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Fire district hires new division chief

Fire district hires new division chief

A new division chief has been hired by Okanogan County Fire District 6, the district announced this week. Russell “Rusty” Stamps, a 27-year fire service veteran, joined the district earlier this month. Stamps was assistant fire chief for Chelan County Fire District 7 before coming to the Methow Valley. Stamps graduated from Spokane Community College’s...
Community briefs: March 26, 2014

Community briefs: March 26, 2014

This week: Women's panel at Confluence on March 29, Film about Edward Curtis on March 30, Native Hunters in Yellowstone on April 2, All about day hikes on April 1, Puppeteers at libraries on April 3, and Native Plant Sale on April 5.
Senior news: March 26, 2014

Senior news: March 26, 2014

By Susie Heller
Plans and decorations for the Ladies Tea have filled many hours lately. Photos will memorialize …
Winthrop’s rejection of Horizon Flats rezoning is appealed

Winthrop’s rejection of Horizon Flats rezoning is appealed

  A Winthrop Town Council decision not to revise industrial zoning in the Horizon Flats area to allow retail marijuana sales has been appealed by Austin Lott, who had requested the zoning change. Lott hopes to open a marijuana retail outlet in Horizon Flats, but the council rejected the zoning change earlier this month because,...
Winthrop levies fine to enforce its Westernization policy

Winthrop levies fine to enforce its Westernization policy

  By Don Nelson The Winthrop Town Council, intending to send a message about enforcement of the town’s Westernization theme for businesses, has fined the owner of East 20 Pizza $150 for failing to meet the code’s requirements in a timely manner. At its meeting last week, the council accepted a recommendation by the town’s...
Winthrop burglaries attributed to reduced police coverage

Winthrop burglaries attributed to reduced police coverage

By Laurelle Walsh
Criminal activity in Winthrop has been higher than normal since Jan. 1, a fact interim marshal Ken Bajema attributes partly to …
Local dogs — and humans — compete at Moses Lake

Local dogs — and humans — compete at Moses Lake

Five Methow Valley dogs got their human handlers out of bed early and led them to the Moses Lake Agility Trial at Moses Lake last Friday and Saturday (March 21 – 22) for a couple days of fun and competition where all five had successful qualifying runs. Local competing dogs included “Flynn” with owner Janet...
Concerns about potential marijuana biz in Winthrop

Concerns about potential marijuana biz in Winthrop

By Laurelle Walsh
A Winthrop business owner has concerns about another person’s efforts to open a marijuana store in her building. Shannon Fharnham, owner of Mountain Paws, a pet supply store, and Fharnham …
Pearrygin Lake State Park readies for another busy season

Pearrygin Lake State Park readies for another busy season

By Laurelle Walsh
The staff and crew at Pearrygin Lake State Park are gearing up for an April 1 opening and a 2014 season full of activities, events and camping. “We’re cranking up to get open on April 1,” a goal that is …

‘Aging in place’ may soon become easier in the Methow

By Laurelle Walsh
A group of Methow Valley senior citizens and health care providers are proposing a new entity they’re calling At Home in the Methow, whose goal is to help people live independently in their homes and remain integrated in the community as they age. Conceived by …