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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....
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...
Community News briefs: July 29, 2015

Community News briefs: July 29, 2015

Meet Community School teachers The Methow Valley Community School in Twisp will host a “meet the teachers” open house on Monday (Aug. 3) from 5 – 7 p.m. Information will also be available about the school’s learning theme for the next school year, and new pre-school and home school programs. For more information, call 997-4447. Ice cream...
Community volunteers sought for WDFW noxious weed survey

Community volunteers sought for WDFW noxious weed survey

By Laurelle Walsh The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) invites community members to participate in a survey of noxious weeds on WDFW wildlife areas affected by the Carlton Complex Fire. Members of the Mule Deer Foundation and other interested volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. on Saturday (Aug. 1) for an orientation which...
Ice rink work progresses

Ice rink work progresses

Larry Miller, his construction crew, and volunteers from the community finished drying-in the new roof at the rink last week. Another crew was expected to finish roofing this week. 0Miller, owner of Big Picture Construction, encourages other contractors to pitch in and help. “Even if you and your crew can give half a day it...
New preschool and new teachers at Community School

New preschool and new teachers at Community School

The Methow Valley Community School in Twisp is expanding its offerings beyond elementary school next year, with programs for preschoolers and the opportunity for home-schooled students to attend classes in subjects including reading, math, arts and outdoor learning. The school has hired Sabrina Freedman as the primary elementary teacher. Freedman has five years’ experience teaching...
County commissioners add third weekly meeting day

County commissioners add third weekly meeting day

The Okanogan County commissioners have added a third day of meetings each week. Their regular weekly meetings will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday starting at 9 a.m. in their hearing room in Okanogan. The commissioners may also hold special meetings at places other than their official hearing room to make it easier for...
News briefs: July 22, 2015

News briefs: July 22, 2015

Meeting on helicopter training plan A community meeting to discuss the U.S. Army’s proposal to train helicopter pilots in a large region that includes the Methow Valley will be held Friday (July 24) at Confluence Gallery in Twisp, from 7 – 9 p.m. The meeting was organized by concerned citizens and not by the Army or any other...