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Editorials
Editorials: April 13, 2016

Editorials: April 13, 2016

Clearing the air It’s an odd coincidence that two big stories this week, both of them good news for the Methow Valley, involve aircraft — those that will be coming here, and those that won’t (see stories on page A1). First, the U.S. Army announced that it was withdrawing a proposal to conduct helicopter pilot training exercises...
Editorials: March 23, 2016

Editorials: March 23, 2016

Take a deep breath The rapid development of a marijuana industry in Washington state has created both opportunities and problems. Marketplace forces and entrepreneurial energy pretty much guaranteed that the businesses of growing, processing, distributing and selling marijuana would evolve quickly along traditional capitalistic lines: round up financing, make something the public wants, sell it...
Editorials: March 9, 2016

Editorials: March 9, 2016

Doesn’t add up If there are more than three people in Okanogan County who think that outsourcing the county’s juvenile detention responsibilities to the Spokane area is a good idea, we haven’t heard from them. If there have been even two times when those three people — the county commissioners — actually listened to their constituents’ concerns and backed...
The usual drill

The usual drill

The Methow Valley often is in do-it-ourselves mode when it comes to protecting our economic and environmental concerns. Were it not for the various advocacy groups, ad hoc coalitions, nonprofit organizations and fearless individuals that look out for the valley’s long-term interests and economic sustainability, we’d be overrun with bad ideas that threaten the very...
Editorials: Jan. 20, 2016

Editorials: Jan. 20, 2016

Support the levies It’s unfortunate, and a bit misleading, that the Methow Valley School District’s replacement levies on the Feb. 9 ballot are called, well, replacement levies. The levies don’t replace anything in the usual sense. Rather, they extend existing funding sources that the school district would be crippled without. Blame the state Legislature — and not...
Editorials: Dec. 23, 2015

Editorials: Dec. 23, 2015

Healthy outlook It’s been a good year for sustainable health care access in the Methow Valley. Family Health Centers took over Methow Valley Family Practice in Twisp earlier this year, and also opened a dental clinic in Twisp. Last week, it was announced that Confluence Health of Wenatchee will partner with the Country Clinic in...
Editorial: Nov. 11, 2015

Editorial: Nov. 11, 2015

Message repeated Call it a portent. One year ago, voters residing within the rural boundaries of Okanogan County Fire District 6 rejected a property tax levy increase to pay for construction of new, $2.4 million fire station in Winthrop. Last Tuesday (Nov. 3), voters apparently turned out incumbent Roy Reiber in the race for an...
Scoping it out

Scoping it out

Just so nobody misunderstood where they were, Melanie Rowland told a group of about 20 people gathered at the Twisp Valley Grange last week, “this is not a neutral presentation.” Rowland and Maggie Coon were there representing the Methow Valley Citizens’ Council (MVCC), a nonprofit community interest group that has been actively involved in a...
Editorials: August 26, 2015

Editorials: August 26, 2015

And now, worse Before this week, the Carlton Complex Fire of 2014 was the largest in Washington state history. The brutal destruction of landscape and structures, the painful impact on hundreds of lives, made it not just big but also an enduring nightmare. But the much smaller Twisp River Fire — officially now Branch 3 of the...
We are not a landing zone

We are not a landing zone

Forget the black helicopter jokes and whacko conspiracy theories. What the U.S. Army has in mind for the Methow Valley and a sizable surrounding area is real, a lot scarier and not the least bit funny. The Army wants to substitute the Methow Valley and a substantial swath of North Central Washington for Afghanistan and...