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Get your valentine something sweet at Dazzling Desserts

Get your valentine something sweet at Dazzling Desserts

By Laurelle Walsh
Take home a dazzling treat for your valentine at the sixth annual Dazzling Desserts sale this Saturday (Feb. 14), from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., being held this year at a new location: the Methow Valley Masonic Lodge, 223 Hwy. 20 in Twisp.
Post takes first in Poetry Out Loud regional competition; moves on to state

Post takes first in Poetry Out Loud regional competition; moves on to state

For the third consecutive year, a Liberty Bell High School student has won first place in the Eastern Washington Regional Poetry Out Loud contest. What’s more — demonstrating the strength of the local Poetry Out Loud program — Liberty Bell junior Rowan Post, who took the first-place trophy at the Feb. 5 regional competition in Spokane, was subbing for...
Doggie Dash makes its return

Doggie Dash makes its return

The Doggie Dash is back. Cancelled last year because of a lack of snow, the madcap dog race/costume party/generally amusing spectacle returns on Feb. 15 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Winthrop Town Trailhead. Registration begins at 9:15 a.m. and is by donation. Kids under 12 can register for free. And of course, spectators get...
Little Star will celebrate land acquisition

Little Star will celebrate land acquisition

Little Star Montessori School in Winthrop will host a “Land Circle” ceremony on Wednesday (Feb.11) at 4:30 p.m. to celebrate the school’s recent acquisition of three lots adjacent to its existing playground. Gifts from the Moccasin Lake Foundation, Ken Westman, Jeff and Alicia Brown, and Kristin and Steve Devin enabled the school to purchase the...
Community briefs: Feb. 4, 2015

Community briefs: Feb. 4, 2015

International Baccalaureate discussion Parents, students and interested members of the public are invited to a meeting to learn about the International Baccalaureate program under consideration by the Methow Valley School District. The district is looking at two levels — the primary-years program for first through sixth grade and a middle-years program for seventh through 10th grade. The...
County reorganizing emergency management functions

County reorganizing emergency management functions

By Marcy Stamper
Okanogan County is reorganizing its approach to emergency management, moving the job back under the county commissioners instead of the Sheriff’s Office. The change was prompted by a reevaluation of the …
Tickets on sale for the Bite of the Methow

Tickets on sale for the Bite of the Methow

The 2015 Bite of the Methow is coming up on March 14, and Winthrop Kiwanis is already gearing up for the event. A combination chefs’ showcase, auction night and social extravaganza, Kiwanis’s annual Bite raises big money for projects that benefit valley kids. Past projects have improved facilities at the elementary school playground, the Winthrop...
District’s facilities task force resumes work

District’s facilities task force resumes work

The task force looking at facilities needs for the Methow Valley School District has reconvened for the first time since the summer and is reviewing the status of buildings, athletic fields and school buses. Last year the task force recommended putting two levies — $4.5 million for facilities improvements and $800,000 for transportation — to voters, but the school...
Community briefs: January 28, 2015

Community briefs: January 28, 2015

Grizzlies in the North Cascades “Ghost Bears: Studying Grizzly Bears in the North Cascades” is the topic of the Methow Conservancy’s next First Tuesday program (Feb. 3) at the Twisp River Pub. The free event begins at 7 p.m. Featured speaker is wildlife ecologist Bill Gaines, who will discuss his three-year search for elusive grizzly...
Record number of species in Christmas bird count

Record number of species in Christmas bird count

The Methow Valley’s annual Christmas bird count on Dec.14 drew 43 observers who counted a total of 3,351 individual birds representing a record 72 species, including a never-before-seen trumpeter swan, according to organizer Juliet Rhodes. Rhodes said that all of the 19 species that have been observed every year since the first count in 1988...