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Winthrop: June 22, 2016

Winthrop: June 22, 2016

By Ashley Lodato No one (except, perhaps, those who held outdoor weddings on Saturday) should complain about the rain, but I’m going to indulge a little whining about the mid-June frost – following on the heels of a heat wave, no less ? that dashed my hopes of a bumper crop of beans, potatoes and zucchini....
Students: June 22, 2016

Students: June 22, 2016

Scholarship winners Tabitha Bergevin-Krumme and David Dinsmore III are recipients of the Methow Valley Fly Fishers 2016 Al Green Fisheries Enhancement Scholarship. Bergevin-Krumme is a 2015 graduate of Liberty Bell High School who attends Western Washington University, where she is pursuing a degree in chemistry and advanced studies in oceanography. Dinsmore, a 2014 Liberty Bell...
The adventure of a lifetime

The adventure of a lifetime

The Pacific Biodiversity Institute in Winthrop and the North Cascades Basecamp near Mazama recently hosted 13 students between the ages of 18 and 26 from Austria, Spain, Canada and several U.S. states for four weeks, for an intensive Conservation Science and Leadership Course. One of the students wrote the attached article about the experience, which...
TranGO’s Methow Valley bus service ready to launch on July 1

TranGO’s Methow Valley bus service ready to launch on July 1

Bus service in the Methow Valley begins July 1, with nine trips daily between Twisp and Winthrop, and four daily trips between Twisp and Pateros and between Twisp and Okanogan. TranGO (Transit for Greater Okanogan) will operate Monday through Saturday with designated stops along fixed routes, as well as “flag stops” in between.
Motorists may have to mosey through Winthrop

Motorists may have to mosey through Winthrop

Thirty-five miles an hour could go the way of the horse and buggy in Winthrop, where some residents and town council members support lowering the municipal speed limit to slow motorists down. The idea of reducing the speed limit to 25 miles per hour throughout Winthrop drew strong support at last week’s council meeting.
Court voids county ATV ordinance, closing roads to the vehicles

Court voids county ATV ordinance, closing roads to the vehicles

Environmental review called ‘superficial’ By Marcy Stamper Okanogan County’s ordinance opening almost 600 miles of roads to wheeled all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) has been invalidated because the county failed to analyze the environmental impacts of allowing ATVs to use these roads, the state Court of Appeals in Spokane ruled last week. In a ruling that the...
County legal notices to run in Methow Valley News starting in July

County legal notices to run in Methow Valley News starting in July

Ads will also run in Oroville Gazette-Tribune The Okanogan County commissioners reaffirmed their decision to award the contract for the official newspaper of record to the Methow Valley News and Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune after meeting with representatives from the two newspapers, who submitted a joint bid, and the Omak Chronicle. After reviewing the bids and...
Venus in Fur poses edgy questions about desire, romance

Venus in Fur poses edgy questions about desire, romance

Venus in Fur is an intriguing, tantalizing title, and the crew at The Merc Playhouse promise that the show – an edgy, contemporary comedy about desire, vulnerability and relationships viewed through the lens of cultural conventions – will live up to that promise. “I chose the play because it has a very powerful message,” said Ki...
Community contemplates a revitalized Twisp

Community contemplates a revitalized Twisp

Concepts for revitalizing downtown Twisp were presented to the community for feedback last week during an open house at TwispWorks. Prominent archways at intersections leading to the downtown area, wide sidewalks, pedestrian malls, landscaping, and a traffic roundabout on Highway 20 near Glover Street were among the ideas presented by ...
History, nature come together at Newhalem

History, nature come together at Newhalem

For travelers on the North Cascades Highway looking to stretch their legs, the historic town of Newhalem offers intriguing excursions to learn about the natural and industrial history of the area. Exhibits in the Gorge Powerhouse have been completely revamped this year, providing a good understanding of hydropower and the rigors of life for workers...