Today is Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

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Many hands pitched in to keep  Walking D Ranch from burning

Many hands pitched in to keep Walking D Ranch from burning

By Judy McBride In the latest issue of the Methow Valley News, there were many stories of the fires that surrounded us this past week. I am writing to let you all know the details concerning the fire that encroached upon our home and the town of Twisp the night of Aug. 19. The fire...
Our scenic highway corridor’s future: goats, climbers and more

Our scenic highway corridor’s future: goats, climbers and more

By Eric Burr Have you noticed all the cars lately, parallel-parked along Highway 20 below Liberty Bell and Blue Lake; or while hiking to Blue Lake, seen the warnings about mountain goats? When I was a ranger during the more generous budget years of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, we were able to patrol such...
WDFW has ceded control of fish recovery in the valley

WDFW has ceded control of fish recovery in the valley

By Gina McCoy The agency entrusted to protect the state’s wildlife, lands and waters is abdicating its responsibilities in the Methow Valley. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has ceded control of its floodplain lands in the Methow Valley to fish recovery groups.  Why is this bad? Because some of the salmon recovery...
Food vs. fire: helping out our local stores and restaurants

Food vs. fire: helping out our local stores and restaurants

By Cece Odell Vicious flames and thick smoke enveloped the Methow Valley in the summer of 2014, causing the loss of over 300 homes. A huge wildfire was started after dry lightning lit the already dry grasses that cover most of eastern Washington. After the first fire started, many others followed along with a major...
Preparedness is a community-wide project

Preparedness is a community-wide project

By Cindy Button Today as I step outside into the heat and smoke, I am taken back to July 16, 2014, when the Cougar Flats and Stokes Road fires gained momentum and roared into the record books as the largest wildfire in Washington state’s history. With fire season fully underway, many of us are asking ourselves...
Together, we’re stronger than fire

Together, we’re stronger than fire

By Leslee Goodman As the development and communication coordinator for the Carlton Complex Long Term Recovery Group (CCLTRG), I’ve had the honor of witnessing our community come together in remarkable ways to survive, recover and rebuild from the largest wildfire in Washington state history. As we approach the one-year anniversary of the fires and floods,...
Human trafficking is a worldwide plague on humanity

Human trafficking is a worldwide plague on humanity

By Sharme Johnson Human trafficking is a worldwide epidemic that has been happening for a long time. Human trafficking is slavery, and more than likely it’s happening around you now. It occurs on every continent and in every country and state. Many people don’t realize how much of a problem it has become, and is...
Some thoughts about school reform

Some thoughts about school reform

By David Asia Contentious community talk is how we know spring has finally come to the Methow (it used to be that and the Pinestump). This year, the issues that have lit up the bulletin board and letters to the editor have to do with education — which can be a good thing. We have been asked...
The facts about the county’s Shoreline Master Program

The facts about the county’s Shoreline Master Program

By Phil Millam While it is tempting to simply ignore Randy Moore’s recent letter (“A stupid law,” April 15), we feel it is necessary to reply because errors and misstatements, left uncorrected, may tend to be believed.  Randy is accurate only in stating the Methow Valley Citizens’ Council  (MVCC) has appealed Okanogan County decisions multiple...
Funds raised, now work begins on ice rink improvements

Funds raised, now work begins on ice rink improvements

By Marc Robertson First, I would like to thank the community and all of our great supporters from near and far who have risen to the call and given generously to help us meet our fundraising goal. The Winthrop Ice & Sports Rink board asked you to help match the state grant we received and...