Sally Gracie TwispBy Sally Gracie

Twisp librarian Terry Dixon will continue to open the library during regular hours as long as the fire warning stays at Level I. Wireless Internet and public access computers aren’t available while the power is out, but books and other media may be checked out. Terry will write down the bar code numbers and patron information, and physically send it to the North Central library system headquarters. Staff there will enter data into the computer records.

Patrons should bring their library cards. Terry will not turn away any patron who wants a book to read. Volunteers Karen Harper and Barbara Waters were helping Terry record the checkouts.

“If it hadn’t been for Tim Otonicar, we wouldn’t be up and running,” Washworks owner Glen Kominak told me Tuesday (July 22). Tim configured the wiring that is now allowing the public to do their laundry or take hot showers.

Anna Kominak, with help from Carolyn Brickford, Judy Murrah, Adela Morrison and others, is folding laundry that Glen has put through the washers and dryers for the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Corrections.

Glen has been working 14-hour days at Washworks, which has been opening early and closing at 7 p.m. Wash loads from the outfits fighting the fires take priority. Occasionally, ordinary people may have to wait for clean clothes, but hot showers are readily available for the public.

The Red Cross was serving food at the Methow Valley Community Center on Tuesday. See Joan Lasse at the center for more information. The main Red Cross operation in the valley is at the Winthrop Barn, but the first site was the Twisp Valley Grange, where Kay McCready, Rebecca Thompson, Ronda Bradeen and Wendy Braden organized things.