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Discussions with parents about child care needs

Discussions with parents about child care needs

The local group studying needs and resources for child care and early childhood education is holding focus groups for parents and primary caregivers of children from birth to age 10. The focus groups are informal discussions to understand child care and early childhood education successes, challenges needs and gaps in the Methow Valley. The discussions...
Lock your homes, vehicles

Lock your homes, vehicles

By Rikki Schwab

Winthrop Town Marshal

As human beings we often fight change. This is because we get into routines that are familiar and comfortable. As our bodies adjust we continue moving forward in this stage of comfort that when disrupted can cause us stress.

England and Ireland travelogue offered

England and Ireland travelogue offered

Historian and teacher Bill Hottell and photographer Dennis Kirkland have teamed up to produce a travelogue of the local history group’s 2013 trip to England and Scotland, which they will present at The Merc Playhouse next Wednesday (Oct. 15) at 7 p.m. Hottell was trip leader on the three-week adventure, which took 25 people to...
Help for farmers and ranchers

Help for farmers and ranchers

There are several opportunities for farmers and ranchers affected by the wildfires to get assistance with infrastructure, seeding and tree planting, and livestock forage. Soil conservation The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications from agricultural producers to help with resource concerns for the Wildfire Initiative of the Environmental Quality...
Fire recovery: a roundup of information, resources

Fire recovery: a roundup of information, resources

Long-term recovery open house Methow Valley Long Term Recovery (MVLTR) is holding an open house on Oct. 16 to explain the recovery process and goals and to get input from the community. “This is a grassroots movement and we want everyone who wants to be involved to understand the process,” said Adrianne Moore, an MVLTR...
Community briefs: October 8, 2014

Community briefs: October 8, 2014

This week: Bid on soup bowls until October 23 and Rally on ‘the coast’ on October 27.
County commissioners seek input on response

County commissioners seek input on response

The Okanogan County commissioners are holding a public meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 22, to gather information regarding the management of the Carlton Complex Fire. The objective of the meeting is to gather information from citizens who experienced the fire firsthand, according to a legal notice issued by the county. People will be allotted time to...
Commissioners’ land-use changes clarify process, raise concerns

Commissioners’ land-use changes clarify process, raise concerns

By Marcy Stamper

The ordinances adopted last week by the Okanogan County commissioners clarify the role of the hearing examiner and the planning commission, separating the types of land-use proposals and projects each would hear. In general, the hearing commissioner, who is under contract …

State seeks trail ideas

State seeks trail ideas

The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is developing a new policy for recreational trails for non-motorized and motorized activities including hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and motorcycle and ATV riding. The agency is currently gathering input from the public about what they’d like to see in the state’s recreational trails, which will supplement staff...
Twisp seeks applicants for town council vacancy

Twisp seeks applicants for town council vacancy

The Town of Twisp is accepting applications from residents who are interested in filling a vacancy on the Twisp Town Council. Residents may submit a letter of interest or fill out an application, available on the town website. The council will appoint a new council member to fill the remainder of Clint Estes’ term, which...