Thanks from Little Star
We were overjoyed to see so many families, friends, teachers and alumni come together in person and in spirit as we celebrated Little Star School’s 40th birthday and the amazing work of our teachers! It was wonderful to watch joyful children with painted faces romping together, visit with alumni from the past 40 years, listen to great music, and connect across generations as a community in support of early learning. Thanks to a $20,000 match put up by a group of generous donors, we raised over $47,000 to help fund teacher wages and our financial aid program!
Fundraising is so important for Little Star to serve children, families and teachers. Unfortunately, public funding for early childhood education is extremely limited, so in the U.S. we don’t have public preschools or infant and toddler care like we do for K-12 education. We have to charge tuition to keep Little Star open, but it only covers 80% of our operating costs. Our goal is to spark children’s curiosity, compassion and sense of community, make high-quality early learning accessible for all, and to pay teachers well for the important work they do. Your generosity makes this possible!
We are honored to live in a community that steps up for our youngest learners and their families at a critical time in their lives. Thank you so much for your continued support.
Brad Halm, Executive Director
Korrie Bourn, Board President
Little Star School
I was a young woman during the Vietnam War. The nightly news showed the carnage to both our soldiers and the Vietnamese. It was heartbreaking. I believe it was a major influence on the public turning against the war.
When Mamie Till Mobley had an open casket for her son, Emmett, his disfigured decomposing body on display reignited the civil rights movement in 1955.
I had to identify my 9-year-old son’s mangled body after a hit-and-run. It is my last memory of that beautiful boy. I have never told friend or family of that painful sight.
Recently I have heard some law enforcement and media describe the remains of the slaughtered children by assault rifles. Identification requiring DNA for confirmation. It has been suggested it is time public should see the results of these crimes. I agree, with the permission of family, we should feel the pain and see the horror. Maybe it might shame us, lawmakers and owners of assault rifles to make the necessary changes to our laws.
I am not anti-guns in the possession of responsible citizens; I am anti-killing machines.
Sandra Momilani Clarke
The real problem
I am shocked! Shocked that someone (Isabelle Spohn) would have the courage to address, in writing, last week the “gorilla in the room”: over-population. (It’s in the bedroom, not closet, really, Ms. Spohn.)
This is the base problem behind global warming, pandemics, mass migration, wars, lack of water, starvation — you name it, and I can lead you back directly to the fact that we have put 8 billion homo sapiens on the planet. But no one wants to go there: 8 billion people have their heads planted firmly in the sand. Clinically it’s called denial. In reality, it’s called inevitable extinction. Sadly, there is no human institution, from Exxon Mobil, to city government, to your local church, that does not “profit” from more and more people/customers/members. Think about it!
Kudos to Ms. Spohn for her courage; and to Don for publishing your letter.
Gratitude from Youth Baseball
The Methow Valley Youth Baseball League Board would like to thank all the players, parents, coaches, volunteers and sponsors for a wonderful 2022 season. Registration was up again this year with over 180 players fielding 18 local teams in four divisions: T-ball, Rookie, Minor, and Major. All-star tournament teams at both the Minor and Major levels were fielded as well.
Special thanks go out to the Town of Winthrop and Kiwanis for the Winthrop field, the Town of Twisp and the folks at Public Works for the excellent new field at the airport, and the faculty and staff of the Methow Valley School District for use of their fields and logistical support.
