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LBHS grad helps Central American asylum seekers

LBHS grad helps Central American asylum seekers

By Marcy Stamper
As immigration is once again a major focus of public policy and debate, one Liberty Bell High School graduate is working directly with Central American asylum seekers to provide basic comforts and transportation.
Participants sought for study on rural families

Participants sought for study on rural families

By Marcy Stamper
Jennifer Sherman, an associate professor of sociology from Washington State University, is living in the Methow Valley for the year as part of her research on families in rural Washington. Sherman’s project, “Changing Times, Changing …
Harsh words, requests for fire-recovery funds delivered at hearing in Olympia

Harsh words, requests for fire-recovery funds delivered at hearing in Olympia

By Marcy Stamper
Okanogan County Commissioner Ray Campbell delivered a harsh assessment of actions and decisions that allowed the Carlton Complex Fire to get out of control, and the mayors of Twisp and Pateros asked for money to …
A wealth of wovens

A wealth of wovens

Ten members of the Methow Valley Spinners & Weavers Guild — from left Christina Kyte, Jackie Hovis, Cheryl Bellin, Cathie Lewis, Lillie Smith, Dorothy Evans, Jacquie Luke, Susan Snover, Janet Lindsey and Katie Swanson — built a mountain of hand-woven rugs at their weekly meeting last Thursday. The guild opens its doors to the public this weekend for its...
‘Buy Methow’ campaign launched for holidays

‘Buy Methow’ campaign launched for holidays

By Don Nelson
The Methow Valley business community is teaming up with other local organizations to promote holiday shopping and winter tourism as part of an effort to shore up the valley’s economy. “Buy Methow for the Holidays” is a collaborative effort involving the Twisp and Winthrop chambers of commerce, the Methow Made...
Case raises questions about ATV-related issues in county

Case raises questions about ATV-related issues in county

By Marcy Stamper
When it increased opportunities for all-terrain vehicle (ATV) riders — one of the intents of a state law passed in 2013 — did the county violate other parts of the law by increasing confusion about where people can ride and heightening the potential that sensitive environmental areas would be damaged? Was the county required...
District 6 explores fire hall funding within existing debt limit

District 6 explores fire hall funding within existing debt limit

By Ann McCreary
Okanogan County Fire District 6 commissioners will evaluate whether the district can finance construction of a new fire station in Winthrop without a levy increase or bond proposal at a public meeting on Monday (Nov. 24). The meeting, which includes a public hearing on the district’s proposed 2015 budget, will...
Sale of Tice Ranch falls through, auction firm says

Sale of Tice Ranch falls through, auction firm says

By Ann McCreary The auction sale of Tice Ranch to the high bidder — a local couple — is off, according to a spokesperson for J.P. King Auction Company. In an auction held Oct. 16, Robert and Laura Howson of Twisp were the high bidders on the property, and were announced by the auction company as the new...
County’s environmental review of comp plan upheld

County’s environmental review of comp plan upheld

By Marcy Stamper
Okanogan County’s proposed comprehensive plan will not result in significant environmental impacts, and growth in the county can be expected to remain very slow, said the county’s hearing examiner in a decision on an appeal of the environmental review of the plan. Okanogan County Hearing Examiner Dan Beardslee said other...
Weather station will be reactivated at Methow Valley State Airport

Weather station will be reactivated at Methow Valley State Airport

By Ann McCreary
At the request of pilots using the Methow Valley State Airport, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will reactivate a weather reporting station this winter. WSDOT, which operates the airport, began working last year to reactivate a decommissioned, privately owned weather reporting system for use at the airport, which...