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Open house about supportive services for county veterans

Open house about supportive services for county veterans

New resources to help veterans with housing and to provide other supportive services are now available in Okanogan County. The new program is made possible by funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs for Okanogan County Community Action Council and HopeSource. The Supportive Services for Veteran Families program works to prevent veterans and their families...
Turning the page at the Twisp library

Turning the page at the Twisp library

By Marcy Stamper
“I have always been a reader — since I was a girl — and I always got my books in the library. I love books and being around people who love books,” said Dawn Woodruff, Twisp’s first new librarian in more than three decades. Woodruff spent her first …
Funds to help farmers and businesses with fire, flood and drought losses

Funds to help farmers and businesses with fire, flood and drought losses

By Marcy Stamper
The federal government has several programs available for farmers and businesses with losses connected with the Carlton Complex Fire, subsequent floods and mudslides, and the overall drought that affected many counties in Washington.
Community briefs: Dec. 31, 2014

Community briefs: Dec. 31, 2014

Soup dinner series starts at Basecamp The North Cascades Basecamp near Mazama begins its annual winter series of soup dinners and nature-related presentations on Jan. 8. Cost is $5. Soup is served at 5:30 p.m. and programs begin at 6 p.m. For more information, call 996-2334 or visit northcascadesbasecamp.com. The programs are: • Jan. 8,...
Community briefs: Dec. 24, 2014

Community briefs: Dec. 24, 2014

Christmas tree recycling It’s not too early to think about what to do with your Christmas tree. Yakama Nation Fisheries will take it off your hands and recycle it, for free, on two days in January. On Jan. 3, drop trees off at 2 Johnson Lane in Winthrop from 10 a.m. – noon, and at 1230 Methow...
Make sure your kids make smart decisions about drinking

Make sure your kids make smart decisions about drinking

By Rikki Schwab, Winthrop Town Marshal
They say to drink and be merry — after all, it is the holidays. However, drinking can lead to mistakes. The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility reports that in 2012, in the state of Washington there were 146 fatalities involving alcohol — of those, 16 were under age 21.
Fine tuning

Fine tuning

Recycle metal fire debris

Methow Recycles, Cascade Concrete and local volunteers are teaming up to help people clean up and recycle metal debris from the Carlton Complex Fire. Organizers of the program can help make arrangements for collecting and recycling roofing, appliances, farm equipment or vehicles. Proceeds from the metal go to the homeowner or to Methow Recycles to...
Community briefs: Dec. 17, 2014

Community briefs: Dec. 17, 2014

This week: Native plant sale offers opportunity to donate to fire victims, Moskowitz presentation in Tonasket, Foundation grant applications available, Donate used cell phones and Free Christmas dinner at senior center
Extra day of school in February will make up for day lost to snow

Extra day of school in February will make up for day lost to snow

The Methow Valley School District has added a half-day of school on Friday, Feb. 13, to make-up for the snow day declared the day before Thanksgiving because of heavy snowfall, power outages and downed trees. Feb. 13 will be an early-release day. Since Feb. 13 was initially scheduled as the first day of mid-winter break,...