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Westernization update adopted by Winthrop Town Council — at last

Westernization update adopted by Winthrop Town Council — at last

After more than two years of discussion, hundreds of hours of volunteer work, meeting after meeting for public input, and countless revisions, re-revisions and re-re-revisions, the Town of Winthrop’s updated Westernization code was quickly and quietly adopted last week by the Town Council. It was a somewhat anti-climactic …
Okanogan County still waiting for federal money for nontaxable land

Okanogan County still waiting for federal money for nontaxable land

Okanogan County became the poster child for the need for federal payments to counties with large tracts of nontaxable land at a U.S. Senate hearing last week. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) contrasted Okanogan County’s 1.6 million acres of federal lands with the 14 acres in …

Cowboy (or cowgirl) up for ’49er Days – a celebration of the Old West

The Western village of Winthrop once again provides an authentic backdrop for the town’s annual ’49er Days celebration, a salute to the valley’s pioneering past and spirit that is now in its 72nd year. Festivities start on Friday (May 12), and continue through Sunday (May 14), which is also Mother’s Day. Take mom to breakfast....
'49er Days logistics: getting there, getting around

’49er Days logistics: getting there, getting around

For a good part of Saturday (May 13), downtown Winthrop — Riverside Avenue in particular — will be completely given over to ’49er Days activities. But if you’re patient, or don’t mind taking a break from your travels to enjoy the event, it’s not really that much of a hassle. At noon on Friday (May...
Down-home  royalty

Down-home royalty

For Winthrop ’49er Days junior royalty members KanDee Sims and Emily Paul, the seeds were sown at a young age. Princess Emily Paul was born in Wenatchee and raised in the Methow Valley; Queen KanDee Sims was born in Auburn and moved to the Methow Valley at age 3. Both remember attending …
Erosion, flooding close roads to WDFW campsites

Erosion, flooding close roads to WDFW campsites

Roads to two Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife campgrounds and nearby recreation areas in the Methow Valley have been closed by severe erosion and flooding. Two campgrounds in that area – Bear Creek campground #2 (also known as Lower Bear Creek campground) and Cougar Lake campground – are technically open, but there is no...
Millers are proud testament to Methow Valley history

Millers are proud testament to Methow Valley history

Carl Miller remembers the early ’49er Days celebrations from when he was a child growing up in the Methow Valley. His uncle Henry Damman was involved in organizing the first festivities, which Carl recalls being simpler. The annual celebration, now in its 72nd year, is a little more elaborate these …
Fire-damaged Twisp River Pub may become community ‘Hub’

Fire-damaged Twisp River Pub may become community ‘Hub’

Joe Marver, new owner of the former Twisp River Pub, envisions restoring the extensively burned building as a traditional restaurant and event venue, and is looking for local investors to help make it happen. Marver, who owns Twisp River Suites next to the pub property, purchased the land and ...
Konrads plan to redevelop Blue Spruce Motel site

Konrads plan to redevelop Blue Spruce Motel site

A Twisp landmark — some people might say it is more accurately described as an eyesore — will soon be gone. Crews have been tearing down the Blue Spruce Motel at the south end of town over the past two weeks, clearing the property for future commercial development.
Winthrop approves police services contract with Twisp

Winthrop approves police services contract with Twisp

The Town of Winthrop has agreed to a three-month contract under which the Twisp Police Department will provide temporary law enforcement coverage in Winthrop. The Winthrop Town Council approved the agreement at its meeting last week.