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In close vote, Winthrop decides against allowing ATVs in town

In close vote, Winthrop decides against allowing ATVs in town

By Don Nelson

The Winthrop Town Council has decided not to allow all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on town streets, with Mayor Sue Langdalen casting the deciding vote to break a deadlock on the issue. At the council’s Sept. 3 meeting, council members Mike Strulic and Rick Northcott voted in favor of a motion to...

County, cities, PUD working with FEMA on funds for fire-related damage repairs

County, cities, PUD working with FEMA on funds for fire-related damage repairs

By Marcy Stamper 

The process for providing money to the county, cities and public utilities to cover repairs from the recent wildfire is underway, with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) meeting eligible applicants last month. FEMA representatives met with representatives from Okanogan County, cities and towns, the Okanogan County Public Utility District...

Chambers host fire-recovery meeting for valley businesses

Chambers host fire-recovery meeting for valley businesses

The chambers of commerce for Winthrop and Twisp invite all businesses in the Methow Valley to a meeting on Thursday (Sept. 11) from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. at the Winthrop Barn to discuss recovery from the summer’s fires. The meeting will include an overview of efforts to re-build tourism, an update on the valley’s long-term recovery organization,...
Generosity after the fire — where does the relief money go?

Generosity after the fire — where does the relief money go?

By Marcy Stamper

In some ways, it’s a not a bad problem to have—how do you spend money to help people in need, particularly when it keeps flowing in? But with multiple fire-relief funds springing up around the region, both the groups managing the funds and the donors are wondering how the money...

Work on redesigned irrigation district system to begin soon

Work on redesigned irrigation district system to begin soon

By Ann McCreary

Construction is expected to get underway as early as next month on a redesigned system to deliver irrigation water to Methow Valley Irrigation District (MVID) members. Called the Instream Flow Improvement Project, the new MVID delivery system is designed to end …

Twisp: September 10, 2014

Twisp: September 10, 2014

By Sally Gracie The parade of firefighting trucks that passed my front door twice daily has been replaced by pickups towing horse trailers and flatbed trailers carrying hay. For those of us who aren’t rebuilding houses or rehabilitating pasture, our lives have picked up where they might have been had there been no summer of...
Mazama: September 10, 2014

Mazama: September 10, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Not much happening in the Mazama environs this week. Now that Labor Day is past, the traffic has been heavier than we might have expected. The Mazama Store has an unbelievable number of vehicles parked even before it opens at 7 a.m. A year ago it was, until an hour or so...
Methow: September 10, 2014

Methow: September 10, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian “Tango November Three Niner Forty Four Whiskey,” It sounded like a secret language that Monte Catlin was fluent in. He should be — Monte has spoken pilot-talk since he was 16. Growing up around the Puget Sound area, Monte watched his older brother start flying planes and decided that folding his...
Winthrop: September 10, 2014

Winthrop: September 10, 2014

By Ashley Lodato “Oh, the farmer and the cowman should be friends,” sings Andrew Carnes  in the musical Oklahoma. And if Saturday night’s street dance in Winthrop was any indication, the agronomist and the stockman in the Methow Valley are getting along just fine. The cowboys were dancing with the farmers’ daughters and the farmers...
Evel, Efren and me — an unexpected connection

Evel, Efren and me — an unexpected connection

By Bob Spiwak All this took place in, I believe, 1978 — two years after the Seattle Seahawks had become an expansion team in the National Football League. Among the big names such as Hall of Fame receiver Steve Largent and coach Jack Patera was a Mexican-born, 5-foot, 8-inch, 185-pound placekicker, Efren Herrera. The Seahawks were a...