 2015

By Ashley Lodato Part-time Pine Forest resident (and daughter of valley residents Kurt and Susan Snover) Amy Snover recently returned from a trip to the White House, where she was one of eight people being nationally recognized as a “Champion of Change for Climate Education and Literacy.” The White House’s “Champions of Change” program is...
Lower Valley: Feb. 25, 2015

Lower Valley: Feb. 25, 2015

By Joanna Bastian The garage has been gone for nearly seven months now. You truly never appreciate something until it’s gone. Especially something as inconsequential as a garage. We were at Goat’s Beard Mountain Supply in Mazama, replacing skis and ski boots a few months ago, when my husband mentioned that the garage had a...
Twisp: Feb. 25, 2015

Twisp: Feb. 25, 2015

By Sally Gracie I spent Sunday watching Academy Award “best picture” nominees on pay-per view. After playing a role in The Merc Playhouse Readers Theater production on Friday and Saturday, I was most taken by Birdman, a story about a Hollywood super-hero who, to prove his worth, risks everything as an actor on Broadway. Needless...
Mazama: Feb 25, 2015

Mazama: Feb 25, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Gee, this is almost getting boring. Another sunny Monday morning. The forecast for later in the week calls for some snow, but we have been seeing this for close to a month and so far it has not materialized. My own mantra, and maybe that of a few others, is that the...
In fires’ aftermath, wildlife will be challenged

In fires’ aftermath, wildlife will be challenged

Among the approximately 400 animal species that live in and around the Methow Valley, many are well adapted to survive and even thrive in the wake of wildfires that are a natural part …
Getting married on the Spring Creek Bridge? Be prepared to share the moment

Getting married on the Spring Creek Bridge? Be prepared to share the moment

You won’t need the Town of Winthrop’s permission if you want to get married on the Spring Creek Bridge over the Methow River. But you might need to be ready to have the nuptials interrupted by …