Cove’s food drive coming soon

The Cove Methow Valley Food Bank’s 15th annual food drive will be conducted on May 15 with the help of post offices in Twisp, Winthrop, Carlton and Methow.

In conjunction with the food drive, The Cove will celebrate its 16th anniversary with an open house the same day from noon – 4p.m. Free hot dogs and chili will be served.

On May 10, valley residents will be mailed information and a plastic bag provided by local grocers. Residents are asked to put appropriate food items in the bag and hang it on their mailbox on May 15 for pick-up by postal carriers. If you receive mail at a post office box, food collection bins will be available in the post office lobbies. Volunteers will pick up those donations at the end of the day.

Suggested items for donation include canned meats, fruits, vegetables, stews, noodles, cereals and personal hygiene items such as shampoo and laundry detergent. The Cove Food Bank serves 75 to 100 families each week. Cash donations can be mailed to The Cove, P.O. Box 895, Twisp, WA 98856. For more information, call 997-0227.

Help out Room One

Room One, the nonprofit social services agency in Twisp, is participating in The Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG day on Tuesday (May 6). All donations made to Room One on that day will be stretched by contributions from The Seattle Foundation and GiveBIG sponsors. For more information, call 997-2050.

Volunteer at Shafer Museum

Want to help clean up the building interiors at the Shafer Museum in Winthrop? A volunteer work party will spruce things up on Tuesday (May 6) beginning at 9 a.m. For more information, call 996-2813.

Day 17 reopening from the east side of SR 20 - North Cascades Highway. Mark Bakken spend Monday cutting basins above the highway in avalanche chutes to catch snow slides before they reach the highway. Photo courtesy of WSDOT

Day 17 reopening from the east side of SR 20 – North Cascades Highway. Mark Bakken spend Monday cutting basins above the highway in avalanche chutes to catch snow slides before they reach the highway. Photo courtesy of WSDOT

Snow clearing makes progress

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) reported this week that crews clearing snow from the North Cascades Highway found no new snow accumulations when they returned to work Monday (April 28), but their work was slowed by an avalanche in the Cutthroat Ridge area that dumped a pile of snow about 12 feet deep and 200 feet wide. Crews working from the west side advanced to about milepost 161, while the crews working from the Methow side widened lanes to about milepost 156. WSDOT earlier estimated that the highway will be cleared by about mid-May.