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Senior News: Date

Senior News: Date

 We are hoping that our customers enjoy our special sales. A lot of hours and work go into getting ready for one. One of the volunteers takes on the job of heading a sale up, and we all pitch in and help. We cannot display everything we get, so a lot of the very nice...
MV Nordic Team finishes season in Alberta

MV Nordic Team finishes season in Alberta

A small group of Methow Valley Nordic Team (MVNT) members headed up to Canmore, Alberta, to compete in the junior classes at the Canadian National Championships, which started on March 18 and continue through Saturday (March 25). The competition is taking place at the Canmore Nordic Center, site of the 1988 Olympics and upgraded since...
Letters to the editor: March 22, 2017

Letters to the editor: March 22, 2017

Make it Swaram Creek Dear Editor: It’s hard to let go of our own traditions, but sometimes it is necessary. I’m an herbalist and up until recently, there was a medicinal plant that was commonly referred to with a name that was considered to be both derogatory and offensive, especially to many First Nations people....
Shining the bright light of democracy

Shining the bright light of democracy

By Don Nelson I’m a bit behind in taking note of Sunshine Week (which was March 12 – 18), a nationwide effort launched in 2005 to create and spread nationwide awareness about the importance of citizen access to what government is up to at all levels. On the organization’s website (sunshineweek.org), you can find more elegant language...
A year to live — what would you do?

A year to live — what would you do?

By Rhoda Walter Imagine spending a year as if it were your last. How might that shape your days and your priorities? Would you take a searching look at your life, your values, and your actions? What would you do now to help pave the way for a “good death?” What affairs would you want...
New group launches affordable housing effort

New group launches affordable housing effort

The creation of a new nonprofit housing trust brings the Methow Valley one step closer to solving a long-standing problem, where many people — even those working full time — cannot find affordable housing because housing is expensive and there is very little available. The Methow Housing Trust was launched last week to work toward creating...
Winthrop looks to Twisp for interim policing

Winthrop looks to Twisp for interim policing

The Town of Winthrop is pursuing an agreement under which the Twisp Police Department will temporarily provide law enforcement services while Winthrop is again without any police officers of its own. Winthrop Marshal Hal Henning was fired by Mayor Anne Acheson on Feb. 22, after Henning submitted a formal complaint against the mayor to the town...
Open roads group asks county lawyers to recuse themselves in ‘quiet title’ case

Open roads group asks county lawyers to recuse themselves in ‘quiet title’ case

Citing a “strong appearance of favoritism” and a failure “to defend the public interest in public roads,” a group called the Okanogan Open Roads Coalition has asked the county’s prosecuting attorney and chief civil deputy prosecuting attorney to recuse themselves in a quiet-title lawsuit filed against the county this month by Gamble Land and Timber. The...
Moss returns as interim public works superintendent in Twisp

Moss returns as interim public works superintendent in Twisp

Former Twisp Public Works Superintendent Howard Moss has been hired on a temporary basis to handle his old job while the town seeks a replacement for his successor, Andrew Denham. Denham resigned in January. He said the hour-plus commute to his job in Twisp from his home in Conconully had become too difficult, particularly in...
Twisp Town Council awards contract for new public works shop

Twisp Town Council awards contract for new public works shop

The Twisp Town Council has accepted a bid of $800,000 for construction of a new public works shop on Cottonwood Street to replace the existing shop at Town Hall. It was the second round of bidding on the shop project. Original bids came in higher than expected. The second-round winning bid by Halme Builders of...