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Methownet.com alters its online rules

Methownet.com alters its online rules

The pitched emotions and so-called fake news that engulfed the country during the often-vitriolic election campaign have generated enough soul-searching to prompt a policy change at the Methownet.com bulletin board (www.methownet.com/bulletinboard.html). On Nov. 18, under …
Methow Trails adapts its Nordic system as climate changes

Methow Trails adapts its Nordic system as climate changes

When Methow Trails measures its Nordic trail system in inches — 7,603,200, to be exact — it’s not just a gimmick to make the network seem larger. The trails staff actually tend their 120 miles of trails by the inch, taking into account the effect of every rock, root and …
Proposal for vintage trailer park near Methow raises hackles, more questions

Proposal for vintage trailer park near Methow raises hackles, more questions

Although she has a compliance plan with Okanogan County that spells out the necessary permits for an RV park she is planning near the town of Methow, property owner Kimberly Mele continues to provoke neighbors and county officials by working on the site without authorization.
Conservancy hosts holiday party, photo program on North America’s owls

Conservancy hosts holiday party, photo program on North America’s owls

The Methow Conservancy’s annual holiday party and Conservation Awards presentation on Tuesday (Dec. 6) at the Winthrop Barn will be followed by “Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls,” a presentation by award-winning wildlife photographer Paul Bannick. The free events begin with the party at 6 p.m., offering appetizers and drinks, the...
Hover, Branch hold leads in county commissioner races

Hover, Branch hold leads in county commissioner races

Challenger Chris Branch maintained his lead over incumbent Okanogan County Commissioner Sheilah Kennedy for the District 1 seat after an updated count of election returns was posted Monday (Nov. 14) by the Okanogan Count…
Residents get a look at plans for Twisp’s downtown

Residents get a look at plans for Twisp’s downtown

Local residents got a close-up look at plans for two major projects in Twisp — revitalizing the downtown core to attract more visitors; and replacing the cramped, worn-out town hall with a new civic building — during …
Commissioners seek info from tourism council

Commissioners seek info from tourism council

The Okanogan County commissioners have asked the organization that markets the county to tourists for more detailed information about how it promotes different regions of the county. The commissioners also want the Okanogan County Tourism Council …
Standing with Standing Rock

Standing with Standing Rock

About 100 people gathered at a vigil in Twisp on Tuesday (Nov. 15) in support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, who are seeking to block the Dakota Access Pipeline. They collected financial contributions and warm clothing and other supplies, which half a dozen Methow Valley residents plan to deliver to the group of “indigenous...
County contemplates new reg affecting drinking-water systems

County contemplates new reg affecting drinking-water systems

Okanogan County is considering a new regulation that would allow the county to approve drinking-water systems that serve up to 14 connections and 24 people a day. The county used to administer and inspect its own systems …
Ice rink set to open Friday with new surface

Ice rink set to open Friday with new surface

The Winthrop Rink — previously known as the Winthrop Ice & Sports Rink — will be open for skaters beginning this Friday (Nov. 18), weather permitting, delivering on the delayed promise of permanent ice-making equipment that will greatly extend the facility’s season. An official grand opening at the rink is scheduled for Dec. 1. The first skating of the...