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From dream to reality

From dream to reality

By Don Nelson Some people can look at a derelict building, or an empty lot, or a dusty storefront and not have their imagination stirred one bit. Others will stop, stare and start wondering: “What could I do with that?” The Methow Valley has an abundance of creative thinkers in the second category. I offer...
Letters to the editor: May 10, 2017

Letters to the editor: May 10, 2017

It takes a community Dear Editor: I write to express appreciation for our community’s support of the arts, in general, and, in particular right now, of the current production of “Peter Pan” by the Tom Zbyszewski Children’s Theater at The Merc Playhouse. “Community” theater certainly self-describes: from the director’s vision to everyone who makes it...
Loup Loup road work continues; Memorial Day is target for North Cascades opening

Loup Loup road work continues; Memorial Day is target for North Cascades opening

Work to reopen Highway 20 to traffic over Loup Loup Pass continues six days a week, with a target opening date in June. Meanwhile, snow clearing crews are making headway on Highway 20 over the North Cascades, and it appears likely the road will open to traffic in time for Memorial Day, …
Oral arguments heard in county comp plan suit

Oral arguments heard in county comp plan suit

Oral arguments in the lawsuit over Okanogan County’s comprehensive plan and zoning code—the suit claims the plans fail to protect water quality, don’t address wildfire risk, and don’t protect wildlife habitat—were heard in court recently. Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Chris Culp heard arguments on May 1, …
State panel’s decision keeps Enloe Dam process going

State panel’s decision keeps Enloe Dam process going

With the unanimous decision by a state panel to authorize a streamlined design/build process for Enloe Dam, the PUD’s 9-megawatt hydroelectric project on the Similkameen River is closer to becoming a reality. The eight-person panel with the Washington Department of Enterprise Services approved the …
Harts Pass: May 10, 2017

Harts Pass: May 10, 2017

Corral owner reassures Winthrop horses are OK, work underway

Corral owner reassures Winthrop horses are OK, work underway

Leanna Melton, owner of the horse corral on Highway 20 next to the Methow River Bridge, had a bone to pick with the Winthrop Town Council last week. Ultimately, the discussion was amiable, and Melton assured the council that her horses are healthy and well cared for, and that she …
Twisp delays airport taxiway project to apply for more state funds

Twisp delays airport taxiway project to apply for more state funds

A project to build a new taxiway at the Twisp Municipal Airport will be delayed until 2020 to take advantage of new state grant opportunities, the Twisp council decided recently. Town officials had been planning to apply for a $250,000 grant from Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) this …
Several construction projects underway in Twisp

Several construction projects underway in Twisp

Construction projects are underway on both ends of Twisp to install new water lines and sidewalks. New sidewalks, curbs and gutters have been installed on Twisp Avenue, at the north end of Glover Street, between Highway 20 and Lincoln Street. The federally funded project will improve pedestrian access through town and to the Twisp park...
New website connects Methow Valley nonprofits, organizations with potential volunteers

New website connects Methow Valley nonprofits, organizations with potential volunteers

A new website, VolunteerMethow.org, was unveiled last week to make it easier for community members to get involved with local nonprofit and community organizations. The website was created by local software developers, working with the Methow Conservancy. All Methow Valley community groups are …