Interns bring youth, talent and perspective to The Merc Playhouse

Interns bring youth, talent and perspective to The Merc Playhouse

By Laurelle Walsh
Seven theater students, one from the University of Washington and six from Seattle University, are interning at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp this summer, designing, managing and performing in the upcoming production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The four actors from Seattle U — Josh …
R&B festival brings blues legends and local favorites

R&B festival brings blues legends and local favorites

By Marcy Stamper On the cusp of its fourth decade serving up rollicking rhythm and blues to fans every summer, the Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival has snagged world-renowned acts for this year’s lineup. Headliners are …
Local marijuana hopefuls face regulatory hurdles, concerns from neighbors

Local marijuana hopefuls face regulatory hurdles, concerns from neighbors

By Marcy Stamper
Ed Rhinehart expects to receive a license this week to grow marijuana in Winthrop, but that achievement will do little to compensate for his frustrations with delays and changes from the state’s licensing body that reduced his crop to a quarter of what he had planned...
Aspholm will ‘Tri’ again

Aspholm will ‘Tri’ again

By Mike Maltais
The eighth annual ChelanMan triathlon will take place at Lake Chelan on July 19-20, and for the second consecutive year 11-year-old Liv Aspholm of Winthrop will be among the competitors lined up for the three-event Try-a-Tri. The Try-a-Tri is a …
2014 Art Fest Gallery

2014 Art Fest Gallery

The 2014 Methow Arts Festival had everything you need for a successful summer shindig — high temps, good food and a fun crowd. We hope you enjoy our gallery, the product of two staff photographers as well as community contributions.
Spokes fighting strokes

Spokes fighting strokes

By Marcy Stamper
Four cyclists and the driver of a support van passed through town on the Fourth of July weekend, just one week into a 5,200-mile bike ride to build awareness of the potential for cycling to aid in recovery—and provide independence and mobility—for survivors of strokes and...
Elements of ‘Earth, Wind and Fire’ interpreted at Winthrop Gallery

Elements of ‘Earth, Wind and Fire’ interpreted at Winthrop Gallery

By Laurelle Walsh
Three Methow Valley artists — Lauralee Northcott, Dennis Kirkland and Cliff Schwab — present their recent work in a show titled “Earth, Wind and Fire” that opens this week at the Winthrop Gallery, located at 237 Riverside Ave. An artists’ reception will be held …
Facilities task force proposes $5.5 million for campus, buses

Facilities task force proposes $5.5 million for campus, buses

By Marcy Stamper
After three months of study, the task force that has been assessing facilities needs at the Methow Valley School District is recommending spending $4.5 million on maintenance and upgrades in the district’s schools and grounds and another …
Fire district nearing approval of levy request

Fire district nearing approval of levy request

By Ann McCreary

Fire district commissioners are expected to approve a resolution next week calling for increased property taxes to build a new fire station in Winthrop for Okanogan County Fire District 6.
Help wanted

Help wanted

By Ann McCreary

During any busy summer weekend in Winthrop, visitors swarm Sheri’s Sweet Shoppe like yellow jackets at a picnic. Chances are they’ll be served the ice cream cones and candy that are Sheri’s specialty by an employee from Europe. “Usually a quarter to a third of …...
Fourth of July parade 2014

Fourth of July parade 2014

July 4, 2014 was a great day for a parade. We hope you enjoy our gallery, the product of three staff photographers as well as community contributions.
Twisp Airport Fly In

Twisp Airport Fly In

Saturday Morning, July 5, was another beautiful Methow Valley summer day. Just the kind of day when eating pancakes and watching airplanes seems like the perfect thing to do.