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Boys will counter inexperience with more-aggressive defense

Boys will counter inexperience with more-aggressive defense

The Liberty Bell High School boys’ varsity basketball team will have a decidedly new look this year, and along with that comes some uncertainty. The Mountain Lions lost an average of 34 points a game with…
Competition begins soon for MV Nordic Team

Competition begins soon for MV Nordic Team

The Methow Valley Nordic Team is off to a fast start for the 2016-17 competitive skiing season, team director Leslie Hall said this week. Hall said that about 100 young skiers have signed up for the popular program. “Dry land training has been taking place throughout November and a crew of skiers recently returned from...
Mountain Lion wrestlers take to the mat with new coach

Mountain Lion wrestlers take to the mat with new coach

The Liberty Bell High School wrestling team starts the new season under a new coach: Jonathan McMillan, a Liberty Bell graduate who was an assistant under coach Gunnar Doggett last year. McMillan was a three-time qualifier for the state wrestling meet as a Mountain Lion and is part of a family that has produced several...
Progress made on facility improvements at Mazama Corral Trailhead

Progress made on facility improvements at Mazama Corral Trailhead

Work is progressing on a project to upgrade facilities at the Mazama Corral Trailhead, Methow Trails Executive Director James DeSalvo said this week. Grading, utility, and landscape work is currently underway that will eventually bring improved amenities and increased capacity to the popular trailhead, which currently serves over 15,000 users annually, DeSalvo said in a...

No Time to Laugh

 By James Doran It is not a time to laugh. A fascist in the White House. It never comes all at once. It trickles down slowly and as the American middle class re-emerges we all say, “This ain’t so bad …” While a gnawing voice goes silent, we laugh, “This ain’t so bad …”  ...
Mazama: November 30, 2016

Mazama: November 30, 2016

By Mandi Donohue As much as I love the warm weather, the gorgeous hikes and the gardening in summer, the holiday season is absolutely my favorite time of year in the Methow. It is such a gift to wake up every morning in Lost River to our “air-brushed,” snow-capped mountains. I also love that there are...
Winthrop: November 30, 2016

Winthrop: November 30, 2016

By Ashley Lodato I hope everyone had a good holiday celebrating the kinship established in New England between the native residents of North America and struggling European refugees in the 17th century. In the spirit of promoting gratitude during this holiday season, I will dedicate this week’s shout-out to the Canadian visitor who dropped in...
USFS revises statement on outfitter-guide permits

USFS revises statement on outfitter-guide permits

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has been considering for years the best approach to issuing special use permits for commercial pack and saddle stock outfitter-guides who lead trips on national forests around the Methow Valley and surrounding areas. The National Forest has …
Twisp adopts 2017 budget with slight increase in spending

Twisp adopts 2017 budget with slight increase in spending

The Town of Twisp has adopted a budget for 2017 that is just slightly higher than this year’s budget. Although the town’s spending will remain almost unchanged, Twisp anticipates next year to be a big year for infrastructure improvements, funded primarily through state and federal grants.
Twisp seeks applicants for vacant council seat

Twisp seeks applicants for vacant council seat

Twisp is seeking applicants to fill an unexpired seat on the Town Council that was previously held by Bob Lloyd, who resigned from the board in September. There is one year left in the four-year term, which will be filled by council appointment. The appointed council member would be required to run for election to...