Homegrown festival rocked, thanks to our supporters!

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Thank you to everyone who made our homegrown music festival  – Let’s keep our valley green and our rivers clean – a huge success last Saturday, July 2.

Over 500 people joined in the fun at John Doran’s Walking D Ranch Adventures, and over 300 postcards were signed in support of halting the development of mining operations in the upper headwaters of the Methow during the celebrations.

We were so grateful to celebrate not only the special qualities that make the Methow Valley a wonderful place, but to enjoy the festivities with those who live, work, and recreate in and around this treasured gem. It was the efforts of many that made this event such a tremendous success.

Over two dozen local businesses contributed to make this event possible. The festival featured delicious food provided by Kathy Borgersen of Sunflower Catering , and a pig roast BBQ by Aaron Studen, with top-notch meat from Thomson’s Custom Meats. There were live local musical performances by Ken Bevis, Pat Hale, Danbert Nobacon and Anna Dooley , Laura Love and Family Dog, Meghan Colleen Doran featuring Greg Knab and Terry Hardesty, Sky Kyss, Wild Mountain Nation, and Terry Hardesty and The Last Outlaws. Featured campaign speaker, Bill
Pope, outlined the history of the campaign, next steps, and ways to support our work and get involved.

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There are still many people to thank, including John Doran who hosted the festival on his property, Danbert Nobacon for working closely with the bands to create an evening of lively entertainment, and Don Ashford of KTRT for his boundless energy and dedication to promoting the event. A special thanks to Hans Smith of Yakama Nation Fisheries for giving river restoration tours during the day of the event highlighting salmon habitat and restoration work they completed on the Methow River.

For those who were not able to attend the event, or sign a postcard of support, we are asking all of our supporters to click here to sign a letter urging Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell to take action now.

Thank you again for your ongoing support and advocacy, and to all the volunteers and dedicated campaign supporters who helped make this an event to remember and a true community celebration. We are working hard to make sure this watershed is protected from the risks of industrial-scale mining, but couldn’t do it without such strong local support.

Sincerely,

The Methow Headwaters Campaign Team