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Farm Service Agency lists reporting dates

Farm Service Agency lists reporting dates

Farmers are asked to file timely reports about crops and land uses to ensure that Okanogan County remains eligible for Farm Service Agency (FSA) benefits. Some reporting dates have changed for 2017. The dates for Okanogan County are as follows: Dec.15, 2016: perennial forage, alfalfa seed, canola, peas and small grains planted between Aug. 15...
’Tis the season for giving in the Methow Valley

’Tis the season for giving in the Methow Valley

It’s Thanksgiving in the Methow Valley — an occasion not only for giving thanks, but also for giving. Thanks to local music students, families …
Taking part: Neighbors Helping Neighbors and Manger Mall

Taking part: Neighbors Helping Neighbors and Manger Mall

Manger Mall: Families from Mazama to Methow who need assistance providing holiday gifts for their children can register and then purchase one new gift and one handmade soft gift (a blanket or pillow) per child. Parents or guardians pay $1 per item per child. On the day of the mall, volunteers wrap the gifts and...
Christmas at the End of the Road offers two days of seasonal fun

Christmas at the End of the Road offers two days of seasonal fun

Winthrop’s annual Christmas at the End of the Road Celebration on Thanksgiving weekend will be comfortably familiar to long-time fans, but there will be a few new touches. Notably, the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce has purchased all-new seasonal lighting — the white lights that outline downtown buildings — to brighten up Riverside Avenue. And this year, the Winthrop Rink...
New date for Superior Court lawsuit

New date for Superior Court lawsuit

Oral arguments in a lawsuit filed by an Okanogan County Superior Court administrator against the Okanogan County and its commissioners over salary have been rescheduled for next month. Also at issue is whether authority to determine compensation for staff rests with the Superior Court judges or the county commissioners. Dennis Rabidou, Okanogan County’s superior court...
Mackie gets new contract for legal services

Mackie gets new contract for legal services

Okanogan County has entered into a new contract with attorney Sandy Mackie for continued professional legal services for land-use matters and litigation. The contract sets an hourly rate of $200 and reimburses fees for legal research. Mackie has been handling land-use matters for the county since June 2013, initially through his former law firm, Perkins...
Give Methow raises more than $200,000 for valley nonprofits

Give Methow raises more than $200,000 for valley nonprofits

October crowdfunding campaign exceeds amount donated in 2015 Give Methow, an online crowdfunding campaign hosted by the Community Foundation of NCW, has raised $207,737 for 27 Methow Valley nonprofits, the foundation said this week. This is the second year of Give Methow, and contributions exceeded last year’s total. In 2015, the campaign raised over $185,000....
New sign postings are no idle mission

New sign postings are no idle mission

By Marcy Stamper The request is straightforward: “No Idling. Children Breathing.” Other signs provide a courteous nudge to shut off your car: “Please turn engine off.” To increase awareness about air pollution and related health risks, a group of concerned citizens has been posting signs at key locations around the valley with this simple request....
Halloween 2016

Halloween 2016

Methow Valley kids (and many of their parents) got all dressed up with somewhere to go on Halloween. While Burgar Street and other Twisp sites drew the usual crowds, dozens of trick-or-treaters toured Riverside Avenue in Winthrop, which was lined with trunk-or-treat opportunities. Others gathered at the Mazama Store for a group foray into the...
Med school student Phoebe Jensen wins prestigious award

Med school student Phoebe Jensen wins prestigious award

Methow Valley native Phoebe Jensen has been named recipient of the prestigious Walter Zeit Fellowship Leadership Award for 2017 by the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). Jensen, the daughter of Dr. Joe Jensen and Beverly Jensen of Twisp, is a fourth-year student at the medical school, which has three campuses in Wisconsin. The Walter Zeit...