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Twisp recognized as ‘smart community’ for planning efforts

Twisp recognized as ‘smart community’ for planning efforts

By Ann McCreary The Town of Twisp’s economic planning efforts have been recognized as “pioneering and a model for other jurisdictions.” Twisp is one of a handful of Washington communities to receive the Governor’s 2018 Smart Communities Award, presented to town officials during a recent Twisp Council meeting. The award specifically commended the town for...
Fabulous Fall Follies to benefit Methow Valley Community Center

Fabulous Fall Follies to benefit Methow Valley Community Center

The Fabulous Fall Follies, the Methow Valley Community Center’s biennial fundraising event featuring local talent and much more, will be on Sept. 29 in the community center gym. Ten local artists will present music, dance and comedy. Headlining performers are Laura Love with Terry Hunt and T.R. Stewart. In addition to the entertaining variety acts,...

Ready to Ride

Photos by Steve Mitchell The Methow Valley Labor Day Rodeo offered spectators and competitors an old-fashioned, welcome diversion from the summer’s fires.
From pigs to pies, County Fair promises fun for everyone

From pigs to pies, County Fair promises fun for everyone

“Let’s Stirrup Some Fun!” That’s the theme of the 71st-annual Okanogan County Fair, and dozens of kids are grooming their pigs, sheep and steers in last-minute preparations for the event. Others have been baking and canning, setting aside prize tomatoes and pumpkins, and sewing and …
Housing Authority voucher program open

Housing Authority voucher program open

The Housing Authority of Okanogan County will open its Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly known as Section 8 voucher program) from 8 a.m. on Monday (Sept. 10) to 4 p.m. on Oct. 10, 2018. The waiting preference list will be open to victims of domestic violence and involuntary displacement, veterans, families with children, elderly families...
That's just ducky

That’s just ducky

Photos by Don Nelson The Winthrop Kiwanis annual duck race filled the Chewuch and Methow rivers with hundreds of rubber ducks on Labor Day. Volunteers armed with nets, sticks and kayak paddles were on hand to corral the ducks toward the finish line and keep them from continuing downstream. Meanwhile, traffic was backed up from...
For 2018 rodeo queen, horses are her 'first love'

For 2018 rodeo queen, horses are her ‘first love’

Liberty Bell High School senior Athena Milani is the 2018 Methow Valley Rodeo queen. Earlier this year, Milani reigned over the Memorial Day Rodeo; this weekend she will do the same at the Labor Day Rodeo. As the rodeo queen, Milani travels to rodeos around the region, riding her quarter horse gelding Copper. Milani is...
Major Twisp improvement projects include ‘gateway’ art, decorative lighting

Major Twisp improvement projects include ‘gateway’ art, decorative lighting

Part of overall plan to promote town’s economic vitality By Ann McCreary Twisp officials are launching the first projects aimed at improving the town’s appearance and economy as part of an economic revitalization plan adopted by the town last year. Two projects are underway. One involves creation of prominent art installations at either end of...
Community School not offering classes this fall; lack of adequate staffing cited

Community School not offering classes this fall; lack of adequate staffing cited

By Marcy Stamper After 18 years of providing expeditionary learning to generations of Methow Valley youngsters, the Methow Valley Community School is not offering classes this fall. “It was basically a staffing issue,” said school director Allison Ciancibelli. “Had we found the right staff for kindergarten through sixth grade – even with low enrollment –...
Winthrop Deputy Marshal Ken Bajema is back in the saddle

Winthrop Deputy Marshal Ken Bajema is back in the saddle

Returns to former job after time away from valley By Don Nelson Winthrop’s newest police officer is already a veteran of the Winthrop Marshal’s Office. In fact, Deputy Marshal Ken Bajema has seniority in Winthrop over Marshal Dan Tindall and Deputy Doug Johnson. Bajema, who earlier served as a town deputy and twice as acting...