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Henning out as marshal in Winthrop

Henning out as marshal in Winthrop

Winthrop Marshal Hal Henning has been let go from his position as the town’s only full-time law enforcement officer. Henning was fired during a meeting Wednesday morning (Feb. 22) with Winthrop Mayor Anne Acheson. The decision was effective immediately. Henning and Acheson have had some …
Proposed annexation of Winthrop to District 6 winning by a large margin

Proposed annexation of Winthrop to District 6 winning by a large margin

Voters in both the Town of Winthrop and Okanogan County Fire District 6 are handily approving a proposed annexation of the town to the fire district, the first tally of special election votes indicated on Tuesday night (Feb. 14). According to Okanogan County Auditor’s Office results posted after 8 p.m. Tuesday, Winthrop voters were approving...
Liberty Bell tops Oroville, moves on in league playoffs

Liberty Bell tops Oroville, moves on in league playoffs

The Liberty Bell High School girls’ basketball team advanced to the next round of the Central Washington 2B league playoffs with a 48-45 victory over Oroville on Tuesday (Feb. 7) in the Lady Lions’ home gym, assuring the team of at least three more games this season. Liberty Bell will play …

Stage 1 burn ban
called for Methow Valley

Outdoor and indoor burning limited to improve air quality METHOW VALLEY- Poor air quality is prompting a Stage 1 burn ban in communities along the Methow River Valley, including Pateros, Methow, Carlton, Twisp, Winthrop and Mazama. The ban on outdoor burning and use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins 4 p.m. Friday (Jan. 27) and...
Burn ban announced for Okanogan county and others

Burn ban announced for Okanogan county and others

    Worsening air quality conditions in north central Washington are prompting Stage 1 burn bans to be added for Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties, and an existing ban to extend in Kittitas County over the weekend and through the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the Washington Department of Ecology said Thursday (Jan....

Legislative leaders agree: basic education funding to dominate 2017 session

By Grace Swanson WNPA Olympia News Bureau OLYMPIA – Finding the dollars to meet the Supreme Court’s mandate to fully fund basic education as required by the state constitution is the dominant issue facing Washington legislators in the 2017 session. A major amount of education funding is now raised through local tax levies. The state...
Comment period extended for USFS outfitter proposal

Comment period extended for USFS outfitter proposal

The comment period has been extended on a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) for commercial pack and saddle stock outfitter guides who lead trips in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. The U.S. Forest Service has extended the comment period that …
FEDERAL ACTION CLOSES METHOW HEADWATERS AREA TO NEW MINING FOR TWO YEARS

FEDERAL ACTION CLOSES METHOW HEADWATERS AREA TO NEW MINING FOR TWO YEARS

More than 340,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land in the upper Methow Valley are closed to new mineral exploration and mining for the next two years, while federal agencies evaluate whether the land should be protected for up to 20 years. In a victory for the local Methow Headwaters Campaign, which has worked to protect...

News office closed on Friday, Dec. 23

The Methow Valley News office will be closed on Friday (Dec. 23). We will resume our regular hours on Monday (Dec. 26). We wish happy holidays to our readers.

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...