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Community briefs: Jan. 20, 2015

Community briefs: Jan. 20, 2015

MV Elementary School hosts book fair Methow Valley Elementary School presents its annual Scholastic Book Fair on Jan. 25 – 28. Visit the school from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. to buy books from an affordable selection for every reading level. Proceeds will benefit school and classroom libraries. The event, “Feelin’ Groovy Book Fair: Peace-Love-Books,” is sponsored by the Public School...
Workshop will help with coping in today’s world

Workshop will help with coping in today’s world

A free workshop designed to help family members, friends and neighbors provide better emotional support to one another in times of stress and crisis is being presented later this month by the Omak/Okanogan Long Term Recovery Organization and the American Red Cross. Tenzin Denison, director of clinical services at Okanogan Behavioral Healthcare, will teach skills...
The gift of life: old friends are newly connected through fortuitous organ donation

The gift of life: old friends are newly connected through fortuitous organ donation

Methow Valley resident looks forward to ‘normal life’ By Laurelle Walsh Randy Thordarson is starting off the new year with a new kidney and a new lease on life. The Winthrop resident is recovering at his brother’s home in Lynnwood, Washington, after undergoing kidney transplant surgery at the University of Washington Medical Center on Dec....
Busy weekends at the Basecamp

Busy weekends at the Basecamp

North Cascades Basecamp launches its annual soup-and-something-interesting series on Thursday (Jan. 14) with a presentation by local biologist Kent Woodruff about the Methow Beaver Project. All of the Thursday night events begin with soup at 5:30 p.m. ($7 per person) followed by the program at 6 p.m. Coming up: • Jan.21: Celeste and Kip Roberts...
Community briefs: Jan. 13, 2015

Community briefs: Jan. 13, 2015

Forest planning explained Learn all about the North Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative’s efforts in a free public meeting at 6 p.m. next Wednesday (Jan. 20) at the Twisp Valley Grange. The group is providing pre-planning support to the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest for a potential project in the Libby and Buttermilk Creek sub-watersheds. For more...
Observers verify 66 species in annual bird count, including some rare sightings

Observers verify 66 species in annual bird count, including some rare sightings

On Dec. 20, 24 observers braved chilly and snowy weather to participate in Twisp’s 28th annual Christmas Bird Count The Christmas Bird Count, a 115-year-old tradition of counting birds during the holiday season, is an effort to track bird population trends throughout the Americas. This year, participants did their part and tallied 66 species within...
PUD completes broadband network

PUD completes broadband network

Over the past several years, roadsides around the county have sprouted large wooden spools wound with beefy black fiber-optic cables. The Okanogan County Public Utility District (PUD) has completed installing 200 miles of these cables on power poles to transmit high-speed Internet connections. The project, financed by the federal Stimulus Act five years ago, helped...
Community briefs: Dec. 16, 2015

Community briefs: Dec. 16, 2015

Celebrate with the Community Center The Methow Valley Community Center will host a free Christmas celebration at the tree sale tent in the Hank’s Harvest Foods parking lot on Saturday (Dec. 19) from noon – 3 p.m. to thank the community and volunteers for supporting the tree sales effort, which benefits the community center. Mrs. Claus will...
Mazama Store stages Christmas at the Very End ...

Mazama Store stages Christmas at the Very End …

Christmas at the Very End of the Road, the Mazama Store’s annual holiday celebration will be on Sunday (Dec. 20) from 3 – 6 p.m. The free event includes an array of the store’s pastries and other food items, latte samplers and a shopping bazaar featuring local artists and craftspersons. The celebration is always well-attended, so be...
Conservancy names annual award winners

Conservancy names annual award winners

The Methow Conservancy announced the recipients of its 2015 Methow Conservation Awards at an event last week. Classroom in Bloom is the winner of the Ken White Award — honoring those who carry on Ken White’s love for the Methow Valley — in recognition of the program’s commitment to inspiring young people to understand agriculture, ecology, and natural history...