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Recognizing the signs of domestic abuse

Recognizing the signs of domestic abuse

February includes Valentine’s Day, and a lot people relate this month to love. We love all kinds of things throughout our lives, especially pets and people. When we fall in love, it …
Public invited to comment on wildlife plans

Public invited to comment on wildlife plans

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is working on a new management plan for the Sinlahekin and Scotch Creek wildlife areas in northeastern Okanogan County. The two areas cover nearly 48,000 acres, with shrub steppe, forested areas, rivers and lakes. They are home to bighorn sheep, mule deer, trout and more than 500...
Informational meeting on International Baccalaureate program

Informational meeting on International Baccalaureate program

The Methow Valley School District has scheduled a second meeting for interested families and community members in mid-March to provide more information about the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, which the district is exploring for kindergarten through 10th grade. The IB program blends the teaching of reading, writing and math skills with an interdisciplinary approach to...
Two positions up for election on co-op board of directors

Two positions up for election on co-op board of directors

Two positions on the Okanogan County Electric Cooperative board of directors are up for election this year, and members of the co-operative who are interested in running for the board should submit their names by March 7. One position represents District 3, which is the south area of the service
Free pesticide collection

Free pesticide collection

Individuals, farmers and businesses with pesticides they no longer need or want can register for a free pesticide-collection event being organized this spring by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). Insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, rodenticides and most chemicals that kill or repel unwanted pests will be accepted. WSDA works with a contracted hazardous-waste company to...
Informational meetings on grizzly bears

Informational meetings on grizzly bears

The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host several open houses in March to provide information about the potential for restoring grizzly bears in the North Cascades. The meetings are part of the Grizzly Bear Restoration Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process. The purpose of the EIS is to determine whether the...
WSDOT electronic sign will be installed outside Winthrop

WSDOT electronic sign will be installed outside Winthrop

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has decided not to place an electronic reader board within the Winthrop town limits — solving a standoff between the Town Council and downtown business owners who argued that the previous plan to put the sign at the town limits violated Winthrop’s Westernization code. Town Planner Rocklynn Culp said WSDOT...
Learn about creating a Community Emergency Response Team

Learn about creating a Community Emergency Response Team

A public meeting about creating a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be held on Thursday (Feb. 12) at 6 p.m. at the Methow Valley Senior Center in Twisp. Twisp Police Chief Paul Budrow encourages citizens interested in participating on the team to attend the meeting to learn more about CERT. CERT is a program...
Leavenworth group seeks local residents’ experiences about wildfire preparedness

Leavenworth group seeks local residents’ experiences about wildfire preparedness

The Chumstick Wildfire Stewardship Coalition (CWSC) in Leavenworth is organizing a series of wildfire preparedness events throughout the week leading up to National Wildfire Preparedness Day (April 28 – May 2), and is looking for participants from the Methow Valley. “Our hope is to solicit residents, business owners, and possibly civic leaders from the Methow Valley,” said Hilary...
Help sought for local builder fighting leukemia

Help sought for local builder fighting leukemia

Friends and family of local builder Richard Edwards are seeking donations to help defray anticipated medical costs related to long-term treatment for both acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Donations can be made at the Giveforward website at www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/sjk7/fundraiser-for-richard-edwards-lleukemia-fund, or directly at North Cascades Bank in Twisp to the Richard Edwards Fund. As of...