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News briefs: Oct. 14, 2015

News briefs: Oct. 14, 2015

Preschool offered at Methow Mentoring Methow Mentoring & Childcare is offering an additional half-day preschool class for children 3 – 1/2 to 6 years old. The class will be taught by Sue Gottula, a teacher and reading specialist with preschool teaching experience. The program will offer a special rate of $5 per day for the first week....
Fifth-graders write get-well letters to buoy firefighter Daniel Lyon

Fifth-graders write get-well letters to buoy firefighter Daniel Lyon

It’s hard for anyone to imagine the pain and long recovery firefighter Daniel Lyon is facing. But the fifth-graders at Methow Valley Elementary School took on that challenge with sensitivity and compassion by writing letters to Lyon, who is being treated at Harborview Medical Center for severe burns he sustained in the Twisp River Fire this...
Community briefs: October 7, 2015

Community briefs: October 7, 2015

Tour the rink on Thursday The public is invited to join a tour of the Winthrop Ice & Sports Rink on Thursday (Oct. 8) at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call (509) 429‑0234. Book reading at Winthrop library The Winthrop Library will host a discussion of the book The Mockingbird Next Door by Marja Mills on...
County commissioners to review plan for five-member health board

County commissioners to review plan for five-member health board

By Marcy Stamper After considering the composition of the county’s Board of Health, which has had two vacancies for several months, the Okanogan County commissioners are proposing a smaller board with five members — the three commissioners, a mayor or city council member, and a representative from the medical or environmental health community. The current board charter,...
Bull trout habitat improvement project on Goat Creek will also help other fish

Bull trout habitat improvement project on Goat Creek will also help other fish

A project to improve critically designated habitat for bull trout in Goat Creek is underway and is expected to be completed by the end of October. Work will occur on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest below the Goat Creek culvert referred to as “Vanderpool Crossing,” between river miles 6.7 and 7.6. The work is intended to...
Community briefs: Sept. 30, 2015

Community briefs: Sept. 30, 2015

Neighborhood leader training for disaster preparedness MethowReady, a project of the Methow Valley Long Term Recovery Organization, is offering two more sessions of neighborhood leader preparedness training for dealing with natural disasters, on Oct. 14 and Oct. 27. The free training sessions will be from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Aero Methow Rescue Service in Twisp. Pizza...
Student briefs

Student briefs

Wenatchee Valley College has announced graduates and certifications for the 2014-15 year. Local students are: • Associate of arts and sciences degree, Garrett Dornfeld, Twisp; Tabitha Bergevin-Krumme, Winthrop. • Associate of applied science-transfer degree in nursing, Madeline Hajek, Winthrop. • Associate technical science degree in accounting, Danny Yanarella, Twisp; Laurie Miller, Winthrop. • Medical assistant...
Community News briefs

Community News briefs

Fire action comments sought The Okanogan County commissioners are hosting a public meeting on Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. to hear comments about firefighting actions during the recent fires. The meeting will be held at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds Agri-Plex Annex. For more information, call (509) 422‑7206. Pumpkin Fest is back Gary and Patty Walker...
USFS lowers fire precaution levels for woodcutters

USFS lowers fire precaution levels for woodcutters

Due to recent weather changes and cooler nighttime temperatures, Industrial Fire Precaution Levels (IFPL), which govern woodcutting and other industrial activities in the national forest, have been lowered, allowing family woodcutters to cut firewood in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, the U.S. Forest Service said in a press release. These changes were effective Thursday (Sept. 17):...
Bird conservation and birding in South America

Bird conservation and birding in South America

Lucila Castro, an Argentine conservation biologist and bird expert, and Peter Morrison of the Pacific Biodiversity Institute (PBI) in Winthrop will talk about the birds of South America, which has some of the most important bird conservation opportunities in the world, and discuss birding hotspots at the Twisp River Pub on Tuesday (Sept. 29). The...