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Goldilocks, Galileo, and the end of war

Goldilocks, Galileo, and the end of war

By Dana Visalli The scientific community in recent years has uncovered an avalanche of insights into the functioning of the natural world that bring science and spirit uncomfortably close together. For example, physicists tell us that if the force of gravity had been a millionth of a percent stronger or weaker, the universe would long...
Letters to the editor: January 14, 2014

Letters to the editor: January 14, 2014

Out of control Dear Editor: Horace Wetherall was the only forest ranger employed in the Yacolt Burn, the largest forest fire recorded in Washington state history (until the Carlton Complex Fire) in 1902. He had recently been reprimanded for employing a fire crew and was reluctant to be disciplined again so when he spotted the...
Editorials: January 24, 2015

Editorials: January 24, 2015

Need some reasons The Winthrop Town Council will likely have an item on the agenda of its Jan. 21 meeting to discuss acquiring GPS tracking and information-generating devices for the vehicles used by the police and public works departments. As suggested by council member Vern Herrst, who requested the agenda item, the devices could be...
Mazama: January 14, 2015

Mazama: January 14, 2015

By Bob Spiwak It is 9:30 a.m. Monday (Jan. 12). The fog has been enveloping us all week, occasionally peppered by light snowfalls. Living on the coast years ago, we would measure the amount of fog by utility poles. A three- or four-pole “fogger” at the limit of visibility represented the area where even car...
Twisp: January 14, 2015

Twisp: January 14, 2015

By Sally Gracie Liberty Bell High School freshman Logan Butler earned community service hours by collecting Christmas trees at the Coyote Ridge Automotive drop-off point in Twisp last Saturday. Trees that would normally go to a burn pile will instead be used to improve fish habitat. The project was sponsored by the Yakama Nations Fisheries....
Winthrop: January 14, 2015

Winthrop: January 14, 2015

By Ashley Lodato If you’re all fired up to learn more about the role wildfires play in our landscapes, consider taking the Methow Conservancy’s upcoming six-week conservation course, which will explore many angles of the short- and long-term effects of the Carlton Complex fires and ecological recovery through lectures by local and regional specialists. Some...
Methow: January 14, 2015

Methow: January 14, 2015

Methow By Joanna Bastian Thirty degrees feels absolutely balmy after December’s initial foray into single-digit temperatures. The current beach-worthy weather has done little to diminish my coat envy. It is time for a new warm coat, especially since my overly qualified herding dog tried to save me and my down jacket with her teeth during...
MLK Jr. Day celebration at high school

MLK Jr. Day celebration at high school

Liberty Bell High School is sponsoring a celebration, presentation and panel discussions on Wednesday (Jan. 14) in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day for students and interested community members. The goals of the MLK Day (celebrated on Jan. 19) event are to honor the legacy of King and to support individual and shared responsibilities...
Community briefs: Jan. 7, 2015

Community briefs: Jan. 7, 2015

Community School celebrates national school choice week Methow Valley Community School in Twisp will host a free event on Jan. 28 to celebrate National School Choice Week. The event, which begins at 5 p.m. and is open to the public, will feature an exhibition of what students are learning about living in a fire dependent ecosystem....
Senior News: Jan. 7, 2015

Senior News: Jan. 7, 2015

Calendar THURSDAY, JAN. 8: Blood pressure checks before lunch. MONDAY, JAN. 12: Election of officers. THURSDAY, JAN. 15: Bingo after lunch. TUESDAY, JAN. 20: Bus transportation to Omak/Okanogan. MONDAY, JAN. 26: Door prize gift basket. TUESDAY, JAN. 27: Bus transportation to Wenatchee. Notes On Friday (Jan. 2) we celebrated the new year with sparkling cider and...