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Room One reports on fire-recovery money

Room One reports on fire-recovery money

By Marcy Stamper
Room One has received almost $204,000 in donations to its fire-recovery fund since last summer and has set aside more than half to fill unmet needs of survivors. As of Jan. 1, Room One had spent almost $33,000 …
New owners, new name give Alderbrook Inn a fresh start

New owners, new name give Alderbrook Inn a fresh start

By Laurelle Walsh
Frequent travelers along Highway 20 through Winthrop might have noticed a new sign — Alderbrook Inn — on the south end of town in front of what was formerly Cascade Inn. The 25-year-old lodging establishment was purchased last summer by …
Two county sites quarantined to contain avian flu; some birds are euthanized

Two county sites quarantined to contain avian flu; some birds are euthanized

By Marcy Stamper
More than 5,000 birds — mostly game birds, plus a small flock of chickens and ducks — were euthanized last week to keep avian influenza from spreading to birds beyond two areas in central and northern Okanogan County. The two areas — one in Riverside, where 5,000 birds…
Environmental groups appeal ATV road access to next level

Environmental groups appeal ATV road access to next level

By Marcy Stamper
Claiming that the Okanogan County commissioners did not consider the environmental impacts of illegal ATV riding nor the safety issues that could arise when ATVs share roads with other vehicles, two environmental organizations have appealed the matter to the …
Chapter 1: Issues with communication

Chapter 1: Issues with communication

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia affecting older people. Much has been written about Alzheimer’s, and much of it is available on the Internet. This series is not intended to provide clinical expertise on the disease, rather a personal perspective from the patient’s point of view.
Students at ILC learn through ‘joy projects’

Students at ILC learn through ‘joy projects’

By Marcy Stamper
“They don’t have to talk about manipulating multi-variable equations in algebra — that might not be that exciting to them,” said Kim Odell, an instructor at the Independent Learning Center (ILC) in Twisp, where students have just finished presentations about their first semester.
A better bear trap

A better bear trap

New device will help WDFW deal with ‘problem’ animals By Ann McCreary The contraption consists of a big metal culvert pipe, 7 feet long and 4 feet in diameter, with a solid metal door on one end and metal mesh on the other, mounted on a low trailer. It’s a new bear trap, and for...

Community briefs: Feb. 11, 2015

Scholarship fundraiser at Eagles The scholarship committee of the Eagles Aerie in Twisp is hosting a Valentine’s Day Dinner on Saturday (Feb. 14) from 5 – 7 p.m.  Cost is $10 per plate. Non-members are welcome. For more information, call 996-3443. Online auction benefits Conservancy An online auction that will raise funds to support the Methow Conservancy...
Latest wolverine capture adds to insights about behavior

Latest wolverine capture adds to insights about behavior

By Ann McCreary
A healthy male wolverine was captured and fitted with a radio collar last week, the first wolverine to be captured this winter as part of an ongoing study of the elusive mammals in the North Cascades. The 30-pound wolverine was …
Aero Methow works at state level to improve health care

Aero Methow works at state level to improve health care

By Laurelle Walsh
Aero Methow Rescue Service does it. Paramedics in the Seattle area do it. And emergency medical service (EMS) professionals across the United States do it all the time. They respond to a 911 call only to discover …