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The Pleiades are the real stars of our December skies

The Pleiades are the real stars of our December skies

By David Ward Everyone’s favorite little star cluster, the Pleiades, adorns our evening skies this month. Look up into the east just after it gets completely dark for a small grouping of dim stars about the size of the full moon. There is nothing up there anywhere quite like it. Some people mistake it for...
Intrigue in the 12th

Intrigue in the 12th

By Don Nelson If there’s a clue to what transpired in the recent 12th legislative district Senate race, it might be found in one line from a newspaper ad placed by winner Brad Hawkins: “Puts public service before politics.” In the 12th District contest, Republican Party leadership decided, one could arguably conclude from the voters’...
What we’ve learned so far

What we’ve learned so far

Hillary Clinton won the presidential election by more than 2 million votes, or 1.5 percent of votes cast. But we get Donald Trump. Cowboy up, people. Yes, Trump lost. But under rules of the game, he has a legitimate claim to the presidency. Our core strength is that we’re a nation of laws. Trump gets...
Letters to the editor: November 30, 2016

Letters to the editor: November 30, 2016

Getting engaged Dear Editor: The New York Times just published an op-ed in the form of a 12-step program for responding to president-elect Trump on Nov.17. You can Google it. Take your time to choose where to get engaged as you read about all the problems that need fixing. Not everything is a problem, of...
Methownet.com alters its online rules

Methownet.com alters its online rules

The pitched emotions and so-called fake news that engulfed the country during the often-vitriolic election campaign have generated enough soul-searching to prompt a policy change at the Methownet.com bulletin board (www.methownet.com/bulletinboard.html). On Nov. 18, under …
Methow Trails adapts its Nordic system as climate changes

Methow Trails adapts its Nordic system as climate changes

When Methow Trails measures its Nordic trail system in inches — 7,603,200, to be exact — it’s not just a gimmick to make the network seem larger. The trails staff actually tend their 120 miles of trails by the inch, taking into account the effect of every rock, root and …
Proposal for vintage trailer park near Methow raises hackles, more questions

Proposal for vintage trailer park near Methow raises hackles, more questions

Although she has a compliance plan with Okanogan County that spells out the necessary permits for an RV park she is planning near the town of Methow, property owner Kimberly Mele continues to provoke neighbors and county officials by working on the site without authorization.
Free skating at grand opening celebration for Winthrop Rink this week

Free skating at grand opening celebration for Winthrop Rink this week

The Winthrop Rink will host its official grand opening on Thursday (Dec.1) to celebrate the completion of a long-dreamt-of project to install permanent ice-making equipment at the facility. The new refrigeration system began operating in early November and the ice surface, complete …
Harts Pass: November 30, 2016

Harts Pass: November 30, 2016

News of Record: November 30, 2016

News of Record: November 30, 2016

Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office Nov. 19 STRAY ANIMALS: Caller on Balky Hill Road, Twisp, reported that about 15 cattle were roaming around on his property. Nov. 21 SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY: Caller on Highway 153, Twisp, reported a suspicious vehicle driving in the area. SUSPICION OF DRUG USAGE: The Washington State Patrol requested a K-9 dog to...