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Blue Star debuts new look in coffee bags

Blue Star debuts new look in coffee bags

By Don Nelson Yes, that’s a coffee bag — although probably unlike any you’ve seen before. Blue Star Coffee Roasters recently began stocking retail shelves and its store in Twisp with the new bags, which replace the paper bags Blue Star has used for years. The new bags are shorter, wider and made with “high-barrier” foil, which...
Kvicala new outreach coordinator for Methow Recycles

Kvicala new outreach coordinator for Methow Recycles

Aspen Kvicala has been named outreach coordinator for Methow Recycles, the nonprofit recycling organization in Twisp. The northern California native has a deep appreciation for the outdoors, according to a Methow Recycles press release. “I learned at an early age that we have choices in the way we live our lives which can positively impact...
County considering proposal for RV park near Methow

County considering proposal for RV park near Methow

Okanogan County is considering a proposal from a property owner who wants to create a nine-unit RV park with two tent sites and a bathroom facility on 11 acres located north of the town of Methow. A site plan for the Happy Camper Recreational …
Retail marijuana outlet proposed for Carlton

Retail marijuana outlet proposed for Carlton

Okanogan County is reviewing a proposal for a marijuana retail store adjacent to the Carlton General Store. Endicott Enterprises of Winlock, Washington, has submitted an application to the county for a conditional-use permit…
After 30 years, ready to hit the road

After 30 years, ready to hit the road

Gary Clark is a man who savors rituals. In his 30 years running Coyote Ridge Automotive Repair, he arrived at the shop in Twisp by 5 a.m. and took a 30-minute walk through town. He brewed coffee and had it ready for…
Cevado Technologies wins BBB ethics award

Cevado Technologies wins BBB ethics award

Chelan-based Cevado Technologies, purchased earlier this year by Jenn Tate, owner of Earth & Sky Studios in Twisp, is one of five companies in the Northwest to receive a 2016 Business of the Year Torch Award for Ethics from the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The award honors companies whose leadership demonstrates a high level of...
Lots of visitors

Lots of visitors

If it seems like the valley has been filled with more tourists than usual this summer, it’s no illusion. According to Kristen Smith, marketing director of the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce, the town’s tally of hotel/motel occupancy taxes keeps setting new records. Tax receipts in June were up 7.8 percent year-to-date compared to 2015, Smith...
Valley home to ‘best bike shop’

Valley home to ‘best bike shop’

 For the second year in a row, Methow Cycle & Sport in Winthrop has just been named as one of America’s Best Bike Shops by the National Bike Dealers Association (NBDA). The NBDA’s America’s Best Bike Shops program is designed to identify and reward bicycle stores in North America against the highest performance standards in the...
New dairy begins selling locally produced milk

New dairy begins selling locally produced milk

Sam Thrasher got her first dairy cow eight years ago, but developing a licensed commercial dairy was always more of a long-range dream. Thrasher thought she’d be able to pour concrete for a dairy barn in five years and acquire the necessary stainless-steel equipment for the dairy every few years. But after the barn at her...
A learning environment

A learning environment

Six years ago, Steve and Kim Bondi purchased the North Cascades Basecamp intending to turn the rustic lodge and its surroundings into an outdoor, year-round ecological and environmental education workshop. This week, the Bondis spent their last night at the Basecamp with the satisfaction of having achieved that goal. The Bondis recently sold the Basecamp, which …...