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COMMUNITY NEWS

New preschool and new teachers at Community School

The Methow Valley Community School in Twisp is expanding its offerings beyond elementary school next year, with programs for preschoolers and the opportunity for home-schooled students to attend classes in subjects including reading, math, arts and outdoor learning. The school has hired Sabrina Freedman as the primary elementary teacher. Freedman has five years’ experience teaching...
County commissioners add third weekly meeting day

County commissioners add third weekly meeting day

The Okanogan County commissioners have added a third day of meetings each week. Their regular weekly meetings will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday starting at 9 a.m. in their hearing room in Okanogan. The commissioners may also hold special meetings at places other than their official hearing room to make it easier for...
News briefs: July 22, 2015

News briefs: July 22, 2015

Meeting on helicopter training plan A community meeting to discuss the U.S. Army’s proposal to train helicopter pilots in a large region that includes the Methow Valley will be held Friday (July 24) at Confluence Gallery in Twisp, from 7 – 9 p.m. The meeting was organized by concerned citizens and not by the Army or any other...
Winthrop’s RiverWalk project will be reviewed at meeting

Winthrop’s RiverWalk project will be reviewed at meeting

The Town of Winthrop will host a public meeting on Monday (July 27) to discuss progress on design of the RiverWalk project, which is intended to create a linked system of recreational trails along the Chewuch and Methow rivers that includes the Susie Stephens Trail. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Winthrop Barn....
The right tools to recover

The right tools to recover

The all-volunteer Carlton Complex Assistance Network (CCAN) works to provide material assistance to people who had losses due to last summer’s fires and floods that were not covered by insurance or eligible for government assistance. CCAN’s biggest efforts so far have been the distribution of tools and building materials to people rebuilding …
Memory Garden takes shape

Memory Garden takes shape

Each of the above bricks was purchased by an individual, family or community group in Phase 2 of the community center’s “buy-a-brick” project, which began last winter. “The bricks are not just memorials,” said project organizer Carolyn Sullivan. “You can buy a brick for a pet, a church group, a business, a family or a...
MethowReady offers disaster-preparedness training sessions

MethowReady offers disaster-preparedness training sessions

MethowReady, a disaster-preparedness project of the Methow Valley Long Term Recovery Organization, is offering two training sessions for neighborhood leaders who want to help their communities be ready for natural disasters. MethowReady will use as its platform the Map Your Neighborhood preparedness program that has been successful in other communities. It is designed to help...
Community briefs: July 15, 2015

Community briefs: July 15, 2015

Help The Cove communicate The Cove is asking for the community’s help in updating its database so it can more effectively communicate with local residents, especially via email. Call 997-0227 or email thecovecares@gmail.com if you are willing to share your email address. The Cove is also asking for your names and phone numbers. All information...
Smokejumper: A memoir on sale this week

Smokejumper: A memoir on sale this week

Jason Ramos, a 16-year veteran smokejumper based at the North Cascades Smokejumper Base (NCSB) in Winthrop, has just published a memoir about his career as a wildland firefighter. Smokejumper: A memoir by one of America’s most select airborne firefighters is an inside look at the 75-year legacy of the smokejumper program and the select group...
County to review applications for Twisp tow yard, Mazama development

County to review applications for Twisp tow yard, Mazama development

Development proposals in Mazama and Twisp are coming up for public hearings before the Okanogan County hearing examiner. The county is considering an application for a conditional-use permit from Classic Towing, which would allow the company to operate a towing operation, impound yard and repair shop 1 mile south of Twisp on Highway 20. The...