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No newspaper? We’re working on that

What’s happening to mail delivery of your Methow Valley News? The short answer is, we don’t know. But we’re working hard to find out. Many of you — way too many of you — have called us the past few weeks to let us know that the paper didn’t reach your mailbox or post office box. It’s frustrating for...
County commissioners seek another month to work on zoning code

County commissioners seek another month to work on zoning code

The Okanogan County commissioners are seeking another month to complete the update of the county’s zoning code, and therefore want to keep the interim code in effect until the end of July. The interim code was adopted in December 2014 to preserve the status quo while the commissioners, planning staff and public worked on the...
DNR: Twisp River Fire caused by tree contact with powerline

DNR: Twisp River Fire caused by tree contact with powerline

An investigation into the cause of the Twisp River Fire has concluded that the August 2015 fire ignited when small tree branches, blown by wind, rubbed against a powerline conductor. “The wildfire was determined to be caused by the branches of a water birch tree, being a capable fuel that would sustain combustion, coming in contact...
LBHS drama students to cut loose in Footloose

LBHS drama students to cut loose in Footloose

Students in the Liberty Bell High School drama class have been polishing their lines, stretching their vocal cords, and kicking up their heels in rehearsals for next week’s performance of Footloose: The Musical. Footloose, which opens at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp on May 12, is a fast-paced musical about a small town that bans...
Twisp River Pub celebrates Cinco de Mayo despite fire damage

Twisp River Pub celebrates Cinco de Mayo despite fire damage

Not to be deterred by a fire that caused extensive damage, the still-closed Twisp River Pub will nonetheless continue a tradition by hosting a Cinco de Mayo celebration on May 5 at the Winthrop Barn, from 6 – 10 p.m. The event will feature music by Bootleg Sunshine and a Mexican buffet dinner. Cost is $10 for kids...
Twisp police chief to host community talk about gun ownership on April 27

Twisp police chief to host community talk about gun ownership on April 27

Twisp Police Chief Paul Budrow will host an informal community discussion about gun ownership, safety, applicable laws and appropriate training next Wednesday (April 27) at 6 p.m. at the Methow Valley Senior Center. Budrow said the meeting…

Progress on Highway 20 snow clearing

Snow slides made clearing the North Cascades Scenic Highway (Highway 20) a bit more challenging last week, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). Crews on the east side of Washington Pass advanced to milepost 164, but much of the week was spent re-clearing snow on the road from the dozen avalanche chutes...
Easter Egg hunt delayed

Easter Egg hunt delayed

The annual Twisp Valley Grange Easter egg hunt — delayed because of the snowpack at Pearrygin Lake State Park — will be on April 23 at the Twisp Town Park. The free event, co-sponsored by Ulrich’s Pharmacy and Winthrop Kiwanis, will feature a barbecue, prizes and pictures with Easter Bunny. The fun begins at 11:45 a.m. For more information, call...
Methow Valley Elementary student expelled after gun incident

Methow Valley Elementary student expelled after gun incident

**EDITOR’S NOTE: Updated @ 10:10 a.m. 3/17/16 to clarify notification process** **EDITOR’S NOTE: Updated @ 10:27 a.m. 3/17/16 to add information regarding the weapon** A sixth-grade student at Methow Valley Elementary School has been expelled after he brought a gun onto the school campus Wednesday afternoon (March 16), Superintendent Tom Venable said. No one was...

Daylight Saving Time is upon us

Daylight Saving Time arrives Sunday (March 13), which means spring isn’t far behind. How far behind depends on the source you consult, and where you are. But first, remember to set your clocks ahead one hour (spring forward!) Saturday night. Daylight Saving Time officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday. Your digital devices will probably take...