The book by Dennis Drabelle, “The Power of Scenery: Frederick Law Olmstead and the Origin of National Parks,” is indeed worth reading if you realize that the name Yellowstone has drawn the heaviest viewership yet recorded. Or maybe you’ve seen the long lineup of cars whose passengers were hoping to visit North Cascades National Park on the Maple Pass trail.
However, it’s missing any mention of the book “Creating Wilderness: A Transnational History of the Swiss National Park,” by Patrick Kupper, which also critically examines Yellowstone. It’s also missing Sheldon Johnson, the black ranger of Yosemite fame, and Methow trails, guarding the sunny east side of this local park. It does include many of the dirty details behind Olmsted’s Central Park, Niagara Falls, Yellowstone and many others.
Thanks to caregivers
We celebrated Caregiver Appreciation Day at Jamie’s Place on March 3. We would like to say “thank you” to all of our fantastic caregivers. These caregivers deserve extra thanks for their flexibility during the second flood at Jamie’s Place.
We have several wonderful community caregivers who help our elders in the valley live safely in their homes. Thank you to all of them for their work and service.
Finally, thank everyone for caring for a loved one, friend, or family. Here in the Methow, we are all caregivers for each other.
We know how hard caregivers work, and are forever grateful for the love they give every day!
Rana Clarke, Executive Director
Jessica Kulsrud, Associate Director
Jamie’s Place Board of Directors
Help the deer
Yes. Feed the deer. They can use some help right now! Do not buy into what some people who just finished a big salmon lunch might tell you about not feeding them. They don’t know it all. The deer do not die if you feed them. Heavy stomach acid allows them to eat wood and bark and other rough types of browse, even GMOs. Deer love pizza and the menu includes peelings, French toast, waffles, old pancakes, oatmeal the kids won’t eat in the morning. Old bread, beans, tortillas, salsa — any veggie scraps, etc.
Hank has deer pellets for sale, Dave Schulz’s apples and pizza (hold the pepperoni). The deer know that and that is where they are going when you see them in town and dining behind Do It. This is all fact and I have witnesses all around my home. The deer look in the windows and say, who is in the zoo, me or you? They think I am outdoor room service! They are grateful and they don’t die, they come back here year after year if possible. Forty-five years of testing and generally the only deer that die come in here looking sick to begin with. Ask any hay rancher like me.
The Methow used to have deer feeding stations here in severe winters but now we just suck up the revenue they bring the community and give the big money to the salmon recovery. Every year it is more and more difficult for the deer to get across Highway 153 for water. Let’s do what we can for them if the state won’t. Thanks to County Commissioner Andy Hover. Push the Washington Department Fish and Wildlife. They have the money, maybe they can find a heart.