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Methow Valley Ranger District Fire update

From an Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, United States Forest Service press release on July 27, 2016: Winthrop, WA—So far this week, Forest Service firefighters responded to two small lightning caused fires ignited on the Methow Valley Ranger District and assisted Department of Natural Resources crews on another fire in the French Creek area.  A fireline has been constructed...

Commissioners likely to adopt county zoning code Tuesday

The Okanogan County commissioners have set Tuesday (July 26) at 2:30 p.m. to consider adoption of the update to the county’s zoning code. This is a continuation of their public hearing on the code, the fifth in their series of deliberations on the ordinance. The commissioners closed public comment on July 12. The most recent...

Okanogan Grange to Sponsor Primary Candidates Forum July 18th

(June 18, 2016) — The Okanogan Grange #1103 will sponsor and host a Primary Election Candidates Forum on Monday, July 18 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Okanogan Grange Hall, 305 Tyee Street in Okanogan, Washington.  Each candidate will have an opportunity to address the voters, and there will be a question and answer session for...

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...