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District 6 will ask for bids on new fire hall

District 6 will ask for bids on new fire hall

By Ann McCreary
Okanogan County Fire District 6 commissioners, on a divided vote, decided Monday (Dec. 8) to proceed with preparing a bid package for construction of a proposed new fire station for the district. At their regular meeting, the District 6 commissioners also accepted an …
Waiting for a donor

Waiting for a donor

By Laurelle Walsh
Friends and family of Randy Thordarson filled the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood on Nov. 28 for a dance party to benefit the Winthrop resident, who suffers from end-stage renal disease. Thordarson is currently on home dialysis and is on …
Researchers describe a ‘crisis’ in child care, early-childhood education options

Researchers describe a ‘crisis’ in child care, early-childhood education options

By Marcy Stamper
“There is a crisis dramatically affecting the valley.” That’s the stark conclusion drawn from the comments of about 225 parents, child care providers and employers by researchers investigating local needs for child care and early-childhood education. The results are from the Early Childhood …
Blue Christmas offers solace

Blue Christmas offers solace

Merriest season may also invoke grief, sadness, depression By Laurelle Walsh In the past year, you or someone you know has experienced separation and loss: children have left home; parents have passed away; marriages have dissolved and houses have burned down. Many carry around the weight of sorrow and pain every day. And while society...
Residents push back on District 6 fire hall plans

Residents push back on District 6 fire hall plans

By Ann McCreary
Valley residents had appreciation, criticism and lots of questions for Okanogan County Fire District 6 commissioners at a district meeting on Nov. 24. About 20 people who showed up at the meeting came mainly to discuss the district’s plan to move ahead with construction of a new fire station after...
Some fire survivors’ ‘unmet needs’ getting filled

Some fire survivors’ ‘unmet needs’ getting filled

By Marcy Stamper
A dozen people who suffered losses connected with the summer fires not covered by other programs have received money from a fire-relief fund designated for just these kinds of “unmet needs.” Participating funders have covered expenses and supplies that can help people get back on their feet or ready for work...
Class-size and gun background-check initiatives become law this week

Class-size and gun background-check initiatives become law this week

By Marcy Stamper

Washington is expected to have two new laws — reducing class sizes in grades K-12, and requiring background checks for private gun transfers — when the general election results are certified on Thursday (Dec. 4).

Blue-green algae causes fish die-off at Pearrygin Lake

Blue-green algae causes fish die-off at Pearrygin Lake

By Laurelle Walsh
An algae bloom in Pearrygin Lake has killed fish and prompted the state park to post signs warning visitors of possible health hazards. A number of dead fish were noticed near the shoreline around the Pearrygin Creek outflow on Nov. 20, according to Pearrygin Lake State Park Manager Rick Lewis. A...
Life-saving AEDs will be on loan for public events

Life-saving AEDs will be on loan for public events

By Laurelle Walsh

Starting Jan. 1, organizations that host events in the Methow Valley will be able to borrow an Automated External Defibrillator — or AED — to have on site during events. Aero Methow Rescue Service received a $3,500 grant from the North Central Emergency Care Council for two new AEDs that will be dedicated to...

Methow Recycles considers offering building materials for reuse

Methow Recycles considers offering building materials for reuse

Interested in reusing building materials? Methow Recycles wants to know. Methow Recycles is soliciting opinions on the potential for a service that would allow people to reuse building materials. The service would allow people to donate reusable building materials to a reuse center, where the materials would be sold at a low price. Materials could...