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MV Broadband Team working with the State Broadband Office

Broadband Advocacy LogoThe Methow Valley Broadband Action Team needs to hear from you about your internet speed and service. Please take 2 minutes to complete a brief survey. Working with the Washington State Broadband Office, this mapping initiative will help identify gaps in high-speed internet service and areas in the Methow Valley where broadband infrastructure needs are greatest. This information will help us secure state and federal funding for local projects that can enhance service in the Methow Valley. Thank you for your help!

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TwispWorks Awards Third Round of Emergency Business Grants

TwispWorks and the Methow Valley Long Term Recovery Organization are pleased to announce the third round of funding to 13 recipients of the Small Business Emergency Grant program. The program provides $1,500 to Methow-Valley based small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and can be used to pay rent, utilities and other fixed business expenses as well as to help business become more resilient in the future.

Among those awarded was Hayley Mowen with 3rd Avenue Salon. 3rd Avenue Salon stylists have been pivoting their business to include house calls and the purchase of PPE. They expressed gratitude for the extra support for those industries who maintain close contact with clientele. The Methow Valley Inn also expressed gratitude for the grant, stating that they will be opening an outside coffee bar in the garden to help supplement lost income streams with money from this grant. The Idle a While in Twisp has also made improvements such as keyless locks so they can text clients their access code and conduct 90% of their customer interaction via telephone. The Small Business Emergency Grant will be used to purchase PPE for staff and house cleaners.

In Winthrop, the retail shop, Gathered and Oliver’s Kitchen both plan to reopen safely with money from the emergency grant. While Bear Creek Golf Course will use their emergency funds to maintain their equipment and undertake some special projects on the course.

Small Business Emergency Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Idle a While * 3rd Avenue Salon, Hayley Mowen * Floyd Company * Methow Valley Inn * Tappi’s * Olivers * River Run Inn * Mt Gardner Inn * Bear Creek Golf Course * Gathered * Methow Rafting * Allison Childers Darwood, LMP * Alondra’s Cleaning Service

The Small Business Emergency Grant program is made possible thanks to tremendous generosity of our local community and business owners, the Methow Valley Long Term Recovery Organization, and the towns of Twisp and Winthrop, and the mighty Twisp Washington and Winthrop Washington Chambers of Commerce.

Honoring Mary Kiesau

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Mary Kiesau Community Fellowship Fund. The Fund will support the independent projects of artists, photographers, and naturalists working to further their own creativity, professional development, and the community’s connection to the land, art, and each other.

The Fund is held at the Community Foundation of North Central Washington and will be guided by Mary’s partner Merle Kirkley and her mother, Carolyn Townsend. Artists, photographers, and naturalists will have an opportunity to apply for the Fellowship, which will provide funds to support their “field” work and ultimately the creation of artistic works and knowledge that can be shared with the community.

Mary Kiesau was a woman of extraordinary energy and drive. This fellowship honors her legacy through celebrating Mary’s educational and artistic passions:

• living in harmony and balance with the earth and its finite resources
• being observant, interested in, and connected with the natural world in order to gain a deep appreciation for the place one calls home
• helping to create a strong, resilient, and enlightened community that is composed of the Methow flora, fauna, and people.

The Fund emerged from a series of conversations with Mary’s close friends, family, and those who worked and served with her at TwispWorks and the Methow Conservancy.

To honor Mary’s legacy and support the Mary Kiesau Community Fellowship Fund, please donate online or send your check, payable to the Mary Kiesau Community Fellowship Fund to CFNCW, 9 South Wenatchee Avenue, Wenatchee, WA 98801. Thank you!

Icicle Fund Awards TwispWorks Grant in Support of the Arts

Icicle Fund LogoWe’re pleased to announce the Icicle Fund has awarded TwispWorks a grant to support the creation of an artist in residence (AIR) program. The celebration of arts and culture was central to the founding of TwispWorks and remains a focus of our mission.

As the community of artists operating on our campus continues to thrive, the establishment of an AIR program was a natural extension of this commitment and reflects the shared interests in creating this program with our local arts organizations including Methow Arts and the Confluence Gallery. An AIR program is a unique opportunity to welcome artists from outside our community and exchange creativity and experiences. Because TwispWorks is first and foremost a placemaker, we are uniquely suited to host and welcome new artists to share in our story-making and celebrate the importance the arts have in our community. The two-year grant from the Icicle Fund will support the planning and delivery of the program while in tandem we pursue funding to refurbish one of the residences on campus.

Second Round of Funding Awarded to Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Photo courtesy of Will Vastine

TwispWorks and the Methow Valley Long Term Recovery Organization are pleased to announce the second round of funding to 15 recipients of the Small Business Emergency Grant program. The program provides $1,500 to Methow-Valley based small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and can be used to pay rent, utilities and other fixed business expenses as well as to help business become more resilient in the future.


Small Business Emergency Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Motive Yoga Company
Retro Pony
Sunny Pine Farm
Twisp River Wellness
Hoodoo Blooms
Mary Gray Certified Trainer
North Cascades Mountain Hostel
French Quail Boutique
The Iron Horse
Bella Luna
3rd Avenue Salon
Twisp River Bed & Breakfast
Winthrop Guitar Studio
Valley Style
Terry’s Appliances