Kiwanis says thanks
The Kiwanis Club of Winthrop would like to send a huge thank you to the community and visitors who attended last Saturday’s pancake breakfast at the Winthrop Barn.
Even though the balloon launch was canceled that day, all in attendance showed an incredible amount of support. Residents, visitors and balloon pilots alike made generous donations at the door. Those who couldn’t attend the event donated, and some local businesses supported this fundraiser. It was a fantastic feel-good event for all. The mood in the Barn was celebratory and just plain old fun.
We especially thank KTRT radio, KOZI radio, Hank’s Harvest Foods, Bluestar Coffee Roasters, Lone Pine Fruit & Espresso, and the Methow Valley News. We are hoping to award a large check to Jamie’s Place soon. Thank you, Methow Valley.
Love the Loup
The winter of 2022-2023 will go down in history as “the season of the Loup” in our family. Our family of four has benefited greatly from the hard work and dedication of many volunteers and the amazing Loup Loup staff. We have thoroughly enjoyed the new lodge, the food by Lone Point Cellars and the various amenities that Loup Loup offers. A huge thank you to the dedicated Loup Loup board, its paid staff and all others working to make Loup Loup such a family-friendly establishment. I would also like to thank the dedicated poma crew, for making the poma and the terrain it serves so friendly to beginner skiers. Riding the poma is challenging for newer skiers and the Poma staff is nothing but supportive and helpful to the skier group it serves. My 1.5-year-old now makes every effort while loading the poma to attempt to fist bump the lift attendant prior to being jettisoned up the hill. He also appreciated the attendant realizing that he had lost his boot in the lift line. The lift attendant got the boot and happily applied it to his cold right foot. His father was unaware it had come off. Class act, Loup Loup! Keep it up!
The Lego creations by Phil at the ticket office are also a favorite of my 5 year old.
Lastly, recent heavy and wet snow forced the Loup to close for a few days. I also know the chair suffered mechanical issues a few times as well. Recreational infrastructure will become increasingly hard to maintain in an ever changing climate, no matter what the sport. I’m sure the efforts to mitigate hazard trees, ensure that the lift continues to run safely and negotiating lift evacuations were stressful on staff and personnel. I hope as a community we make efforts to understand the complexity of recreation in a changing climate and offer support to our various recreational partners ( including the Methow Valley Ranger District) who work tirelessly so we can all have a good time. Rock on Loup Loup and thanks for a rad winter!
Help is on the way! When I asked the community for help in the form of temporary housing for an Americorps NCCC team, multiple people contacted me with generous offers. Thank you to everyone who responded!
Now that we have housing and our application has been approved, it’s time to welcome a team of nine enthusiastic young adults to work and learn in our community. Our project design is a collaboration amongst four organizations: TwispWorks, Classroom in Bloom, Methow Housing Trust, and Methow Valley Trails Collaborative.
Collectively we will host the team and integrate them into the workplans of each organization. They arrive on April 14 and will be with us until July 9. If you see a young person wearing a grey or green shirt with NCCC on it, please share your appreciation for their hard work!
Director of Campus Operations