Thanks for the help
A special thanks to goes out to Aaron Studen and his staff at Twisp River Pub. On March 10, they cooked and served a dinner organized by myself, benefiting Trusting Spirit Horse Rescue in Orondo and Susan Davis’ barn project.
Betty Wagoner, Twisp
Too much glass
In the Methow Home special publication of the Methow Valley News, all of those energy-wasting houses made out of huge glass windows were disappointing, sad, even embarrassing. Pages and pages of pictures of full-wall windows, reaching skyward, without protection, radiating out wasted energy, described as the love of nature, love of the Methow Valley and its natural beauty.
What about the thoughtless resource waste that is degrading beauty and function across the face of the Earth? What about respect and responsibility for the world we live in, that we are blessed with, that we depend upon? What about stepping back and taking a look at the outcome of choices?
A challenge goes out to big glass homeowners, designers and builders to look toward another way, to look toward beauty that fully includes resource conservation.
Susan Crampton, Winthrop/Twisp
It’s time for the county commissioners to stop wasting their and staff time and our tax money. They should be looking for practical solutions to real problems
Last year it was a lengthy resolution to get the federal government to turn over all public lands to the states and counties. They included references to bogus history and imaginary Supreme Court decisions, or perhaps to real decisions that actually had the opposite rulings to those claimed.
Regardless of whether you think such a turnover is a good or bad idea, it has been turned down repeatedly by the courts. The commissioners might as well have declared the earth to be flat. It would have had equal effect, i.e., zero.
This year’s wasted effort and missed opportunity to deal with reality is the comprehensive plan. The commissioners don’t seem to have a clue that wildfires are certain to play a significant role in our county’s future. We have to deal with it in any planning. Unfortunately, the commissioners just want to ignore this. They will certainly be sued for this and other defects in the plan that could have been avoided.
We taxpayers will pay for those failures, both from legal costs and delays in planning now for the fire risks.
Randy Brook, Twisp
Thanks from Carlos1800
On behalf of Carlos1800 Mexican Restaurants, I want to thank all of the Methow Valley community for your support during our recent early-morning kitchen incident involving a release of carbon monoxide. The source of the leak has been found and fixed. Most importantly, we are very grateful that all of our impacted employees have fully recovered. I also want to offer a special thank you to Aero Methow Rescue Service and their medical staff, who transported my daughter, Karla, and four other employees to safety. We are grateful to be living in such a wonderful community filled with people ready to help when things go wrong. Aero Methow, you are the best!
We are continuing to cooperate with all governmental agencies in their review of this incident. We will re-open the restaurant after all necessary inspections are done and repairs completed, including a new carbon monoxide alarm system. We hope to be open by April 6, and at that time we look forward to welcoming back the Methow community and our employees just in time for the upcoming spring tourism season.
Carlos J. Perez, Owner, Carlos1800 Mexican Grill & Cantina, Winthrop
Kudos to Kiwanis
What an incredible evening at the Bite of the Methow! Our Kiwanis Club deserves the biggest thank you in the world for all they do for the kids in the valley. Saturday night was no exception. This year the Kiwanis “Fund a Dream” program selected the Wagner Memorial Pool in Twisp as the recipient. We need to resurface the pool to extend its life. Our community came out in force and a wonderful evening was had by all. And as I said, the Kiwanis members are incredible.
As we approach our 50th year of the Wagner Memorial Pool, stay tuned for fundraising efforts by Friends Of the Pool to keep the pool open. More information will follow soon.
Again, thank you to our wonderful Kiwanians for all they do for the kids in the valley. And thank you to the Killer Whale Swim team and supporters who showed up for the Bite, making the evening more meaningful.
Winthrop Kiwanis rocks!
Patty Yates, Twisp
Help the schools
We’d like to extend our appreciation to community members who shared their feedback with the school district’s Facilities Task Force.
This past week, the Methow Valley School Board officially passed resolutions for two levies to be placed on the April 28 ballot:
• A transportation/vehicle fund levy to purchase six new buses over the next few years. Since our buses average 10 years old and travel many of the longest routes in the state, this is a prudent investment in a safe and reliable bus fleet without further drain on the district’s general operating fund
• A capital improvements levy for essential updates and maintenance repairs to the elementary school, junior/senior high school, and the Independent Learning Center and bus barn. After hearing public comment that the total cost to taxpayers on fixed incomes would be too significant, the school board ultimately chose to extend the period of the capital improvements levy from four to six years, reducing the annual cost to taxpayers.
From the creation of a diverse Facilities Task Force last spring to the ongoing consideration of community members’ questions and concerns, we believe the district has been responsible and transparent in including a community voice in these ballot measures. Certainly, asking taxpayers to raise tax rates is a serious task not to be taken lightly. We believe both of these levies represent critical improvements necessary for student safety and learning and we are grateful that the district took the time to explore them so carefully.
Sarah and Erik Brooks, Winthrop