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A good month to go planetary

A good month to go planetary

By David Ward Maybe you have noticed a very bright red light shining steadily low in the southeast not long after it gets dark. No, it is not a UFO or the mysterious Planet X. Actually, it’s Mars and it is closer to us than it has been for the last 10 years. Every two...
DNR: Twisp River Fire caused by tree contact with powerline

DNR: Twisp River Fire caused by tree contact with powerline

An investigation into the cause of the Twisp River Fire has concluded that the August 2015 fire ignited when small tree branches, blown by wind, rubbed against a powerline conductor. “The wildfire was determined to be caused by the branches of a water birch tree, being a capable fuel that would sustain combustion, coming in contact...
Methow Valley Rodeo breaks out of the chute this weekend

Methow Valley Rodeo breaks out of the chute this weekend

It’s been a year since the valley hosted a rodeo, and the Methow Valley Horsemen (MVH) are looking forward to getting back in the arena this weekend for the 45th Memorial Day Rodeo. The MVH usually sponsors two rodeos a year — on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend — but last year’s Labor Day event was canceled because...
Dawn Space Mission leaders offer presentation at Sun Mountain

Dawn Space Mission leaders offer presentation at Sun Mountain

An international gathering of scientists involved in NASA’s Dawn Space Mission will convene at Sun Mountain Lodge next week, and two leaders of the space mission will give a public presentation about the spacecraft and its discoveries. The free lecture at 7 p.m. at Sun Mountain Lodge will feature Tom McCord, director of the Bear Fight...
A lasting legacy

A lasting legacy

Ellis Fink spent much of life on horseback, and was known to take extraordinary care of his stock. His sterling reputation as a trail crew leader, backcountry packer and recreation facilities manager was built on nearly 40 years of experience in the Methow Valley’s most rugged reaches. His contributions to the twice-annual Methow Valley Rodeo are...
Twisp is alive with the sound of music this weekend

Twisp is alive with the sound of music this weekend

A musical weekend is in store as Cascadia Music hosts concerts throughout Twisp on Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29. The annual Music Days celebration features free casual daytime performances by small ensembles around town on Saturday, and concludes with Pipestone Orchestra’s spring concert on Saturday evening. The lineup for the day …
ILC gets special waiver to measure learning instead of credit hours

ILC gets special waiver to measure learning instead of credit hours

The Methow Valley Independent Learning Center (ILC) is now one of only four schools in the state where students can show their progress by demonstrating what they’ve learned, rather than having to accumulate a set number of credits. The Washington State Board of Education granted the unusual competency waiver to the ILC on May 12. The...
Filling a hole

Filling a hole

By Don Nelson It’s going to take a while to get used to that empty lot on Riverside Avenue in Winthrop where the old house that was most recently home to Arrowleaf Bistro once stood. It’s a startling gap in a familiar streetscape, likely to surprise people who haven’t visited in some time. After the...
Letters to the editor: May 25, 2016

Letters to the editor: May 25, 2016

Common sense, please Dear Editor: What the heck is going on? Why are Americans allowing men in women’s bathrooms? By subscribing to the idea that we need to make everyone comfortable, we are making the majority very uncomfortable about using public bathrooms. This attitude has already caused problems. For example: A man, posing as a...
The Founding Fathers’ nightmare

The Founding Fathers’ nightmare

“I play to people’s fantasies.” –Donald Trump, The Art of the Deal It took 229 years, but one incarnation of the Founding Fathers’ worst nightmare has arrived: Donald Trump. He’s just the sort of charismatic charlatan who surely would have inspired queasiness among the Founders about the wisdom of heaving off a king and crowning...