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Okangoan sheriff’s department adds free firearms skills classes

Okangoan sheriff’s department adds free firearms skills classes

The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Department has added more firearms classes at all levels — essentials, fundamentals and home defense — this fall. Because of high interest, they are also offering an afternoon session of the home-defense class on September 17. The afternoon session replaces the fundamentals class that had previously been scheduled for that day....
Volunteer to help people and change lives

Volunteer to help people and change lives

Okanogan County Community Action Council is seeking volunteers for various activities to carry out its mission of Helping People… Changing Lives. Opportunities are available for new board members, to help with Community Action’s Food for All program and their food pantry, and to work with the financial literacy program. The board is seeking new members...
Outdoor Conservation Corps jobs available

Outdoor Conservation Corps jobs available

Interested in working on a crew to protect and enhance natural resources in Washington — or help during natural disasters anywhere in the country? The Washington Conservation Corps is recruiting people ages 18 to 25 for its Yakima crew to work throughout Central Washington. Gulf War II–era veterans and their dependents are also eligible for the posts....
Getting ready for school: things to know, things to do

Getting ready for school: things to know, things to do

It’s coming. The Methow Valley’s public schools open on Aug. 30, before Labor Day this year. Here are some things to know about the new school year. REGISTER FOR SCHOOL Methow Valley Elementary School registration New students Wednesday, Aug. 24, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. New students can also...
Harvest treats with Classroom in Bloom

Harvest treats with Classroom in Bloom

Classroom in Bloom is celebrating both the harvest and the culinary magic of local chefs with hearty appetizers and drinks at “A Taste of the Garden” next month. The garden party will feature zucchini fritters with chutney, caramelized onion tarts, gazpacho, morel mushroom paté and more. In addition, there will be a cash bar with...
Make the most of the harvest

Make the most of the harvest

Enjoy the fruits and vegetables of your garden — and your hunting and gathering — year-round. Local experts share basic techniques that will help preserve the flavor and nutritive value of your harvest. There are three more classes in Classroom in Bloom’s DirtWorks series. All classes are Saturday mornings from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13: Seed Saving....
Strider the Beaver makes an appearance at Twisp library

Strider the Beaver makes an appearance at Twisp library

Kids and parents learn about the animal’s important roles By Sam Liebl Children and adults met a beaver up close at the Twisp library on Friday (Aug. 5). Methow Beaver Project intern Sasha Satya told the two dozen children in attendance about the animals’ anatomy, the lodges they live in, and their role in watersheds....
Firewise practices are highlighted in annual Home Tour

Firewise practices are highlighted in annual Home Tour

Eight local homes will be featured in Confluence Gallery’s 15th annul Methow Valley Home Tour on Saturday (Aug. 6). The theme of this year’s tour, which is presented in partnership with the Okanogan Conservation District, is “Firewise Homes: Fire Adapted Building and Landscaping.” The self-guided tour, which will include local examples of the best practices...
Pokemon is a Go in the Methow Valley

Pokemon is a Go in the Methow Valley

Faster than a speeding rapidash, “Pokemon Go” has invaded even the furthest corners of the globe. Created by the same brains who brought us Google Maps and Google Earth, it’s hardly a surprise the entire world has become …
Big bear — but not a grizzly

Big bear — but not a grizzly

A trail camera set by Mike Newman of Mount Vernon in the Big Valley Wildlife Area last week caught photos of an impressive bear that made Newman wonder if it might be a grizzly. Newman thought the bear, photographed on July 20, appeared in one image to have a hump on its shoulders and a dished...