Today is Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

COMMUNITY NEWS
School district hires youth and family social worker

School district hires youth and family social worker

The Methow Valley School District has completed staffing for a coordinated approach to student and family support services with the hiring of Melinda Boonstra as the district’s youth and family social worker. Boonstra will help students and families access community resources and determine how students’ needs affect overall well-being and learning. Her responsibilities include individualized...
Community briefs: September 24, 2014

Community briefs: September 24, 2014

This week: Community Harvest Potluck this weekend, Fire district open house, All about lampreys, Ham radio study sessions, Recognition dinner for nonprofit boards, Community conversations about child care, and Native plants sale
Straight from the heart

Straight from the heart

Ten-year-old Savanna Osborn of Lake Stevens was so moved by the Methow Valley fires and how they affected people here that she made a personal donation to help out: $29 sent to Winthrop Mayor Sue Langdalen, along with a heartfelt personal note. The mayor sent Savanna a hand-written thank you note, and the money went...
Conservancy launches campaign to boost spending at local businesses

Conservancy launches campaign to boost spending at local businesses

The Methow Conservancy has launched an online campaign called “Spend a Ben for the Methow Valley,” asking people to pledge to spend money in any local business (from Pateros to Mazama) to help the community recover from the effects of fires, floods and power outages this summer. A “Ben” is short for a Benjamin, or...
Family practice opens at Three Rivers Hospital

Family practice opens at Three Rivers Hospital

The clinic inside Three Rivers Hospital is expanding its services from surgery and gynecology to include general patient care. Columbia Medical and Surgical Services opened its family practice Monday (Sept. 15). “We’re excited to open this clinic and have another means of helping our district residents and visitors,” CEO J. Scott Graham said in a...
Community briefs: September 17, 2014

Community briefs: September 17, 2014

This week: Tool drive for fire and flood victims, Fire recovery workshop, Co-op celebrates 75 years, Free day at state parks, Soup Dinner tickets on sale soon, and Emergency planning meeting
Prescribed burn set for this fall in valley

Prescribed burn set for this fall in valley

The Methow Valley Ranger District is planning a fall underburn totaling about 120 acres in the Wolf Creek drainage, the U.S. Forest Service said in a press release this week. The underburn will reduce fire hazards for adjacent private and public lands by consuming debris left behind from earlier thinning activities, the release said. The...
Barns, boots & country roots

Barns, boots & country roots

The 67th-annual Okanogan County Fair lured exhibitors of pigs, cattle and goats; chickens, lop-eared bunnies and kittens; cookies and brownies; and quilts and pickles from around the county. The Methow Valley Cascaders 4-H Club attracted many new participants this year, who showed 16 pigs, chickens, rabbits, horses and a steer, according to leader Suellen White....
Vintage Wheels

Vintage Wheels

Applicants sought for vacant Winthrop Town Council seat

Applicants sought for vacant Winthrop Town Council seat

By Don Nelson

Applications are being accepted to fill the vacancy on the Winthrop Town Council left by the recent death of longtime council member Mort Banasky, but the position isn’t likely to be filled quickly. At their Sept. 3 meeting, council members agreed not to …