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Construction begins on commercial/residential, 2-story building in Twisp

Construction begins on commercial/residential, 2-story building in Twisp

Preserving two large trees was a key goal in plans for a new commercial/residential building on property next to the River Bank building on Glover Street in Twisp. Construction is underway on a small, two-story building that will have a business on the ground floor and an apartment on the upper floor.
County commissioners extend deadline for zoning update

County commissioners extend deadline for zoning update

The Okanogan County commissioners have added another month for completing the update of the county’s zoning code, keeping the interim code in effect until the end of July. The interim code was adopted in December 2014 to preserve the status quo while the commissioners, planning staff and public worked on the first major update to...
Open house Thursday for Twisp economic revitalization plans

Open house Thursday for Twisp economic revitalization plans

Twisp residents and business owners are invited to an open house Thursday evening (June 16) to learn about and comment on plans for economic revitalization in Twisp. The open house will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. at TwispWorks, hosted by the Town of Twisp and SCJ Alliance, an urban planning consulting firm that is contracting...
Two retire after long careers with school district

Two retire after long careers with school district

Joni Stevie and Rocky Kulsrud are both retiring after long careers as teachers with the Methow Valley School District, but they aren’t cutting the cord completely — they’ll both still be regularly involved with students as athletic coaches. Stevie has a noteworthy history with Methow Valley schools. A Liberty Bell High School graduate, she spent her entire...
Five entry-level applicants for Twisp’s officer opening

Five entry-level applicants for Twisp’s officer opening

The Town of Twisp has received applications from five candidates for an entry-level police officer position in the Twisp Police Department. Each candidate has passed written and physical testing and indicated they want to work in Twisp, said Civil Service Commission secretary Jackie Moriarty.
Changes coming to MV School District this fall

Changes coming to MV School District this fall

The coming Methow Valley School District year will provide more generous classroom and study spaces for students at the Independent Learning Center (ILC), new teachers at the elementary and high schools, and a new program in computer coding. Other changes come …
USFS cites prescribed burning’s restorative powers

USFS cites prescribed burning’s restorative powers

The Methow Valley Ranger District wrapped up its spring prescribed burning about one month ago, but that hasn’t extinguished the debate over the effectiveness and health impacts of these forest treatments. After years of fire suppression, the U.S. Forest Service has been using prescribed burning as part of its dry-forest restoration strategy since …
LBHS Graduation 2016

LBHS Graduation 2016

See photo gallery below. The class of 2016 is: McKenna Barnes, Lake Erie College in Ohio Monica Chavey, Central Washington University Tyson Coleman, Walla Walla Community College Connor Cooley, Gonzaga University Dyson Oliver Curtis, gap year and working Asa Daniels, Shoreline Community College Cory Diamond, Claremont McKenna College Tara Dod, University of Washington Tacoma Oscar...
County commissioners seek another month to work on zoning code

County commissioners seek another month to work on zoning code

The Okanogan County commissioners are seeking another month to complete the update of the county’s zoning code, and therefore want to keep the interim code in effect until the end of July. The interim code was adopted in December 2014 to preserve the status quo while the commissioners, planning staff and public worked on the...
Winthrop hires a new marshal, at last

Winthrop hires a new marshal, at last

The Town of Winthrop is about to again have a police force — although still not fully staffed. Mayor Sue Langdalen announced at last week’s council meeting that the town has hired Hal Henning, the police chief in Seldovia, Alaska, to …