Planning Commission considers options as moratorium continues By Don Nelson Winthrop residents got their first look at proposed new regulations for overnight rentals within the town last week, and as expected it’s a complex topic. The Winthrop Planning Commission hosted a public workshop on the issue of vacation rentals on Oct. 23 at the Winthrop […]
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The Winthrop Town Council will consider proposed language for revisions to the town’s Westernization code as it applies to W-3 commercial zoning, at its Nov. 7 meeting.
Council member Kirsten Vanderhalf, who was part of an ad hoc committee appointed by the council to review the Westernization ordinance’s regulations for solar arrays in the W-3 district, said at last week’s meeting that the proposed language will reflect consensus the committee earlier arrived at.
The Winthrop Planning Commission will hold a public workshop on the topic of vacation rentals within the town on Tuesday (Oct. 23) at 7 p.m. at the Winthrop Barn. In July, the Winthrop Town Council adopted a six-month moratorium on the issuance of business licenses for new “overnight/transient rentals.” The temporary moratorium was adopted due […]
Winthrop will once again consider allowing food trucks to supplement the town’s eating options.
But food carts? Not so much.
Neither food trucks nor carts are currently operating within town limits. But at last week’s Town Council meeting, the issue came up again — as it did in 2017 — because requests keep coming in, Town Planner Rocklynn Culp said. Last year, the idea was shunted aside because of concerns about how food trucks would be able to comply with Westernization requirements.
By Don Nelson Doug Mohre, the man behind Winthrop’s Thanksgiving weekend fireworks show for the past 15 years, is again asking for community support to stage the event. Mohre, recently retired as co-owner of Sheri’s Sweet Shoppe in Winthrop, said at last week’s Winthrop Chamber of Commerce meeting that he will be soliciting donations from […]
By Don Nelson The Town of Winthrop has tentatively accepted the donation of a small, rustic building to be used as a waxing hut at the Town Trailhead. James DeSalvo, executive director of Methow Trails, told the Town Council at its meeting last week that a Mazama-area homeowner offered to donate the small log-cabin structure, […]
Proposed ordinance tabled for one year By Don Nelson Almost four years to the day that the Winthrop Town Council voted not allow wheeled all-terrain vehicles (WATVs) on the town’s streets, the current council declined to revisit the issue for at least another year. At its meeting last week, the council agreed to table for […]
By Don Nelson The Winthrop Town Council has signed off on agreement under which the Winthrop Auditorium Association will continue to operate the Winthrop Barn. Rick Northcott, president of the auditorium association, told the Town Council last week that the association’s board of directors is also prepared to approve the agreement. With both parties on […]
By Don Nelson As a frequent visitor to Winthrop and the Methow Valley, Rebekah Peterson came to appreciate the town’s varied attractions and the valley’s natural beauty. So any enthusiasm she demonstrates in promoting the Western theme town in her new role as Winthrop’s marketing director will be genuine. Peterson was named to the position […]
Photos by Steve Mitchell The Methow Valley Labor Day Rodeo offered spectators and competitors an old-fashioned, welcome diversion from the summer’s fires.