Today is Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

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Winthrop R&B Festival supports the Methow Valley in many ways

Winthrop R&B Festival supports the Methow Valley in many ways

Submitted by the Winthrop Music Association board of directors For the Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival, as for everyone in the valley, the fires have been a test of our commitment to this community and place. With fire raging east of us, and prevailing southeasterly winds pushing smoke and flames away from the Blues Ranch, the festival...
A memorable visit to the Methow Valley

A memorable visit to the Methow Valley

By Otto Brask My Aunt Marie Cockrell lived in a little house across the road from the Chewack River Ranch, a few miles north of Winthrop. She had this place for free while working as a housekeeper and companion to Mrs. Wagner, whom she had known in Okanogan. There, in the summer of 1954, I...
Why your friendly police officer may seem unfriendly

Why your friendly police officer may seem unfriendly

By Paul Budrow Why do police officers sometimes seem arrogant? Because their priorities are different than yours. In most instances, you enter an interaction giving the other person the assumption of goodwill. When you meet someone for the first time you don’t harbor an inherent suspicion about the motives of that person, and your interactions...
Lessons from litter on Earth Day

Lessons from litter on Earth Day

By Kyla Colon and Kavi Mitchell For Earth Day, Methow Recycles and WasteWise organized a litter pick-up. Ninety-five community members plus Liberty Bell High School science students cleaned up over 60 miles of roadside plus the school grounds. We participated by weighing, sorting and analyzing the litter that was found along roadsides and on trails...
The view from Afghanistan, and beyond

The view from Afghanistan, and beyond

By Dana Visalli
I’ve been teaching at a private school for girls in Kabul, Afghanistan, for the past month (March 2014) — my fourth trip to this country in the last five years — and one thing I’m learning is that
Rec district is best option for meeting community’s need

Rec district is best option for meeting community’s need

By Julie Muyllaert
Imagine: the people of the Methow Valley partnering together to improve recreation for our children, adults, seniors and visitors — now and for generations to come. On April 22 voters can choose …
A Methow Valley Recreation District is unnecessary

A Methow Valley Recreation District is unnecessary

By Ron Perrow
I appreciate the motivation to organize recreation, and I acknowledge and support the concept of recreation as a major player in our Methow Valley economy. However, the proposal to control recreation under RCW 35.61 …
Methow Olympians make valley residents proud

Methow Olympians make valley residents proud

By Brad Hawkins
The Methow Valley abounds with recreational opportunities. Your trails cover many miles and are accompanied by the tranquility of aspen woods and …
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...