Today is Monday, Mar. 2, 2015

NEWS
Meager snowpack portends ‘grim conditions’

Meager snowpack portends ‘grim conditions’

Last year set the record for the driest January and February in terms of snowpack for the upper Columbia basin since records have been kept, but this year could challenge that record. “This year’s going to break it if we don’t get any snow next week. Then we’ll have a zero-snow …
Water plan outlines needs for Twisp’s system in future

Water plan outlines needs for Twisp’s system in future

The Town of Twisp “is a poster child for water conservation,” according to a consultant who prepared a water system plan for the town. “I’ve worked with lots and lots of communities. None have reduced water use by two-thirds in the last 20 years,” said Dave VanCleve. None, that is, except Twisp.
Logging in Eight Mile, Cub Creek areas will shut down

Logging in Eight Mile, Cub Creek areas will shut down

A logging operating that began last week in the Eight Mile and Cub Creek areas northwest of Winthrop will shut down this week because warm weather has thawed the ground and made forest soil vulnerable to damage. The Wrangle Timber Sale logging operation is thinning …
School special ed director back on job after administrative leave

School special ed director back on job after administrative leave

Jim Cordell, the special education director and psychologist for the Methow Valley School District, was placed on paid administrative leave for six weeks to allow investigation of “an internal matter,” according to Methow Valley School District Superintendent Tom Venable. The issue was resolved …
Fire recovery legislation languishing in committee — help for schools faring best

Fire recovery legislation languishing in committee — help for schools faring best

Since the start of the Legislative session this year, state lawmakers have considered nine bills directly related to firefighting and fire recovery, but most of the proposals are still languishing in committee. The bill that has made the most progress — having received …
$15 billion bi-partisan Senate transportation plan unveiled

$15 billion bi-partisan Senate transportation plan unveiled

After 22 months of negotiations, four senators — two Republicans and two Democrats — have unveiled a $15 billion transportation package with an 11.7 cents-per-gallon gas tax increase at its revenue core. “It’s been a thorough and tough negotiation, but we did it …
First PEPS mothering group a success at Room One

First PEPS mothering group a success at Room One

By Laurelle Walsh

New moms Cara Godwin, Sara Steele, Sam Soodak, Talitha Parsons and Dani Golden met at Room One in Twisp on Friday (Feb. 13) for the final session of a 12-week mothering group based on the PEPS framework, or Program for Early Parent Support. The moms brought their …

Three Rivers Dog Training busy all winter

Three Rivers Dog Training busy all winter

By Laurelle Walsh
Puppies, dogs and their humans are learning positive social behavior, obedience and agility skills out of the snow this winter thanks to Three Rivers Dog Training’s new year-round training facility. “The new building is wonderful,” said Three Rivers owner Lynne Wasson. “It’s not …
PUD commissioners preserve all options for Enloe Dam

PUD commissioners preserve all options for Enloe Dam

By Marcy Stamper
The Okanogan County Public Utility District commissioners have kept their options open on Enloe Dam, passing a resolution to request an extension on design and construction so they can look for partners to operate the dam, remove it, or even devise an alternative …
Facilities task force recommends $5.3 million in school fixes

Facilities task force recommends $5.3 million in school fixes

By Marcy Stamper
After reviewing all items on last year’s list of the most urgent upgrades and repairs to school buildings and grounds, the Methow Valley School District’s facilities task force has concluded that the needs have not changed — so they are proposing replacing floors …