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Gap closes to 15 miles in North Cascades snow clearing

Gap closes to 15 miles in North Cascades snow clearing

East side and west side Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) crews clearing snow from the North Cascades Highway had closed to within 15 miles of each other by the end of the second week of work on the road, WSDOT said Friday (April 11). WSDOT said an earlier estimate that it would take about...

Got plastic? You can recycle more of it now

Methow Recycles and WasteWise are now able to recycle a much wider variety of plastic products as well as milk, juice and soup boxes. “The most frequently heard question from Methow Recycles’ customers is, ‘why can’t I recycle my yogurt tubs, lettuce boxes and milk cartons,’” said Susan Ernsdorff, plant manager for Methow Recycles. Now...
Students take on real-world design project for TwispWorks’ new deck

Students take on real-world design project for TwispWorks’ new deck

By Marcy Stamper
As their teacher and design professionals watched, two Liberty Bell High School students spun a wooden warehouse around on their computer monitors, extended the …
No state money to repair Twisp Town Hall this year

No state money to repair Twisp Town Hall this year

By Ann McCreary
Efforts to acquire state funding to repair Twisp Town Hall are on hold, probably until next year, according to Mayor Soo Ing-Moody. A request for funding to replace the current town hall building was included in the Legislature’s capital budget, but that budget was …
ATV access: What does it mean?

ATV access: What does it mean?

By Marcy Stamper
Although more than 240 people — 29 in Okanogan County — have obtained the state’s new license for riding specially equipped all-terrain vehicles on roads, confusion persists about where people can legally operate their ATVs. Recent decisions by …
Farmers Market opens new season

Farmers Market opens new season

By Laurelle Walsh
The first Methow Valley Farmers Market of the 2014 season opens on Saturday (April 12) at 9 a.m. The valley’s longest-running weekly market is based at the Methow Valley Community Center parking lot off Highway 20 in the heart of Twisp …
Winthrop council to hear appeal of marijuana retail sales decision

Winthrop council to hear appeal of marijuana retail sales decision

By Don Nelson
The Winthrop Town Council will hear an appeal of town planner Rocklynn Culp’s decision to prohibit the retail sale of marijuana in the Horizon Flats area. The appeal will be heard at the council’s April 16 meeting. As a result, a public hearing on the broader issue of …
WSDOT makes progress on clearing Highway 20

WSDOT makes progress on clearing Highway 20

Avalanche supervisor Mike Stanford said the snow is soft and the clearing is going quickly, according to the press release. At the Washington Pass summit, the snowpack had melted from 10 feet down to a little over 7 feet, WSDOT said. Clearing on Monday progressed to milepost 168 near Lone Fir Campground, WSDOT said.
OCEC members’ annual meeting at the Barn on Monday

OCEC members’ annual meeting at the Barn on Monday

By Ann McCreary
The annual meeting for members of the Okanogan County Electric Cooperative will be held Monday (April 14) at the Barn in Winthrop. Registration opens at 6 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7 p.m The first 100 members to register will receive an energy efficient LED light bulb. The program will...
Co-op unveils new policy for capital credit payouts

Co-op unveils new policy for capital credit payouts

By Ann McCreary
The Okanogan County Electric Cooperative (OCEC) has implemented a new policy for distributing capital credits that allows members who are 80 years or older to request a payout on their outstanding capital credits at a discounted amount. Applications must be received by the OCEC office by April 18. Distribution …