Top choice for smokejumper base
For nearly 80 years, firefighters have utilized the North Cascades Smokejumper Base to serve eastern Washington and beyond. For the past several years, the U.S. Forest Service has been reviewing existing facilities issues including the “obstacle-free zone” and current safety standards. This summer, a dedicated group of engineering and smokejumper professionals completed a required Preliminary Project Analysis ahead of much needed, substantial facilities changes.
The analysis explored a broad range of options at locations in Yakima, Wenatchee and Winthrop. The group analyzed and evaluated several factors including economic impacts, fire occurrence, cost and more. I am pleased to share, all factors considered, the existing base location in Winthrop is the top recommended alternative largely attributed to the significant economic impact of moving jobs from the smaller communities of Winthrop and Twisp. Wenatchee is a close second and could also provide effective wildfire support coverage to Eastern Washington. The Yakima location is a distant third and will not be considered further.
Our engineering, facilities, and budget staff will continue to work through construction options and related funding needs outlined in the Analysis. We will continue to share information with our communities and stakeholders as work progresses on this issue.
Thank you for your interest in and commitment to U.S. Forest Service wildland fire programs.
Mike Williams, Forest Supervisor, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
We did it! The remodel of the Wagner Memorial Pool in Twisp is paid off thanks to all the wonderful people who understand how important the pool is to our valley. Friends of the Pool thanks every single person, organization and family for the contributions that paid for the pool remodeling. Hopefully we will get 10-plus years of pool time and in that time we can work towards a new pool, new recreation center, indoor pool — whatever dreams we have can come true.
The Killer Whales swim team with their terrific leadership did it again. Number one! Water aerobics is going strong 7 – 8 a.m. five days and week. Lap swimmers are cutting through the water. The kids are having a great time.
We are all the friends of the pool for caring enough to make this all possible. It was with great pleasure we wrote the payoff check for the pool. Hurray for all of us, and a big thank you!
Patty Yates And Carol Gaston, Friends of the Pool
Ready to help
Next month, on Sunday, Sept. 17, several Twisp churches will come together to serve the community. We have many teams of volunteers that will be available for free to members of the community who may need some help with various work projects.
We are not professional contractors, just volunteers who want to be good neighbors and do our best to help people who need some strong hands to serve. Have a fence that needs to be painted, of a roof that’s got a leak? We can do that! Need something heavy moved out, or a junk car hauled off? We can do that! Just need some help with yard work to do the basic maintenance that you are no longer able to do? We can do that!
No donations will be accepted, no fees will be charged. This is just our offer to serve the people of this great community, and to “give back” a little to those who have helped us so many times along the way.
In order to sign up, please call 997-8312 or 997-5428 and leave a voice message. We can’t promise that we will get to every request, but we will do as many as we are physically able to do. God bless.
The Methow Valley Ministerial Alliance
No safe place
Many in my grandparents’ circle experienced Nazi Germany or lost relatives in concentration camps. They told us that Jews would never really be safe, even in America. Growing up white, Jewish and middle-class in New York City, I couldn’t believe that — until the recent violence in Charlottesville.
Sixteen million Americans, my father among them, fought in the war against Nazi Germany. The Nazis were the worst enemy the United States had ever faced. Enlisting to fight to protect Europe and America was considered a most patriotic act.
Now in America there are people dressing up as Nazis. They shout Nazi slogans and even call themselves “patriots.” I call them traitors, to our past, to our veterans who died in World War II, and to everything America says it stands for.
The existence of extreme right-wing, racist, and neo-Nazi groups is not new. But two recent events feel different. The first occurred in Charlottesville. This was actually just before the truck attack on peaceful demonstrators that made the biggest headlines. It was what happened around a synagogue that really touched me personally.
Hundreds of people kept marching by a synagogue, screaming Nazi and anti-Semitic slogans. Neo-Nazi websites called for burning of that synagogue. And then heavily armed neo-Nazis paraded past the synagogue while people were inside attending religious services.
What was shocking to me was the refusal of the Charlottesville police department to provide any protection at all to the synagogue. This police response was probably no surprise to African-Americans, who have seen many of their churches burned. But it was new to me.
The second different event was when the president of the United States made it clear by his reaction and statements that he condones violence and terrorism when carried out by right-wing extremists or neo-Nazis. This should frighten all of us.
In retrospect, my grandparents were right, though they probably would not have framed it this way. In a country where African-Americans are not safe and often not protected by the police, Jews aren’t safe either. In fact, no one is safe.
Randy Brook, Twisp