Today is Thursday, Jul. 30, 2015

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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...
Resources available for domestic violence victims

Resources available for domestic violence victims

Expanding upon Marshal Rikki Schwab’s February article about domestic violence, we at Room One would like anyone affected by this very important issue to know there are resources available to help. Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, involves more than just physical violence. Abuse is any behavior used with the intent to gain power...
Why I support Methow At Home

Why I support Methow At Home

“You are too young to think about aging!” Wrong. Probably like you, I have had to think about aging a lot. In fact, planning now for our later years is a good idea. As a 51-year-old steering committee member of Methow At Home, I would like to share with you the four reasons that I...
Answering some questions about school district levies

Answering some questions about school district levies

By Richard DeFaccio In a letter published March 4, I asked three questions regarding the Methow Valley School District’s proposed levies. On March 18 I had the opportunity to meet with members of the district administration and the co-chair of the Facilities Task Force. Those three questions as well as several additional issues were discussed....
Open government: take it personally

Open government: take it personally

By Brian J. Hunhoff Don’t take it personally? That’s usually good advice, but today we urge the opposite reaction to all government bodies operating in the shadows, purposely avoiding public scrutiny and genuine transparency. In other words, take closed government personally. Please! Take it personally when a reporter is kicked out of a city council...