Our sponsors were generous in their support of the League and deserve our continued patronage. They are: AbbyCreek Inn, Blue Star Coffee Roasters, The Branding Iron, Cascade Concrete, Cascades Outdoor Store, Cascade Pipe, Methow Valley Ciderhouse, Methow Valley Cycle & Sport, Twisp Daily Business, East 20 Pizza, El Valle Restaurant, Glover Street Market, Harmony House Interiors, Hank’s Market, Methow Valley Thriftway, Three Fingered Jack’s, Little Dipper, Lloyd Logging, Loup Loup Ski Rental Shop, Methow House Watch, Methow Catering, Montessori 123, Mt. Gardner Inn, Methow Valley Chiropractic, Methow Valley Lumber, NAPA, New Dimension Painting, North Cascade Builders Supply, North Valley Lumber, Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Pardners Mini Market, Patterson Construction, Pony Expresso, Printmade Apparel, Quality Lube, Rising Tide Construction, Rocking Horse Bakery, Rolling Huts, Sawtooth Dental, Les Schwab, Spellman Custom Construction, Sutton Trucking, Tamarack Electric, Twisp Tap House, Tenderfoot Emporium, Two Sisters Billing, Ulrich’s Pharmacy, Valley Painting, Wastewise, Winthrop Physical Therapy and Fitness, and Yo Dog!
Like so many organizations, this league operates on the dedication and selflessness of our volunteers. A huge thank you to the coaches, assistants, and umpires who showed up to teach our kids the joy of playing, humility in victory, and resilience in defeat. Finally, thank you to all the parents for sharing your athletes with us and supporting youth baseball.
Methow Valley Youth Baseball Board
Be informed about District 4
It might be news to a lot of people that we have a competitive race for Congressional District 4 this year. In spite of the fact that there are seven challengers to the incumbent, including Doug White, a Democrat who has been getting a lot of support from a wide range of voters, there has been very little local media coverage. It is noteworthy that after his first debate there were comments about Doug such as this one from a conservative voter: “He showed a high degree of understanding of the issues and proposed policies that, surprisingly, were fiscally conservative and made good simple common sense.”
The Aug. 2 primary election is coming right up, and it is critical for voters to be informed as the primary will determine which candidates progress to the general election in November. I urge everyone to learn as much as they can. One excellent way to do that is to attend the candidate forum on June 20 at Tonasket High School from 6-8 p.m. Students and other community members will be asking questions of the candidates. We should all be listening carefully to their responses and vote accordingly.
Chair, Okanogan County Democrats
What we can learn
I found Jim McDonald’s comments about the Wagner Ranch transition disappointing. In his comments, he mentions his sadness that the ranch was “handed over”” to the Colville Tribes without any strings attached.
To clarify the situation, the Wagner Ranch transition is a small gesture of recognition for the wrongful removal of a group of people that were far better at caring for their ancestral lands than we have been up to this point. The goodwill gesture would fall flat if it included strict controls about what they do with it.
Native Americans understand that we don’t actually own the earth we live on, but are merely the stewards of that land. Land ownership is a colonial construct. It is presumptuous to assume that we white settlers who shot all of the buffalo, and damned the rivers the salmon thrived in, and who are rapidly going thru the earth’s resources would know better than the people who lived here for 10,000 years.
We have much to learn from our Native neighbors. It may be life or death. We can start our journey by being humble, trusting in a shared vision and creating a safe space for them to be in their ancestral homeland.
A great grand opening
Friends of the Winthrop Public Library (FOWL) wishes to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who created our new library. From donors, to volunteers, to architects, artists and builders … to all who contributed well beyond our wildest expectations, including this newspaper for its coverage over the years.
We were overwhelmed by the turnout for the grand opening of our new library! Seeing a line of over 300 people entering the doors, followed by hundreds more throughout the day, told us all we need to know about what this community values. The awed smiles, sign-ups for library cards, books that were checked out, children playing in the Nest, adults reading in a window seat, curious elders, high spirits and connections with each other. One high schooler said it perfectly: “This is going to open so many opportunities for so many people!”
We would also like to thank author Tim Egan for his insightful and entertaining talk to a sold-out Winthrop Barn that capped off the day, reminding us all of our precious public lands along with our collective role in protecting them. Special thanks to Sun Mountain Lodge for hosting Mr. Egan’s stay.
Whether in Twisp or Winthrop, please visit your library. All its services are free. Like public lands, they belong to you!
FOWL Board Members Char Alkire, Harris Clarke, Matt Hinckley, Bruce Honsinger, Shannon Huffman Polson, Craig Seasholes, Wendy Sims, Shane Swanson, Boo Turner and Executive Director Jill Sheley