Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

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Twin Lakes Road repaving scheduled for summer

Twin Lakes Road repaving scheduled for summer

The Okanogan County commissioners have been approving right-of-way agreements to purchase strips of land along Twin Lakes Road for a $1.4 million repaving and widening project expected to be carried out this summer. The Okanogan County Department of Public Works will smooth corners and add four-foot paved shoulders for a two-mile stretch of road, from...
Traffic delays of up to 20 minutes likely in Loup Loup Pass area

Traffic delays of up to 20 minutes likely in Loup Loup Pass area

Motorists taking Highway 20 to Okanogan can expect delays of up to 20 minutes Tuesdays through Thursdays in the Loup Loup Pass area as crews work on a chip seal project between mileposts 209 and 227, the Washington State Department of Transportation said. The work is part of a $15.5 million project to resurface 238...
’49er Days royalty announced

’49er Days royalty announced

The Winthrop ’49er Days committee has announced its 2014 royalty: Grand Marshal Ken Westman, Grand Lady Lois McLean, Queen Vanessa Smith, and princesses Lily Darwood and Katherine Tannehill. Westman and McLean are both longtime valley residents with decades of ’49er Days under their belts. McLean said she is happy to be representing her hometown and...

Clarification

In article about all-terrain vehicles in the April 9 issue may have implied that Bear Creek Road and East Chewuch Road could be open to ATVs. Both roads have sections with speed limits above 35 miles per hour, and state law limits ATV use to roads with lower speed limits. 
Letters to the editor: April 16, 2014

Letters to the editor: April 16, 2014

Not worth it Dear Editor: This February, the Okanogan County PUD had to purchase an additional $1 million in electricity to meet the near-record, 189-megawatt load demanded by the unseasonably cold weather across the district. Stream flows in the Similkameen River averaged just under 800 cubic feet per second (cfs) for the month. If the...
In any event, we’ve got you covered

In any event, we’ve got you covered

By Don Nelson Is it possible to achieve event overload in the little old Methow Valley, population 5,000 or so when most of us are here? By any standards, the Methow Valley community is incredibly active, involved, committed and generous. We come up with a lot of things to do and to attend, and we...
The view from Afghanistan, and beyond

The view from Afghanistan, and beyond

By Dana Visalli
I’ve been teaching at a private school for girls in Kabul, Afghanistan, for the past month (March 2014) — my fourth trip to this country in the last five years — and one thing I’m learning is that
Hear LBHS jazz band and support music program

Hear LBHS jazz band and support music program

Enjoy high-energy jazz and a satisfying bowl of spaghetti — and help support the Liberty Bell High School music program — when the Liberty Bell jazz band plays at the Twisp River Pub next Wednesday (April 23). The 18-member student group — five saxophones; four trombones; three trumpets; and a rhythm section with keyboard, guitar, percussion, and three bass players (one...
Winthrop council rejects appeal of marijuana sales ruling

Winthrop council rejects appeal of marijuana sales ruling

A divided Winthrop Town Council denied an appeal of the town planner’s decision to prohibit the retail sale of marijuana sales of marijuana in the Horizon Flats area at its meeting on Wednesday (April 16). Austin Lott, who is seeking to operate a retail marijuana outlet at Horizon Flats location, had appealed planner Rocklynn Culp’s...
Arts briefs: April 16, 2014

Arts briefs: April 16, 2014

This week: On April 26, we've got ‘Raven’ opening at Confluence, Winthrop Gallery exhibit opens, Music at Spartan Art Project, and String students offer recital. Not on April 26, Willy Wonka Jr. is coming to The Merc May 9 and the Wizard of Oz in Omak on May 2.