With gratitude

Dear Editor:

It is with immense gratitude that we wish to thank the Methow Valley community for once again making the holidays a little brighter for our neighbors. On Christmas morning, 175 children in the Methow Valley had gifts to open, books to read and stockings to empty. We also provided holiday food baskets to 145 families, which fed approximately 500 people.

We owe thanks to so many people and businesses in our community and could not do this without you. In particular, we would like to thank Rocking Horse Bakery for taking an entire afternoon to bake homemade pies for every family in the food basket program, to the Trail’s End Bookstore for offering a 10 percent discount for any books purchased for the Manger Mall, to Hank’s Harvest Foods, and Hank and Jimmy in particular, for always opening their back room, for an entire week in mid-December, to allow us to prepare and deliver food baskets, to the Twisp Valley Grange for allowing us to once again take over and decorate their facility to host the Manger Mall, to Cinnamon Twisp Bakery for providing tasty treats for our volunteers, to the Methow Valley News for sharing the story of our programs and for helping spread the word about donations and registration and to Methow Valley Elementary for donating over 2,500 non-perishable items! These are just a few of the special neighbors that make our programs possible and so incredibly special.

We cannot overlook all of the incredible neighbor volunteers and team leaders who are also an integral part of the programs. We have no less than 200 people who help make this happen and we definitely could not do it without you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

On behalf of the Manger Mall and Neighbors Helping Neighbors, we are humbled and honored to be part of these meaningful programs and such a generous community.

Jennifer Elden, Program Manager, Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Women marching again

Dear Editor:

Are you concerned about the fate of our great country, and the legacy that we are leaving our children? Then join us for the Women’s March in Omak at 11:30 a.m. at the Omak Civic League Park on Saturday (Jan. 20)! Last year’s Women’s March was the most powerful salve I could have applied to my fears.  To march with my daughter, my friends and my fellow Americans gave me great hope for the future. Indeed, if we stand together and demand a transparent, fair and inclusive democracy that safeguards the lives of all Americans, present and future, we may achieve true greatness.

Though the reasons are too long to list, we march for affordable health care, living wage jobs, women’s reproductive health, a clean environment, public lands, social security, public education, respect for immigrants and the embrace of diversity.

Please take the time and join me and fellow Okanogan citizens in showing our strength in Omak. You can be sure that the solidarity will help sustain you through 2018! Also, be sure not to miss the sign-making party at 5 p.m. on Wednesday (Jan. 17) at the Education Station on the TwispWorks campus.

Jeanne White, Winthrop

Enforcement alert

Dear Editor:

Is it just me, or has there been an increase in vehicles pulled over and ticketed in the valley lately? Are we speeding more with our fresh 2018 resolutions? Are we being targeted? Is there a new quota system in place?

My wife was pulled over the other day as she accelerated just before the 50 mph sign leaving Twisp. (Did you know that the speed limit doesn’t begin until you pass the sign? Good lesson). Last week, one of my employees rolled her window down as she drove slowly by Kind Grinds, just so she could hear some juicy tidbits of the altercation. “I was just grabbing a quick coffee!” was all she heard from the car’s driver, as the officer backed up with his hand awfully close to his revolver.

While discussing this with Rick the postal clerk in East 20 Pizza, he regaled me with dozens more stories he had heard from people who have been pulled over in the last two weeks for things such as going 5 mph over, talking on their cell phone, and a broken tail light. A gal at the table next to me piped up and said, “In all my years living here, I’ve never seen a car pulled over. On my way here today, I saw four — and as one officer hailed a car over, he told them to stay put, then hopped in his car to go get another one.”

The pendulum has swung, and Winthrop has really great coverage from our Marshal’s Office (for which we are grateful!). Their professional and thorough response to the break-in that happened at Old Schoolhouse Brewery was lightning fast. 

It appears that Highway 20 is also now fully covered with Washington State Patrol troopers. Please drive safely out there, Methow Valley.

Jacob Young, Co-owner, Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop

Thanks for the miracle

To the Editor:

It is now two weeks since our poodles were rescued over the holidays after spending eight nights and nine days in the bitter cold of the Methow Valley. They are doing beautifully at home in Tacoma, steadily putting on weight and feeling pretty chipper.

We are eternally grateful to the entire community of the Methow Valley, for the prayers, the tears and cheers; we are still — and always will be — in awe of it all. There were many heroes in this story, from those searching day and night, to the couple who spotted them, and finally to Dr. Gina Pastore and care coordinator Tammy Sutton, who gave up their holiday to work in the clinic to bring them back to life.

It is a story that warmed many hearts and reminds us all about the goodness that exists in our world. Miracles do happen — Bazi and Sasha know it, too. Thank you for sharing their story. Happy New Year — we’re off to a great start.

Beverly, Jerry and Darcy Walker, Tacoma