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Gear Up for the Holidays at TwispWorks, then shop downtown Twisp on Dec. 8

TwispWorks presents “Gear Up for the Holidays” on Thursday (Dec. 8), a celebration that will transform the campus into a Dickensian village for shopping, touring art studios, music, caroling, Christmas tree lighting, Santa’s workshop, food and drink. The free event is from 4-7 p.m. For more information, call 997‑3300. Also on Thursday, many downtown Twisp...

North Cascades Highway is closed for the 2016 winter

The North Cascades Highway is officially closed for the winter, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced on Monday (Nov. 21). The highway had been closed from mileposts 134 to 171 (the Silver Star gate west of Mazama) at 9 a.m. on Friday (Nov. 18) because of concerns about impending storms and potential avalanche...

Early deadlines for Methow Valley News

The Methow Valley News will have early publication deadlines for the issue of Nov. 23 because of the Thanksgiving holiday. News and advertising materials must be submitted by Friday (Nov. 18) for the Nov. 23 issue. We will be sending the newspaper to the printer on Monday night (Nov. 21). The Nov. 23 issue will...

BRANCH, HOVER LEAD EARLY RETURNS IN RACES FOR COUNTY COMMISSION SEATS

Challenger Chris Branch held an early lead over incumbent Okanogan County Commissioner Sheilah Kennedy for the District 1 seat in returns posted Tuesday (Nov. 8) by the Okanogan County Auditor’s Office. In the District 2 contest (which includes the Methow Valley), Andy Hover took an early lead over Ashley Thrasher in the race to replace...

METHOW VALLEY NEWS DELIVERY RUNNING LATE (Nov. 2)

    Due to mechanical malfunctions at the Wenatchee World‘s printing facility, the Methow Valley News is going to come out a little late this week. We expect it to arrive in the Methow Valley around 5 – 6 tonight.   It will be delivered to as many newsstands as we can reach tonight, but...

Vegetation collection hits its goal quickly

A local effort to reduce air pollution from brush pile burning by collecting and disposing of vegetation has been so successful that it’s already hit its limit. Funded by a $1,500 grant from the Washington Department of Ecology, the vegetation drive aimed to eliminate 50 to 60 burn piles, which produce an estimated 500 to...

Weather advisory for Oct. 20, 2016

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for today into this evening for the east slopes of the North Cascades. They predict that moderate to heavy rain will continue to impact the area through this afternoon, followed by periods of locally heavy rain this evening. Rainfall of 1” to 2” is forecast. Areas...

Weather advisories issued for Oct. 13 – 17

The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook & Flood Advisory for our area. HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK Today and tonight, areas around Mazama and Winthrop above 5,000 feet are expected to receive several inches of wet snow before snow levels rise to 6,000 feet later in the day. Motorists on the North Cascades...
Okanogan County burn ban lifted; DNR also ends restrictions

Okanogan County burn ban lifted; DNR also ends restrictions

With cooler and damper weather in the county and across the state, bans on burning in Okanogan County have been lifted. The Okanogan County commissioners lifted the burn ban as of Monday (Oct. 3). The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has also lifted the burn ban on lands under its protection in Okanogan County....

Burn ban lifted on WDFW lands

From the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:  OLYMPIA — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has lifted restrictions on most department-managed lands in eastern Washington, where cooler temperatures have reduced fire danger.  Clay Sprague, WDFW land manager, said the department’s action is consistent with changes in fire rules approved recently by the state...