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Learn about making neighboring even better

Learn about making neighboring even better

An organization that will match volunteers with people who need help with basic chores and services — such as meals, transportation or yard work — that help people stay in their own homes as they age has …
Lower Valley: March 25, 2015

Lower Valley: March 25, 2015

By Joanna Bastian It is not normal to see someone snorkeling in the Methow Valley in March. I have completed a fair amount of meticulous research on the subject and have formulated several strong theories on why snorkeling is not an early spring activity in the Methow Valley: • It is mud season. Underwater vision...
Winthrop: March 25, 2015

Winthrop: March 25, 2015

By Ashley Lodato The other day I chatted with Frankie Waller and she reminded me of a couple of events coming up at the Winthrop Barn in the next few weeks: the membership meeting on Monday (March 30) and the ladies’ tea party and fashion show on April 11. The fashion show will feature local...
Mazama: March 25, 2015

Mazama: March 25, 2015

By Bob Spiwak It’s a sunny Monday morning and the rain predicted for yesterday was barely a trickle this side of Mazama. There is a chance of snow for tonight, followed by warmer days. At Harts Pass the snow level in a week has risen from 79 to 88 inches. The snow/water content is now...
Twisp: March 25, 2015

Twisp: March 25, 2015

By Sally Gracie The robins and phoebes are back in my yard. Some snowbirds have also returned to the valley with exciting stories to tell of their excellent adventures. Wilson Hicks and Susie Gallagher spent three winter months in Mexico. They flew to Mexico City, spent a week there, then rented a car and headed...
Cinder out of hibernation in Idaho, making good recovery

Cinder out of hibernation in Idaho, making good recovery

Along with many of Washington’s black bears, Cinder has emerged from hibernation at an Idaho rehabilitation center where she spent the winter, preparing for her return to the Methow Valley.
Heating up

Heating up

By Don Nelson The daily Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) reports from the crews clearing the snow off the North Cascades Highway are like nothing we’ve read in years. The snowpack levels are low, the avalanche chutes are relatively benign, the daily temperatures are moderate and the big machines are clearing pavement at a...
Let’s stop enabling the Saudis

Let’s stop enabling the Saudis

As a Norwegian it pains me, on high-minded historic principle, to give Swedes any credit. But it seems churlish not to applaud those uppity Swedes when they do get something right. Besides, the whole sorry business forces the rest of us to think about stuff we prefer to ignore. So: Sweden’s new foreign minister, Social...
Letters to the editor: March 25, 2015

Letters to the editor: March 25, 2015

Less hostility, more listening Dear Editor: Last night (March 18), Methow Valley School District Superintendent Tom Venable, elementary school Principal Anne Andersen and high school Principal Deborah DeKalb attempted to host a community discussion about the opportunity for our school district to become part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) framework. Tom shared the findings from...
Valley residents injured in Hwy. 20 traffic accident

Valley residents injured in Hwy. 20 traffic accident

Two Methow Valley residents and an Omak resident were injured Monday (March 23) in an early morning traffic accident on Highway 20 about six miles west of Okanogan, the Washington State Patrol reported.