Today is Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

My Turn
Talking about suicide is first step in preventing it

Talking about suicide is first step in preventing it

By Adrianne Moore
In calm times, it is easy to stop talking about suicide. It can be a big, scary subject often full of personal connections and too many unknowns. To effectively prevent suicide in a rural community like ours …

Inside the fire station: a volunteer’s view

By John Owen Volunteer firefighting is a huge commitment that takes many of us away from our families to help our community. These volunteers are committed to providing professional emergency response services for our community, and keeping our fellow volunteers safe during calls. This becomes difficult when we have to work in an unsafe operating...

Serving the Methow Valley

By Brad Hawkins It is truly an honor to represent the 12th District in Olympia. It is one of the largest geographic districts in the state. Its boundaries include Chelan County, Douglas County and portions of Grant and Okanogan counties. Approximately half of Okanogan County, including the entire Methow Valley, resides in District 12, which...

Mindfulness is a good way to help kids grow and cope

By Sharon Cohen A good deal of controversy has surrounded the introduction of the Mindful Schools curriculum in Methow Valley schools. This is understandable since many are not familiar with mindfulness and associate it with religion or a particular philosophy of life. Actually, it is neither. Mindfulness is about paying attention — no doctrine or belief is...

Thanks to volunteers, tire recycling rolled smoothly

By Susan Ernsdorff Methow Recycles recently hosted a “Tire Amnesty” day, where local residents could drop off unwanted tires for no charge. We thought you’d like to know a little more about this. The day was part of a countywide series, paid for by a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology to the...

Memories of JFK assassination still run deep

By Mike Maltais With most of the world’s media acknowledging the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, on Nov. 22, 1963, it’s all but impossible to avoid revisiting one’s personal recollection of that tragic day. It would be difficult to find anyone who was then old...

My turn: Wilderness from the middle

By Brendan Buzzard Culture wars. That’s what I have heard them called before, and every season a different battle seems to erupt: snowmobilers vs. backcountry skiers, hikers vs. mountain bikers, worm fishermen vs. fly fishermen, rock climbers vs. falcon watchers, cattle grazers vs. cattle haters. Yes, the lines are stark. Look at them, lined up...

Sam Lucy

I-522 is about transparency and right to choose By Sam Lucy As “First Tuesday” nears, I’d like to simplify Initiative 522, the labeling initiative for genetically engineered food ingredients. I-522 is about freedom, transparency and the right for consumers to know what exactly is in their packaged food. Although all other ingredients must be listed...

Michael Rothgeb

Yes on I-522 empowers us against major corporations   By Michael Rothgeb We may not get many opportunities in life to actually make a major corporation or group of elite mega-corporations do what’s truly right for the people. We may not get many more real opportunities to retain a right of the people as important...

Tom Venable

Community can help assess school system’s needs   By Tom Venable Dear Methow Valley students, families and community members: As the colors of autumn unfold and we settle into the new school year, I hope my letter finds you well. During the past three months, I’ve had the good fortune to meet with many of...