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Automotive Tech Education Dreams Become a Reality at TwispWorks!

Automotive Tech 1975 CameroIt’s amazing what you can accomplish with a clear vision, hard work and determination. After numerous local students expressed a desire to learn about automotive technology, a plan was hatched to renovate a 650 sq.ft. garage on the TwispWorks campus into a workspace.

TwispWorks is committed to supporting educational opportunities for local youth, and the back of the garage space will also double as a ‘Maker Space’ for a wide range of DIY student projects. Along with instructor Trent Whatley, students recently completed the modernization of the building and rolled in car #1, a 1975 Camaro. What a car! The lines on this hot rod are a work of art but it needs repair in almost every way, and that’s what the students will learn about this semester. Their curriculum covers the full range of learning about tools, how various parts make a car run, how to fix them and even repairing body damage.

ILC students interning at Serious Fun StudioThe garage gives the new Automotive Tech program a launch pad but the dreaming doesn’t stop there. Given that one car barely fits and that at some point Covid will end and class sizes will return to normal numbers, it’s clear that a much larger space is what the program really needs. Enter local architects Kit and Sam Kollmeyer, who are volunteering their time to work with three ILC students on conceptual designs for a larger, truly modern automotive education facility on the TwispWorks campus. In the same way that a car has many parts that must work together, designing a building is incredibly multi-faceted and requires a lot of forward thinking, research and thorough planning.

From start to finish, all aspects of creating an automotive tech program are providing incredible real-world learning opportunities for our students.

Lindsey Bryson joins TwispWorks as Retail Operations and Events Manager.

Lindsey Bryson Retail Operations and Events ManagerTwispWorks is excited to announce that Lindsey Bryson has jointed the TwispWorks staff as the Retail Operations and Events Manager. Lindsey will be responsible for the day to day operation of the Valley Goods store on the TwispWorks campus. She will work closely with the over 70 local artists, producers and makers who are currently represented at the store while ensuring Valley Goods continues to further TwispWorks mission to “Increase the economic and cultural vitality of the Methow Valley”. One of the exciting new initiatives Lindsey will be spearheading for the store is the development and launch of a new Methow Made and eCommerce website. In addition to her duties at Valley Goods. Lindsey will also support the events programming at TwispWorks including a series of summer events to take place at the new Performing Arts Pavilion.

Lindsey brings a passion for small business and deep experience in customer service and events planning to TwispWorks. Lindsey also enjoys deep ties with the local community. She has worked for years both as staff member and volunteer coordination for our local Eagles as well as serving for the past 3 years on the Confluence Gallery’s Board of Directors. She has a degrees in Public Relations from Washington State University.

Lindsey grew up in Twisp and still calls it her home with her partner Jacob and their naughty kitten Ziggy.

If you are an Okanogan County artist, producer or craftsperson and are interested in learning more about having your work represented at Valley Goods you can email Lindsey at

Check out #What Local Looks Like!

What Local Looks LikeIf you spent any time in the Methow Valley this holiday season then you know #What Local Looks Like! Local looks like supporting our local business while shopping for everyone on your list from Mazama mountaineers to Twisp teens, from Winthrop winter sports fanatics to Carlton fans of culinary arts! Check out the wonderful winners and the amazing businesses they supported this holiday season right here!

Take the survey! Rural Restructuring & Comprehensive Economic Study

North Cascades Highway DedicationWe need to hear from you! Since the opening of Highway 20 in 1972 and the creation of the North Cascades National Park and neighboring wilderness areas, the Methow Valley has been quietly restructuring from a sleepy, resource-dependent community at the end of the road, to a thriving bedroom community for second homeowners and outdoor recreationalists. New data on population trends, the number of homes built, and Covid-19 in-migration suggests that the Methow is in a state of flux.

As part of our mission to increase the economic and cultural vitality of the Methow Valley, TwispWorks is compiling data on the Methow Valley as part of a comprehensive economic study. The study aims to demonstrate how much tourism and second home ownership contribute to the economy. We need to know, for example, how many days on average second homeowners spend in the Methow to calculate their financial contribution to the economy. Likewise, we need to know how many remote workers we have in the Methow to understand their impact on the economy. Click here to participate in the survey

The structural changes occurring today will have a lasting impact on the Methow. We want to understand these changes so we can plan for a sustainable future. The results of this study will be open to the public and any organization making strategic plans. For those who’ve recently moved here and for those who grew up here, please take the survey this week. As we all saw in the recent elections, every voice really does matter.
If you have questions or comments regarding these surveys, email Julie Tate-Libby, Director of Programming at TwispWorks.

Valley Goods Finds A Permanent Home on the TwispWorks Campus!

Valley Goods and Methow Made

photo courtesy of Mitchell Images

Methow Made is excited to announce the expansion of its popular retail store, Valley Goods, from a holiday pop-up to a permanent destination on the TwispWorks campus for all things local!

Opening in time for the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, Valley Goods will feature all your favorite local artists and makers from around Okanogan County. It’s new, larger location, in the space formerly occupied by the OSB Taproom, means more space for safe shopping, more space for new vendors and more opportunities to discover something new! Come shop, explore, visit – inspired gift giving is easy at Valley Goods!

Just like in years past finding the time to shop local is easy at Valley Goods. The store is open every day through December 24th. Featuring hand-made and one of a kind items from over sixty local vendors and staffed by local artists, Valley Goods is sure to make ticking off your holiday gift list a treat this season!

Valley Goods is brought to you by Methow Made, a marketing program that gives Methow Valley artists, makers, producers and micro-manufacturers exposure to customers who love the Methow Valley and want to support our local economy. For more information on Valley Goods or the Methow Made program visit

Learn more about the Methow Made program here.