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Meet the MV School District’s new activities director

Meet the MV School District’s new activities director

Chase Rost, the Methow Valley School District’s new activities director, will host an open house for community members and prospective coaches on Aug. 9 from 8 a.m.– 1 p.m. at Liberty Bell Junior/Senior High School. Rost most recently was athletic director for the Bickleton School District in Klickitat County for two years. He has a...
The importance of being Oscar

The importance of being Oscar

By Don Nelson Long before there was Aaron Sorkin, there was Oscar Wilde. Sorkin, creator of “The West Wing” and “The Newsroom” on TV, and screenwriter of A Few Good Men, The American President, The Social Network and Moneyball among others, is notable for his characters’ crisp, witty repartee. Some critics maintain that many of...
Letters to the editor: July 29, 2015

Letters to the editor: July 29, 2015

Rational reaction? Dear Editor: The Okanogan County Public Utility District (PUD) board meeting on July 13 left many of us scratching our heads. After halting the rush toward electrification in order to explore other options last February, the PUD seems to be considering electrification of Enloe Dam once again.  Faced with the high cost of...
WDFW has ceded control of fish recovery in the valley

WDFW has ceded control of fish recovery in the valley

By Gina McCoy The agency entrusted to protect the state’s wildlife, lands and waters is abdicating its responsibilities in the Methow Valley. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has ceded control of its floodplain lands in the Methow Valley to fish recovery groups.  Why is this bad? Because some of the salmon recovery...
Food vs. fire: helping out our local stores and restaurants

Food vs. fire: helping out our local stores and restaurants

By Cece Odell Vicious flames and thick smoke enveloped the Methow Valley in the summer of 2014, causing the loss of over 300 homes. A huge wildfire was started after dry lightning lit the already dry grasses that cover most of eastern Washington. After the first fire started, many others followed along with a major...
PUD and DNR settle payment for powerline easements after 5 years of negotiations

PUD and DNR settle payment for powerline easements after 5 years of negotiations

After five years of legal wrangling, the Okanogan County Public Utility District (PUD) and the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have agreed on the value of easements to allow the utility district to …
Junior Golf program concludes season with a tournament

Junior Golf program concludes season with a tournament

The team of Gedi Weidig, Wyatt Scott, Daisy Hilton and Grace Kominak took top honors last week in the Methow Valley Junior Golf program’s three-hole best-ball tournament, and drive, chip and putt championship at Bear Creek Golf Course near Winthrop. The winning team’s prize was a round of golf at the private Wyndhaven Golf Course...
Sports briefs: July 29, 2015

Sports briefs: July 29, 2015

Ski trail will shift a bit Nordic skiers using the Methow Trails system next winter will find a slight alteration in the area near Kelly’s restaurant on Highway 20. A homeowner who had granted a 350-foot easement for the trail has requested a release from that agreement, Methow Trails Executive Director James DeSalvo said this...
Harts Pass: July 29, 2015

Harts Pass: July 29, 2015

From Back Issues: July 29, 2015

From Back Issues: July 29, 2015

30 years ago, Aug. 1, 1985 50 years ago, Aug. 1, 1965 Tom Foley Tours Over Road Route Congressman Tom Foley described himself as “completely awed” by the isolated vastness of the north Cascade area after an aerial inspection trip last Sunday. Foley, together with Okanogan national forest supervisor Fritz Moisio and county commissioner Jack...