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County says ‘no’ to Skalitude Retreat expansion

County says ‘no’ to Skalitude Retreat expansion

Citing concerns about road access, fire-evacuation routes and water, along with the opposition of neighbors, Okanogan County Hearing Examiner Dan Beardslee denied an application to expand use of the Skalitude Retreat south of Carlton. Beardslee issued his decision on Dec. 19. At the Dec. 10 hearing on the application, Beardslee took testimony from …
Farmers State marks 100 years as a Methow Valley community asset

Farmers State marks 100 years as a Methow Valley community asset

A newspaper photograph taken in 1988 shows 10-year-old Beau Buell Adams sitting behind his grandfather Frank Buell’s desk at Farmers State Bank in Winthrop, “trying out the chair he hopes to occupy some day,” according to the caption.
Methow native takes over Java Man Espresso

Methow native takes over Java Man Espresso

Kellen Northcott fondly remembers Java Man Espresso from his days growing up in the Methow Valley. Even then, the little coffee-and-burritos shop in downtown Winthrop was a local fixture. “I came here a lot as a kid,” said Northcott …
Methow Valley News wins more than 30 awards at WNPA annual meeting

Methow Valley News wins more than 30 awards at WNPA annual meeting

The Methow Valley News collected 36 awards – including 14 first-place awards – for writing, photography, design, special publications, our website and social media coverage at the recent Washington Newspaper Publishers Association (WNPA) annual convention in Everett. The contest time period was for newspapers and special publications published from April 2014 through March 2015. Awards...
A solar-powered organic cidery comes into its own

A solar-powered organic cidery comes into its own

Sinclair Orchards and Sixknot Cider owners Beth and John Sinclair have plenty to crow about at the moment: Sixknot ciders are winning awards in regional competitions, and their young brand is reaching new markets in the United States and overseas. The Sinclairs make — and sell — a product that they believe in, and they’re doing it their way:...
New liquor store opens in Twisp

New liquor store opens in Twisp

The Twisp Liquor Store, offering a wide variety of wine, beer, spirits and mixers, has opened on Highway 20 in the former Bryan’s Clothing and Sporting Goods space. The store, at 102 Highway 20 N., is operated by Alex Lopez, whose family also owns and operates the La Fonda Lopez restaurant …
Lariat wins two medals at North American roasters’ competition

Lariat wins two medals at North American roasters’ competition

Winthrop-based Lariat Coffee Roasters won two bronze medals at last month’s inaugural Golden Bean North America coffee competition. Lariat won medals for its Basecamp Espresso and Outlaw Espresso entries in the organic espresso category. The event was held Sept. 19 in Portland, Oregon. It is an extension of the Golden Bean roasters competition that has...
Hank’s recognized for years of service to community, staff

Hank’s recognized for years of service to community, staff

Hank and Judy Konrad, owners of Hank’s Harvest Foods in Twisp, were surprised last week by a delegation from the Washington Food Industry Association bearing balloons and an award for community service for 2015. “The award recognizes lifetime community service — but, especially, for the past two years during the wildfires, when the store was so very...
Jamie’s Place says farewell to one of its founders

Jamie’s Place says farewell to one of its founders

Sheila Brandenburg, founder and chief administrator at Jamie’s Place adult family homes in Winthrop, is stepping down from her leadership and nursing roles in the organization. Brandenburg cites personal and family responsibilities as reasons for her departure, but said she “may be involved with Jamie’s Place in some capacity” — such as a seat on the board...
Skalitude Retreat proposes rental expansion, zip line

Skalitude Retreat proposes rental expansion, zip line

The owner of the Skalitude Retreat has submitted an application to Okanogan County to add up to 14 overnight rental units and a commercial zip line on the property, which is adjacent to National Forest land about 7 miles from Carlton. Overnight accommodations are currently provided in a lodge with three rental units and a...