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Room One handles increase in family planning services

Room One handles increase in family planning services

By Ann McCreary Room One in Twisp has seen an increase in the number of people seeking family planning services after Okanogan Family Planning closed its doors about four months ago. Okanogan Family Planning, a private nonprofit organization, closed in November after 40 years, leaving a gap in family planning services in the Okanogan Valley...
Winthrop business owners face trademark, Westernization issues

Winthrop business owners face trademark, Westernization issues

By Laurelle Walsh Winthrop innkeepers Kristin and Josh Buehler learned an “expensive lesson” last month, after finding out that their business name violated the trademark of a Hood Canal resort. On March 2, the owner of Alderbrook Resort & Spa telephoned to ask the Buehlers to change the name of their business — Alderbrook Inn — to avoid confusion...
Co-op begins review of rate structure; elects board members

Co-op begins review of rate structure; elects board members

The Okanogan County Electric Cooperative (OCEC) is initiating a review of its rate structure as the current three-year rate schedule adopted in 2012 nears completion. The electric cooperative has hired a consulting firm to develop a Cost of Services Analysis (COSA) to lay the groundwork for the upcoming rate-setting process, said David Gottula, OCEC general...
Community briefs: April 1, 2015

Community briefs: April 1, 2015

Egg hunt at Pearrygin Make sure you get to Pearrygin Lake State Park’s main campground before noon on Saturday (April 4), because that’s when the Twisp Valley Grange’s annual Easter egg hunt starts — and they don’t wait for dawdlers. The event is free, and no Discover Pass is needed to park. After the egg...
USFS woodcutting permits available

USFS woodcutting permits available

Beginning Wednesday (April 1), personal-use firewood cutting permits are available for purchase at the U.S. Forest Service office in Winthrop. “We’re opening the Methow Valley Ranger District a month earlier this year due to the low snowpack and associated early access to the forest,” said Mike Liu, Methow Valley District Ranger. “Cutting western larch will...
College students use spring break to help with post-fire recovery efforts

College students use spring break to help with post-fire recovery efforts

About 85 college students from a Christian campus organization are spending their spring break helping with post-fire recovery in the Methow Valley and other areas impacted by the Carlton Complex Fire. Among them …
‘Strike team’ volunteers needed for fire recovery efforts

‘Strike team’ volunteers needed for fire recovery efforts

To provide support for the fire recovery effort and the many volunteers that will be coming to the area to help, “strike teams” made up of local residents are being organized by the …
Cinder out of hibernation in Idaho, making good recovery

Cinder out of hibernation in Idaho, making good recovery

Along with many of Washington’s black bears, Cinder has emerged from hibernation at an Idaho rehabilitation center where she spent the winter, preparing for her return to the Methow Valley.
Valley residents injured in Hwy. 20 traffic accident

Valley residents injured in Hwy. 20 traffic accident

Two Methow Valley residents and an Omak resident were injured Monday (March 23) in an early morning traffic accident on Highway 20 about six miles west of Okanogan, the Washington State Patrol reported.
The IB framework: how the program is intended to work

The IB framework: how the program is intended to work

“It’s not a curriculum — it’s a framework.” Methow Valley School District administrators have repeated this distinction frequently to explain the IB program to the community. But to understand what that really means …