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Becoming a Master Gardener

Becoming a Master Gardener

`The purpose of the Washington State University Extension Master Gardener Program is to train volunteers to be effective community educators in gardening and environmental stewardship. Master Gardeners provide information generated from research at WSU and other university systems. Successful applicants must complete the online training course; attend scheduled classes; pass quizzes and exams; and volunteer...
Telling stories: Our gardens reflect who we are

Telling stories: Our gardens reflect who we are

By Theresa Miller

Every garden has a story to tell and many of us who garden here in the Methow Valley have our own. A garden is so much more than just growing food. Our gardens reflect who we are and how we want to interact with our garden space and surroundings. For...

The  garden  is a grand  teacher

The garden is a grand teacher

By Laurelle Walsh

Some of the Methow Valley’s youngest gardeners are outside this week, turning over cover crops, preparing beds for planting, putting seeds in the ground, pruning perennials and making compost.

Methow Valley School District students — 320 of them, from kindergarteners to high school seniors — make gardening …

Community briefs: April 30, 2014

Community briefs: April 30, 2014

This week: Shop a little at Just Bee-Cause, saddle up for Bike rodeos scheduled in May, June and MCS students attend convention
Sorting it out for Earth Day

Sorting it out for Earth Day

Methow Recycles Plant Manager Susan Ernsdorff, left, WasteWise Methow owner Casey Bouchard, and volunteer litter picker-uppers Jane Hubrig and Kris Borgias sort litter picked up off valley roadsides on Saturday at the Winthrop Town Trailhead

Trailer access eased on Harts Pass Road

Trailer restrictions on Harts Pass Road have been changed for the spring season to allow trailers of up to 20 feet in length, regardless of the number of axles, according to the U.S. Forest Service. In the past, the Forest Service allowed only single-axle trailers, but recently changed the restriction to trailers equal to or...
Prescribed burning plan is set for valley

Prescribed burning plan is set for valley

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest’s prescribed burn plan for 2014 includes half-a-dozen potential sites in the Methow Valley, according to the U.S. Forest Service. They are: • Eightmile Creek, 12 miles northwest of Winthrop — 50 acres of hand pile burning and 2,250 acres of restorative underburning. • Cub Creek and Fawn Creek, 8-10 miles northwest of Winthrop — 1,500...

Changes to county’s festival permit procedures

The Okanogan County planning commissioners are continuing their review of proposed changes to the county’s procedures for permits for festivals and other temporary gatherings. Under the new procedures, applications would be filed with the Planning Department instead of the county commissioners. Required application materials would vary depending on the nature of the festival, but the...

County legal ads stay in Chronicle

People looking for Okanogan County legal ads should continue to consult the Omak Chronicle, which has again been awarded the contract as the legal paper of record for the county. Certain actions by state, county and local agencies are required to be advertised so that the public is informed and can provide input. Some matters...
LBHS cited for ‘overall excellence’

LBHS cited for ‘overall excellence’

Liberty Bell High School has been recognized for the fourth year in a row for overall excellence, an award bestowed by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the state Board of Education. One of the Washington Achievement Awards, overall excellence honors the top 5 percent of elementary, junior high and high schools,...