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Twisp: February 15, 2017

Twisp: February 15, 2017

By Sarah Schrock Known as the evening star, Venus is remarkably crisp and bright just after sunset this month in the western sky.  It is fitting then that Venus, goddess of romantic love, fertility, and all things sensual in Roman mythology, and mother of Cupid, is shining in the night sky mid-February as Valentine’s Day...
Winthrop Chamber of Commerce supports mining restrictions in upper Methow Valley

Winthrop Chamber of Commerce supports mining restrictions in upper Methow Valley

The Winthrop Chamber of Commerce is supporting protection of more than 340,000 acres of U. S. Forest Service land in the upper Methow Valley from future mining. The chamber has passed a resolution of support for a 20-year mineral withdrawal, which would prevent mining activities on federal land in the upper valley during that period....
Community school begins search for new director

Community school begins search for new director

The Methow Valley Community School is recruiting a new director since the departure of Crystal Bacon earlier this month. Bacon had been the school’s executive director for two-and-a-half years. Bacon played a critical role in the development and success of the school, including expanding the student body, augmenting the teaching staff from two part-time to...
Harts Pass: February 15, 2017

Harts Pass: February 15, 2017

Arguments in Three Devils Road case turn technical

Arguments in Three Devils Road case turn technical

Appeals court hears challenge to road closure By Marcy Stamper On the face of it, the Three Devils Road legal dispute appears to pit the public’s right to use a primitive road to reach public land, or to escape from a wildfire, against the adjacent property owner’s right to protect its property from vandalism or...
Winthrop, Methow Valley set records for lodging taxes

Winthrop, Methow Valley set records for lodging taxes

Winthrop and the Methow Valley had a record year in 2016 for the number of visitors, measured by big increases in overnight lodging tax revenues. Winthrop was up 18 percent in 2016 over 2015’s record-setting year, and the Methow Valley as a whole, including Mazama and Twisp, was up 23 percent last year over 2015’s hotel/motel...
Okanogan County sets informational meetings on water usage

Okanogan County sets informational meetings on water usage

As part of its efforts to develop a procedure that complies with a state Supreme Court ruling on water adequacy, Okanogan County is holding a series of informational sessions and opportunities for public comment. The October court ruling in a Whatcom County case requires anyone who wants to use a well as the source for water...
State audit reviews Three Rivers Hospital’s time record procedures

State audit reviews Three Rivers Hospital’s time record procedures

A state audit of Three Rivers Hospital found that hospital employees had adjusted their own electronic time records but supervisors had not always reviewed the changes, in violation of hospital procedures. The review by the Washington State Auditor of operations at the Brewster-based hospital in 2015 also found that there was not adequate documentation to ...
Local leaders rallying around North Cascades Smokejumper Base

Local leaders rallying around North Cascades Smokejumper Base

Alarmed by the possibility that the historic North Cascades Smokejumper Base (NCSB) could be shut down in the future, local elected officials and economic leaders are mustering forces to keep the base open. The U.S. Forest Service, which owns and operates the smokejumper base at the Methow Valley State Airport, is assessing the condition of ......
‘GAIA’ among three new exhibits opening on March 4 at Confluence Gallery

‘GAIA’ among three new exhibits opening on March 4 at Confluence Gallery

Confluence Gallery’s next exhibit, “GAIA,” will debut with a free reception on March 4 from 4 – 8 p.m., and will continue through April 18. The exhibit will celebrate the profound beauty and mystery of Mother Earth, and will explore the harm humanity is bringing to life on earth, according to a Confluence press release. The group...