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NCB promotion

NCB promotion

Sjana Bird has recently been promoted to senior vice president, regional branch administrator, of North Cascades Bank. She will oversee the branch operations managers at the bank’s Grand Coulee, Omak, Okanogan and Twisp branches. After attending Eastern Washington University, Bird began her banking career working at a credit union and has been with North Cascades...
Commissioners’ award of contract for official newspaper disputed by Chronicle

Commissioners’ award of contract for official newspaper disputed by Chronicle

County officials chose Methow Valley and Oroville papers By Marcy Stamper An annual process that is normally a formality became contested this month after the Okanogan County commissioners named the Methow Valley News and the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune as the county’s newspapers of record and the Omak Chronicle questioned what it called a discrepancy in...
Methow Valley Ciderhouse opens at new Winthrop location on Hwy. 20

Methow Valley Ciderhouse opens at new Winthrop location on Hwy. 20

By Don Nelson The Methow Valley Ciderhouse has moved from a bucolic, out-of-the-way spot in the middle of an apple orchard to an expansive new location at Winthrop’s front door. After extensive renovation, the ciderhouse recently relocated to a former real estate office right next door to Lost River Winery’s tasting room on Highway 20,...
eqpd now fully equipped for more production at TwispWorks

eqpd now fully equipped for more production at TwispWorks

Many people have left a conference or company retreat with a bag of swag — those forgettable T-shirts, coffee mugs and pens — and then promptly donated it to a second-hand store or stashed it in the back of a closet. Jonathan Baker of eqpd, the Twisp company that …
Arrowleaf Bistro building razed to make way for new park

Arrowleaf Bistro building razed to make way for new park

Demolition of the former Arrowleaf Bistro building on Riverside Avenue in Winthrop began in earnest last Wednesday (May 11) and took little more than a day. By the weekend, debris had been cleared from site and the foundation filled. The site will be developed as a landscaped park with access to the Chewuch River, privately...
Nelsons take over as new owners at Riverside Printing in Winthrop

Nelsons take over as new owners at Riverside Printing in Winthrop

The faces behind the counter have changed, but the high-quality print services offered by Riverside Printing will remain the same, as new owners Virginia and Ben Nelson take over the business from Jerome and Kim Thiel. Motivated by a desire to consolidate and simplify their employment situations — which up until last week included …
Business briefs: May 4, 2016

Business briefs: May 4, 2016

Balance merges to form new architectural firm Methow Valley architect Tom Lenchek of Balance Associates announced that Balance will merge with Prentiss Wickline Architecture to form Prentiss + Balance + Wickline, which will have its headquarters in Seattle. The newly merged firm already has more than 40 projects underway. Lenchek is a partner in the new firm, which...
Arrowleaf Bistro takes root at new location

Arrowleaf Bistro takes root at new location

With its namesake flower in full bloom throughout the Methow Valley, Winthrop’s Arrowleaf Bistro has recently reopened in its new location at 207 White Ave., at the junction of Twin Lakes Road and Hwy 20 in Winthrop. It’s a new look for a restaurant …
Freestone Inn unveils new bistro, bar

Freestone Inn unveils new bistro, bar

By Don Nelson The Freestone Inn’s fireplace lobby and dining room have a new look, new menus, new drinks and an even greater emphasis on drawing local residents out to the far end of the valley. The dining room has been renamed Sandy Butte Bistro, and features a cozy new bar where the library used...
Environmental lawyers play to their strong suit in new Winthrop-based firm

Environmental lawyers play to their strong suit in new Winthrop-based firm

Even if you believe in serendipity, fate, karma, kismet and all that, you might find it hard to fathom that two of the country’s most accomplished environmental attorneys would independently move to the Methow Valley, eventually be introduced to each other and decide to start a law firm. Natalie Kuehler and Mark Ryan would agree that...