Here’s a quick look at some changes in operation to be aware of:
The North Central Regional Library system has closed all of its branches in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan and Ferry counties, including Twisp and Winthrop, through at least April 24.
According to a press release:
• All due dates have been automatically extended until April 24. There are no late fees.
• The Mail Order Library will continue mailing library materials. All library cardholders can request items to be mailed to their house at www.ncrl.org/mailorderlibrary.
• Library patrons are encouraged to explore online resources and digital materials available on the website, including e-books, audiobooks, video streaming, magazines and newspapers.
• Plans are being made for library staff to continuing working and be paid during the closure period.
For updates, visit www.ncrl.org/coronavirus.
PUD offices closed
Okanogan County Public Utility District offices are closed to the public as of March 17 until further notice. Customers are asked to use alternate methods of payment:
• Leave a payment in one of the PUD’s drop boxes. Do not leave cash.
• Pay online at www.okanoganpud.org or through the SmartHub app.
• Mail payments to P.O. Box 912, Okanogan, WA, 98840.
• Call (833) 890-9505 to pay by phone.
For other information, call (509) 422-3310 or 800-922-7011. Staff will be available to conduct business over the phone or via email. Crews will continue to provide outage response.
Methow Recycles closed
Methow Recycles has closed its Twisp facility and programs until at least April 6.
The organization offered tips for how to get along while Methow Recycles is closed:
• Household self-haul recyclers – If you can, hang on to your recycling until the recycling center reopens. WasteWise is still operating its collection service; call 997-8862 for information.
• Business self-haul recyclers — Call 997-0520 or email email@example.com to schedule an appointment for delivery.
• Blue Bags may still be available for purchase and drop-off at Blue Star Coffee Roasters, Methow Cycle & Sport and the Mazama Country Inn.
• Tool library and Take It or Leave It — Both programs will be closed.
• WasteWise collections are not changing at this time.
At TwispWorks, the coronavirus-related policies will remain in effect through April 12.
• TwispWorks staff have been advised to work from home where possible. Staff contact information and work hours are posted on the Gateway and Bernard Hosey buildings. Contact information is also listed on the TwispWorks website.
• TwispWorks has temporarily closed its public meeting spaces (the Gateway conference room and YourSpace), as well as public bathrooms on campus.
• Sponsored events have been postponed.
• The door to the Gateway Building is closed to the public. Campus partners will decide individually whether to stay open to the public.
Cove food bank is open
The Cove food bank in Twisp will remain open on Thursday to distribute bags of food, following appropriate safety protocols.
“We expect a significant increase of clients due to employment slowdowns,” according to a Cove press release. “Right now, we are working on a plan to distribute food to shut-ins or self-quarantined folks who need it. Also, the Friday Food program will work closely with the school district to distribute over 130 bags of weekend food to those children in need. Creative thoughts and volunteer assistance are appreciated.” For information, call 997-0227.