Methow Valley

Courtney Flatt/NW News Network

One family’s continuous wildfire preparation paid off this summer in north central Washington.

Peter Polson’s feet crunch as he walks across a meadow on his property. This time last year, his boots wouldn’t have made that noise. Now, the meadow is blackened after the Cedar Creek fire swept through his land just west of downtown Winthrop.

WA lands commissioner reflects on 2021 wildfire season

Oct 6, 2021
Courtesy of National Interagency Fire Center

The wildfire season in the Inland Northwest is winding down. It was a season that began early and continued with intensity during the heat of July and August. More than a dozen big fires were regularly burning throughout the three states. The Methow and Yakima valleys experienced weeks of smoky air.

We asked Washington Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz to compare the 2021 fire season with the 2020 version, which hit its peak during early September.

Today, two positive and I think uplifting conversations: we meet Diane Sherman, a Spokane artist who merges yoga, journaling, painting and drawing into her work, teaching, and way of living. We’ll also check in with cellist and director of the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival Kevin Krentz, whose creativity has been more than stretched in these difficult times. Music is from the 2017 Methow Valley Music Festival.

This Week's NWAR takes us to Coeur d'Alene's Art on the Green, a traditional event available only virtually this year. We'll also hear from a young musician on the rise, violinist Yvette Kraft, back from a successful time at the Grumiaux Festival in Belgium. And we check in with David LaFever of the Methow Valley Interpretive Center. The Center recently received one of the federal government's CARES grants.

Methow Valley Interpretive Center Prepares For Re-Opening

May 31, 2020
Courtesy of Methow Valley Interpretive Center

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the Methow Valley Interpretive Center in Twisp was still several weeks from reopening for its 2020 season. More than two months later, the center’s operators are ready to welcome visitors, but the state’s reopening protocols won’t allow it.

Methow Airport Undergoes Facelift

Jul 5, 2018
Washington State Department of Transportation

The Methow Valley State Airport in Winthrop is getting a facelift.

The airport is largest of 16 airports managed by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Signal Disruption - Methow and Okanogan Valleys

Oct 18, 2017

SPR’s signal to the Methow Valley is fed to Twisp, Omak, and Oroville over the Shaw satellite system from Canada. The fiber link from Spokane to Shaw’s uplink (near Mississauga/Toronto) failed again Friday, October 27. Therefore, Omak Oroville, and Twisp are down temporarily.  Service will be restored as soon as possible. The folks at Shaw are working through the weekend to diagnose the issue.