Today is Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

COMMUNITY NEWS
Community briefs: Jan. 13, 2015

Community briefs: Jan. 13, 2015

Forest planning explained Learn all about the North Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative’s efforts in a free public meeting at 6 p.m. next Wednesday (Jan. 20) at the Twisp Valley Grange. The group is providing pre-planning support to the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest for a potential project in the Libby and Buttermilk Creek sub-watersheds. For more...
Observers verify 66 species in annual bird count, including some rare sightings

Observers verify 66 species in annual bird count, including some rare sightings

On Dec. 20, 24 observers braved chilly and snowy weather to participate in Twisp’s 28th annual Christmas Bird Count The Christmas Bird Count, a 115-year-old tradition of counting birds during the holiday season, is an effort to track bird population trends throughout the Americas. This year, participants did their part and tallied 66 species within...
PUD completes broadband network

PUD completes broadband network

Over the past several years, roadsides around the county have sprouted large wooden spools wound with beefy black fiber-optic cables. The Okanogan County Public Utility District (PUD) has completed installing 200 miles of these cables on power poles to transmit high-speed Internet connections. The project, financed by the federal Stimulus Act five years ago, helped...
Community briefs: Dec. 16, 2015

Community briefs: Dec. 16, 2015

Celebrate with the Community Center The Methow Valley Community Center will host a free Christmas celebration at the tree sale tent in the Hank’s Harvest Foods parking lot on Saturday (Dec. 19) from noon – 3 p.m. to thank the community and volunteers for supporting the tree sales effort, which benefits the community center. Mrs. Claus will...
Mazama Store stages Christmas at the Very End ...

Mazama Store stages Christmas at the Very End …

Christmas at the Very End of the Road, the Mazama Store’s annual holiday celebration will be on Sunday (Dec. 20) from 3 – 6 p.m. The free event includes an array of the store’s pastries and other food items, latte samplers and a shopping bazaar featuring local artists and craftspersons. The celebration is always well-attended, so be...
Conservancy names annual award winners

Conservancy names annual award winners

The Methow Conservancy announced the recipients of its 2015 Methow Conservation Awards at an event last week. Classroom in Bloom is the winner of the Ken White Award — honoring those who carry on Ken White’s love for the Methow Valley — in recognition of the program’s commitment to inspiring young people to understand agriculture, ecology, and natural history...
Twisp town budget provides for third police officer in 2016

Twisp town budget provides for third police officer in 2016

Twisp will boost its police force to three full-time officers as part of its proposed 2016 budget. The town has been unable to afford to hire a third officer since a federal grant that provided funding expired a few years ago, and the town has …
Twisp Mayor Soo Ing-Moody honored by Cantwell as ‘Woman of Valor’

Twisp Mayor Soo Ing-Moody honored by Cantwell as ‘Woman of Valor’

Twisp Mayor Soo Ing-Moody was honored recently as a “Woman of Valor” by Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) at a dinner held at the Westin Hotel in Seattle. Cantwell commended Ing-Moody for her “intelligence and dedication to providing for her constituents” and for her leadership during recent wildfires that threatened her community. “I am sure that...
Methow At Home goes ‘live’ this week

Methow At Home goes ‘live’ this week

Methow At Home, a nonprofit whose mission is to help local senior citizens live in their homes as independently as possible and remain active in the community, began formally operating on Tuesday (Dec. 1), coordinator Deirdre Cassidy said. Methow At Home is a membership organization that will rely on volunteers to assist its members with...
Don’t toss it — try 2Good2Toss instead

Don’t toss it — try 2Good2Toss instead

Okanogan County is now participating in a statewide reusable materials exchange called 2Good2Toss, an online reuse and donation center for all kinds of things you no longer use and don’t know how to get rid of. The site is accessible through Methow Recycles website, www.methowrecycles.org, or at www.2good2toss.com, which is administered by the state Department...