The Twisp Town Council is considering whether to install solar arrays at three city-owned properties. Solar panels installed near the wastewater treatment plant and the town’s two water wells would power those facilities and reduce the town’s electricity costs. Council learned details of the proposal on Sept. 24 from representatives of the energy consulting firm […]
Winthrop council continues Westernization code revision discussions
The Winthrop Town Council continued its discussion of proposed revisions to the town’s Westernization code as it applies to W-3 zoning at its meeting last week, and agreed that further refinements are necessary before the proposals reach the public hearing stage. Council member Kirsten Vanderhalf, who was part of an ad hoc committee appointed by […]
Winthrop Council will appoint committee to review Westernization regs
The Winthrop Town Council has informally endorsed a recommendation by the town’s Planning Commission to form an ad hoc committee that will review the Westernization ordinance’s regulations for solar panel arrays in the W-3 zone. The Planning Commission’s recommendation came …
Winthrop Planning Commission continues Westernization discussion
By Don Nelson The Winthrop Planning Commission is not going to be rushed into taking a position on a proposal that would amend the town’s Westernization code to loosen restrictions on solar panels in the W-3 zone. That much was clear at a public hearing the commission conducted last week after the proposal was referred […]
Searching for solardarity
By Don Nelson For weeks, we’ve been entangled in another chapter of Winthrop’s decades-old recurring drama, “We All Love Westernization — Until We Don’t.” Just to lighten things up a bit, we’ll call this episode “The Attack of the Solaristas.” To begin let’s, as philosophers say, “posit,” or as lawyers say, “stipulate,” the following assumptions […]
Winthrop mayor suggests solar energy alternatives
Winthrop Mayor Sally Ranzau has weighed in on a proposed amendment to the town’s Westernization code, suggesting possible alternatives to changes that would loosen restrictions on solar power arrays in one Westernization zone.
Proposed Westernization code amendment generates heat
The Winthrop Town Council found itself in the middle of a discussion about solar power last week when it considered a proposal to modify the town’s updated Westernization ordinance.
At issue was a proposal to amend the ordinance to allow solar panel arrays on building roofs that …
A solar-powered organic cidery comes into its own
Sinclair Orchards and Sixknot Cider owners Beth and John Sinclair have plenty to crow about at the moment: Sixknot ciders are winning awards in regional competitions, and their young brand is reaching new markets in the United States and overseas.
The Sinclairs make — and sell — a product that they believe in, and they’re doing it their way: …