Dear Editor:

I would like to thank the crew of Lloyd Logging and their sub-contractors on creating the most beautiful road and sidewalks in the Methow Valley (Castle Avenue in Winthrop). Today their project looks complete.

I would also like to thank everyone for their smiles, consideration and excellent work. I live above and watched the whole process, and every time I drove down, they stopped their work and made my passage through the project enjoyable, without flaggers even. Beautiful job, everyone.

Now the road is safer and the many people who walk now have a safe sidewalk to enjoy!

Wayne Fisher, Winthrop



Dear Editor:

I’ve been thinking about writing this type of letter for several years now. I’m finally to the point where I feel I must.

I hope no one writing at the paper ever went to journalism school. If they had they would’ve learned on day one about the inverted pyramid and the five Ws.

The recent story about the Tenderfoot break-in didn’t tell readers the “who” until the 15th paragraph of a 16-paragraph story. This is called burying the lead. In this case really, really deep.

Then there’s the headline about the new school superintendent being “thrilled” to be here. This headline implies that being thrilled to be here is a story. It’s not. Being devastated to be here would be a story. It’s the old dog bites man not a story and man bites dog is a story. But wait. There’s more. It’s not actually a story about being thrilled to be here. It’s a general news story about the new super.

Journalism 101 books can be ordered from many schools. The most basic book will help correct many of these problems.

Ric Grehan, Twisp



Dear Editor:

In last week’s Methow Valley News, Pat Ford’s critique of Elwha, A River Reborn was an excellent synopsis of the book, which chronicles the work done to ultimately remove the Elwha River dams. I visited the Elwha last February and traveled from its mouth to the site of the lower dam. It is a fascinating trip and I recommend it to all traveling to the coast. Reading the book before the trip would set the stage for a great journey.

In the article, Ford states that “History, power, salmon and science are the themes.” I would add politics to this list and the “politics of power” continues today in Washington. I encourage the readers of the News to learn more about a political maneuver to dam another river in our state, the Skykomish.

The Skykomish River is one of only four free-flowing rivers in the state designated as a scenic river and has been nominated by the U.S. Forest Service for federal designation as a National Wild & Scenic River. Proposals to dam the Skykomish have been rejected five times in the last 100 years and the Skykomish provides habitat for threatened Chinook salmon and bull trout.

Amazingly, the Snohomish County PUD is proposing to build a dam and as part of this process is lobbying to alter I-937 (Washington’s Clean Energy Law) which was passed by Washington voters in 2006. Changing the language of I-937 will counter the will of the citizens and help pave the way for the PUD to move forward with building a dam at Sunset Falls on the Skykomish.

I urge you to visit and voice your opinion. Organizations such as The Mountaineers, the North Cascades Conservation Council, the Audubon Society, the Sierra Club and others oppose the project.

In the Methow we have a culture of protecting and preserving our environment for future generations. I hope this culture will be embraced by everyone in the state and the proposed dam project on the Skykomish will be rejected once again.

Jack Riley, Winthrop