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Merc’s Circle Mirror Transformation may have familiar feel

Merc’s Circle Mirror Transformation may have familiar feel

When four people in a small, rural community enroll in a six-week-long acting class at their local community center, the relationships that develop among them reveal the humor and sadness in their lives.
Highway 20 streetlights will be modified in Winthrop

Highway 20 streetlights will be modified in Winthrop

The Town of Winthrop has settled on a plan to modify streetlights on Highway 20 near the Winthrop Barn to reduce glare. Rick Karro, the town’s public works director, has been experimenting with modifications that …
The IB framework: how the program is intended to work

The IB framework: how the program is intended to work

“It’s not a curriculum — it’s a framework.” Methow Valley School District administrators have repeated this distinction frequently to explain the IB program to the community. But to understand what that really means …
School district info meeting draws IB skeptics – and supporters

School district info meeting draws IB skeptics – and supporters

In a sometimes-divisive public meeting, some parents said the Methow Valley School District’s proposal to adopt the International Baccalaureate (IB) program would finally make school exciting, while others said it …
International Baccalaureate and UNESCO — is there a connection?

International Baccalaureate and UNESCO — is there a connection?

International Baccalaureate (IB) started 46 years ago as an international school in Geneva, Switzerland, primarily to provide consistent education for the children of businesspeople and diplomats.
North Cascades Highway may open next week

North Cascades Highway may open next week

Highway crews expect to have the North Cascades Highway open by next week, or early the following week, making this year one of the earliest openings in a decade. Barring equipment breakdowns or other unforeseen …
Cougar killed after close encounter at Rendezvous home

Cougar killed after close encounter at Rendezvous home

Nate Hirsch, 15, was sitting on a couch in his upper Rendezvous home before school last week when he sensed something that made him turn around and look toward a window just behind him.
Artists rally to support Confluence exhibit

Artists rally to support Confluence exhibit

A dozen artists and supporters of the arts demonstrated in front of Confluence Gallery to show their support for the gallery — but also to head off any steps by the gallery board to limit the independence of curators.
Black bears may make early emergence from hibernation

Black bears may make early emergence from hibernation

By Ann McCreary Unseasonably warm weather means Washington’s black bears are on the move earlier than normal this spring, and wildlife managers have tips for avoiding conflicts with hungry bruins. “Black bears usually start making an appearance in mid-to-late April, but warm weather can cause them to stir earlier,” said Rich Beausoleil, bear and cougar...
Arts Briefs: March 25, 2015

Arts Briefs: March 25, 2015

Wildfire art in Leavenworth “The Art of Wildfire,” an exhibit featuring several Methow Valley artists, will run from April 1 – 30 at the Blackbird Bistro in Leavenworth. The exhibit is presented by Confluence Gallery in Twisp in collaboration with the Chumstick Coalition as part of the Leavenworth Community Wildfire Preparedness Week. For more information, call 997-2787...