Thanks from Ski for Women
The Seventh Annual Methow Valley Ski for Women was held on Feb. 2. The theme of “Storybook Characters” was well represented. Characters from Little Miss Shy, Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, Little Orphan Annie, Where the Wild Things Are, Mr. Popper’s Penguins and others enjoyed the wonderful day.
Because of everyone who donated to the Ski for Women, we were able to deliver over $2,200 to Room One. Your generosity continues to amaze us.
Thanks to Methow Trails, the Mazama Community Club, Kevin van Bueren at Methow Valley Ski School and Rentals, the Methow Valley News, Don Ashford at KTRT and Room One for their continued to support.
We are grateful that the Freestone Inn and Marvin Sutton continue to provide the hot drinks and the free chili lunch to the participants and volunteers after the event. Thank you!
We thank Kurt Snover and Pat Leigh for the great photography. Photos of the event can be found on our new website; http://methowvalleyskiforwomen.org. A special thanks to Nick Rice and Alida Hammond for getting the site up and running.
We greatly appreciate all the volunteers who helped with cookies and running the events.
Please “Save the Date” for next year’s Methow Valley Ski for Women on Feb. 7, 2021, and come join the fun. We look forward to seeing the creative costumes for the theme of “Plant Kingdom.”
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like information sent to you about future Methow Valley Ski for Women ski events.
The Methow Valley Ski for Women Planning Committee: Jacquie Luke, Jackie Hovis, Ken Rice, Midge Cross, Dee Christensen
More than just a building
I am a volunteer firefighter in Mazama. I joined seven years ago not knowing anything about fighting fire other than the common sense one acquires living life. Since joining, I have learned a lot thanks to the many great people in Fire District 6. I had no idea how much I’d learn or how much training I would need to stay safe and be effective. Training is something we do at a minimum once a week. Most weeks, the four district stations come together to train. It’s a big deal.
Next month a ballot will be mailed to most people in the valley. It asks if we should come together to build a new District 6 Fire Station. The new station will replace the existing station in Winthrop and fix its many inadequacies. Inadequacies that many translate into serious safety issues. In many ways, the new station will become home to all of us volunteer firefighters. You see, presently we have nowhere to effectively train as a group. From standing room only in our overheated conference room, to insufficient parking, to lacking the building attributes required for us to prepare for a real structure fire in the valley.
The new station planned will not only solve these many problems. It will help us be more efficient. It will allow us to expand on the service we provide and, with it, attract new volunteers. Did I mention we are in real need of more volunteers?
When filling out your ballot please keep your volunteer firefighters in mind. This is not just about a new building. It’s much, much more.
Dave Crosby, Mazama
How about roadblocks?
OK, this is a totally different approach to preventing the spread of the coronavirus in the valley. With the Governor now closing all K –12 schools statewide and as of this writing we do not have an active case in the valley, my idea would be to isolate the valley from outside sources of possible contamination and infecting the valley.
Simply, with currently only two ways into the valley, set up roadblocks on Highway 153 at the turnaround and at the summit on Highway 20 on Loup Loup. Roadblocks would be in place to turn all non-residents around and keep out the possibility of the virus entering the valley. Locals would be restricted to the valley and those that did leave would be required to remain out of the valley until the threat of infection has passed. The only exception would be for delivery vehicles for food, fuel, mail and only absolutely essential packages by UPS and FedEx.
Anyone that has been in the valley for more and a year knows that late March and early April are slow months anyhow so it would not have that much of an impact anyhow. Yes, some businesses might not make what little profit they make in that time frame, but let’s be honest, most are closed anyhow, and if their existence depends on that minimal amount of sales they are probably going to go under anyhow.
Remembering the age-old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Vern Herrst, Winthrop