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COMMUNITY NEWS

State, federal, county burn bans lifted as weather moderates

County, state and federal officials have lifted burn bans because of higher humidity and cooler nighttime temperatures. The Okanogan County commissioners lifted the county ban on outdoor burning on Monday (Sept. 29). The commissioners noted that the fire chief and fire advisory board support the decision. The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) rescinded the...
Community briefs: Oct. 1, 2014

Community briefs: Oct. 1, 2014

New meeting location for Unitarians The Methow Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship has a new meeting location — at the Methow Valley Community Center gym in Twisp. The group meets the first and third Sundays of every month at 10 a.m. Meetings include a speaker and the opportunity for discussion. This year’s speaker theme is “Different Paths to...
Having a field day

Having a field day

G A L L E R Y On Saturday (Oct. 27),  Hunter Safety instructors took over 20 students to the gun range near Pearrygin Lake to practice the skills they’ve been learning over the past week and test their practical skills.
Cider squeeze

Cider squeeze

G A L L E R Y To view full-sized photos , click on any square thumbnail image. Photos by Laurelle Walsh
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