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Enid Pauline Shaw1916–2017

Enid Pauline Shaw
1916–2017

Enid Pauline Shaw, 100, of Carlton, passed away peacefully at home on Feb. 15, 2017, with family by her side. She was born in Caldwell, Idaho, on Sept. 16, 1916, to James and Polly Gobat. They later moved to Pateros, where Enid spent her younger years growing up. Enid moved to the Methow Valley in...
WSDOT planning repairs to four Hwy. 153 bridges

WSDOT planning repairs to four Hwy. 153 bridges

By Don Nelson The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is working on plans for rebuilding the supporting columns on four bridges over the Methow River on Highway 153 this summer. The “structure rehabilitation project” will affect bridges at mileposts 13.45, 15.51, 16.85 and 18.91. The last two are at the north and south entrances...
State’s wildlife Officer of the Year is a people person, too

State’s wildlife Officer of the Year is a people person, too

Jason Day’s job often is at the intersection of animals and humans By Ann McCreary If you call the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) about a cougar in your chicken coop, or a moose in your apple orchard, odds are WDFW officer Jason Day will be the one who responds. Much of his...
Conservancy hosts holiday party, photo program on North America’s owls

Conservancy hosts holiday party, photo program on North America’s owls

The Methow Conservancy’s annual holiday party and Conservation Awards presentation on Tuesday (Dec. 6) at the Winthrop Barn will be followed by “Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls,” a presentation by award-winning wildlife photographer Paul Bannick. The free events begin with the party at 6 p.m., offering appetizers and drinks, the...
County reviewing development plan in light of recent court decision

County reviewing development plan in light of recent court decision

The Okanogan County commissioners are reviewing a revised version of a new ordinance that would consolidate procedures for land use and development, including countywide policies like the comprehensive plan, zoning and subdivisions.
WSDOT scales back pedestrian ramps at Winthrop’s four-way stop

WSDOT scales back pedestrian ramps at Winthrop’s four-way stop

The “bulbs” are gone from revised designs for pedestrian ramps at each corner of the four-way stop in downtown Winthrop, after town officials asked the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to reconsider its original plans. At last week’s Winthrop Town Council …
One of two Three Rivers Hospital district levies headed for approval

One of two Three Rivers Hospital district levies headed for approval

Voters are supporting one of two Hospital District 1 (Three Rivers Hospital) tax levy proposals on the primary election ballot. A permanent levy lid lift looks headed for a win, but a one-year special levy proposal that requires supermajority approval seems destined for defeat. The hospital district includes the Methow Valley and portions of Okanogan and...
Confederated Tribes express concerns about proposed Flagg Mountain copper mining

Confederated Tribes express concerns about proposed Flagg Mountain copper mining

Members of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation have expressed concern about the potential for future mining in the upper Methow Valley, and the harm it could cause natural resources, as well as the tribes’ cultural and spiritual connections to that land. Tribal members brought those concerns to a meeting last week with U.S. Forest...
Twisp voters approving sales tax hike for transportation projects

Twisp voters approving sales tax hike for transportation projects

By a wide margin, Twisp voters are approving a new 0.2 percent sales tax to raise money to fund transportation improvements in town. The proposition on the Aug. 2 primary election was passing with 73 percent of Twisp voters approving funding a new Transportation Benefit District (TBD) through the sales tax, based on the votes...
Mountain Lion of the Week: Charlie Thornton-White

Mountain Lion of the Week: Charlie Thornton-White

This week’s Mountain Lion of the Week is senior track and field athlete Charlie Thornton-White. Charlie is an outstanding person and athlete. He has played a key role in qualifying Liberty Bell’s 1,600-meter relay for the state meet this season. Although injury forced him to abandon soccer for track, Charlie took to the new sport...