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Shafer Museum opens this weekend

Shafer Museum opens this weekend

The Shafer Museum in Winthrop opens for the season beginning Saturday (May 28). Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day through Labor Day weekend. Admission is by donation. The museum is on Castle Avenue, and can also be reached by way of a stairway on Riverside Avenue. Several historic Methow Valley buildings have...
New executive director named for Methow Valley Citizens Council

New executive director named for Methow Valley Citizens Council

The Methow Valley Citizens Council (MVCC) has hired Brian de Place as its new executive director. He will join MVCC on June 20. “Moving to the Methow Valley and working at an organization that has been so instrumental in preserving this place is like a dream come true,” said de Place, a lifelong visitor to...
USFS offers draft plan for Chewuch area’s road network

USFS offers draft plan for Chewuch area’s road network

A draft decision on the Chewuch Transportation Plan was issued this month by Mike Liu, Methow District Ranger. The plan guides management of 394 miles of road on U.S. Forest Service land in the Chewuch River drainage, an area encompassing 316,000 acres of forest system land.
Steel sculpture of Mountain Lion logo installed at LBHS

Steel sculpture of Mountain Lion logo installed at LBHS

A project started in 2013 by the Liberty Bell High School welding class was completed last week with the installation of a weathered steel sculpture of the school’s mountain lion mascot that also spells out the initials LBH. The sculpture was mounted to bolts on a concrete pedestal at the entrance to the high school...
Rodeo queen Carlee Wright is looking forward to her reign

Rodeo queen Carlee Wright is looking forward to her reign

Carlee Wright started riding about the time she could stand up on her own, and her best friend growing up was her horse Rosie. Rosie died not long ago at 30-plus years old, so Carlee will be riding her new horse, Sonny — a spry 19-year-old — as rodeo royalty…
Pearrygin Lake’s new ranger appreciates Methow hospitality, scenery

Pearrygin Lake’s new ranger appreciates Methow hospitality, scenery

New Pearrygin Lake State Park ranger Adam Banuelos didn’t always dream of entering the field of outdoor recreation. The Lynnwood, Washington, native spent the early part of his college years at Cal State Northridge as a mechanical engineering major. But after …
USFS targets invasive plant infestations

USFS targets invasive plant infestations

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to treat 16,281 acres on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest that have invasive plant infestations, according to a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) released last week. The Forest Service also…
'49er Days Grand Marshal and Lady have history on their side

’49er Days Grand Marshal and Lady have history on their side

When Clayton and Lauralee Northcott ascend to the throne — or, more aptly, the saddle — as this year’s ’49er Days Grand Marshal and Lady, they will bring prodigious connections to the valley and the 71st annual ’49er Days celebration itself. The ’49er Days have been an annual event since Clayton was a toddler, and he …
Love of valley inspires '49er Days junior royalty

Love of valley inspires ’49er Days junior royalty

Grateful to call the Methow Valley home, this year’s ’49er Days junior royalty say they welcome the opportunity to give back to their community by participating in the annual celebration of the valley’s history and culture. The committee that selects the junior royalty hadn’t intended to choose four young people, but…
Hitch your weekend to a full slate of '49er Days activities

Hitch your weekend to a full slate of ’49er Days activities

The North Cascades Highway is open, summer-like weather is showing up early, and downtown Winthrop is fully primed for the 71st annual ’49er Days celebration this weekend. Many of the events will reflect directly on the Methow Valley’s pioneer heritage; others are just plain fun. It’s a great opportunity to express your inner cowboy or cowgirl — no...