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Washington is no slacker in the arena of natural disaster

Washington is no slacker in the arena of natural disaster

By Mike Maltais Washington state makes much of its diverse climate zones when pitching the appeal of the Evergreen State as a tourist destination. But another possible point of interest for the more adventure-minded might be the state’s checklist of notable natural disasters. At their most destructive, wind and water, fire and ice have all...
Stork steps down as TwispWorks executive director on Sept. 1, will return to consulting

Stork steps down as TwispWorks executive director on Sept. 1, will return to consulting

Amy Stork, executive director of TwispWorks, will leave that job on Sept. 1 and return to her previous work as a consultant for nonprofits and community organizations, Stork said last week. “I am so proud to have been a part of all that has been accomplished here over the last six years, including my four...
Progress reported on RiverWalk, Susie Stephens Trail in Winthrop

Progress reported on RiverWalk, Susie Stephens Trail in Winthrop

Two portions of what is eventually intended to be an extensive system of linked recreational trails through Winthrop are making progress, town residents and business owners learned at a Monday meeting (July 27) in the Winthrop Barn. The meeting was hosted by the town to provide details about the projects and let people ask questions.
County grants floodplain variance, but restricts use

County grants floodplain variance, but restricts use

Owners of property on the Chewuch River have received a variance to be able to keep a cabin within the 100-year-floodplain. Okanogan County hearing examiner Dan Beardslee approved the request by James and Sherry Leuenberger for a variance that allows them to keep a cabin they built nine years ago under an existing RV cover....
Reforestation project near Loup Loup Pass may begin this fall

Reforestation project near Loup Loup Pass may begin this fall

More than 10,000 acres of forest restoration work in the South Summit area near Loup Loup Pass is expected to begin as early as fall. The South Summit II Project encompasses about 50,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land. About 70 …
Mazama Corral project may still get state grant this year

Mazama Corral project may still get state grant this year

When the state released a list of projects that will receive grants through the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board last week, a Methow Trails plan to expand the Mazama Corral parking lot wasn’t included. But Methow Trails Executive Director James DeSalvo said this week that there is still a good possibility that a grant will...
Mazama: July 29, 2015

Mazama: July 29, 2015

By Bob Spiwak A sunny, breezy cool morning here in West Boesel. The possible rains that were predicted for the weekend were a bust, with just a couple of sprinkles. What has been going on for the past week here has been the regular bombarding of our environs: Squirrels dropping pinecones on the metal roof,...
Winthrop: July 29, 2015

Winthrop: July 29, 2015

By Ashley Lodato It was a form letter that started my neighbor Lucinda Bowers on her 10-week biking commute — a letter from Winthrop asking all business owners to park off the main street, in order to save parking for visitors. “I thought I’d be a good citizen and business owner for the town,” says Lucinda, who...
Twisp: June 29, 2015

Twisp: June 29, 2015

By Sally Gracie Buddy Thomas is the affable, always helpful guy with the white beard at Hank’s Harvest Foods in Twisp. Last week his letter to the editor thanked some people who have helped him as he rebuilds the home he lost to the Carlton Complex Fire. This Monday noon, I went up to see...
Arts briefs: July 29, 2015

Arts briefs: July 29, 2015

New show at Winthrop Gallery Winthrop Gallery will host an artists’ reception for its exhibit “Serendipity,” which features local artists Pearl Cherrington, Jim Neupert and Susannah Young, on Aug. 8 from 5 – 7 p.m. The exhibit opens Aug. 5 and continues through Sept. 14. For more information, call 996-3925. Learning to sing A song and voice...