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Winthrop Town Council moves WATV discussion farther on down the road

Winthrop Town Council moves WATV discussion farther on down the road

Proposed ordinance tabled for one year By Don Nelson Almost four years to the day that the Winthrop Town Council voted not allow wheeled all-terrain vehicles (WATVs) on the town’s streets, the current council declined to revisit the issue for at least another year. At its meeting last week, the council agreed to table for...
Town, auditorium association reach Winthrop Barn operating agreement

Town, auditorium association reach Winthrop Barn operating agreement

By Don Nelson The Winthrop Town Council has signed off on agreement under which the Winthrop Auditorium Association will continue to operate the Winthrop Barn. Rick Northcott, president of the auditorium association, told the Town Council last week that the association’s board of directors is also prepared to approve the agreement. With both parties on...
Twisp recognized as ‘smart community’ for planning efforts

Twisp recognized as ‘smart community’ for planning efforts

By Ann McCreary The Town of Twisp’s economic planning efforts have been recognized as “pioneering and a model for other jurisdictions.” Twisp is one of a handful of Washington communities to receive the Governor’s 2018 Smart Communities Award, presented to town officials during a recent Twisp Council meeting. The award specifically commended the town for...
Relocation program brings mountain goats to North Cascades

Relocation program brings mountain goats to North Cascades

By Ashley Ahearn This week federal and state agencies begin work relocating mountain goats from the Olympic Mountains to the North Cascades. It’s the first phase of a year-long plan to relocate or kill all the mountain goats in Olympic National Park, where they are an invasive species that was introduced in the early 1900s....
Twisp’s new marketing director will promote economy, livability

Twisp’s new marketing director will promote economy, livability

By Ann McCreary Twisp’s new marketing director, Jamie Petitto, brings to her new job a diverse background, from working in a Los Angeles talent agency to marketing for local nonprofit groups.  Petitto was recently hired by the Twisp Chamber of Commerce to promote Twisp and the almost 100 businesses that belong to the chamber. “My...
Winthrop hires new marketing director under revised structure

Winthrop hires new marketing director under revised structure

By Don Nelson As a frequent visitor to Winthrop and the Methow Valley, Rebekah Peterson came to appreciate the town’s varied attractions and the valley’s natural beauty. So any enthusiasm she demonstrates in promoting the Western theme town in her new role as Winthrop’s marketing director will be genuine. Peterson was named to the position...
County taking another look at cannabis growing regulations

County taking another look at cannabis growing regulations

More tweaks to zoning code requirements By Marcy Stamper Okanogan County continues to tweak its zoning regulations to make marijuana operations more compatible with residential and commercial areas and more clearly defined for growers. The county currently has an interim zoning code that bans cannabis farms in some areas and requires a conditional-use permit in...
PSFA enhances the local education experience

PSFA enhances the local education experience

Community support pours thousands of dollars into schools By Marcy Stamper Methow Valley schoolchildren and teachers would inhabit a very different world — one without Suzuki violin lessons, college and career counseling, and fewer science field trips — if it weren’t for the contributions of the Public School Funding Alliance (PSFA). PSFA started 15 years ago to fill gaps...
Methow River’s steady erosion threatens Community Covenant Church in Twisp

Methow River’s steady erosion threatens Community Covenant Church in Twisp

River bank has receded dramatically in past two years By Ann McCreary If the Methow River continues to erode the river bank by the Community Covenant Church at the same rate as the past two years, a church-owned gazebo that is 25 feet away from the riverbank could end up in the river next spring....
Resources scaled back for Crescent Mountain, McLeod fires

Resources scaled back for Crescent Mountain, McLeod fires

Firefighters make good progress, weather cooperates The Crescent Mountain and McLeod fires were moving into demobilization mode early this week, although fire crews were continuing to strengthen fire lines and aircraft were providing water and retardant drops in a few active parts of the fires. Only a week ago, the fires were considered the top...