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Editorials: Dec. 25, 2013

Editorials: Dec. 25, 2013

Spirit of the season Generosity and need go hand-in-gloved-hand this time of year. Marcy Stamper’s article in last week’s issue touched on the need part, an aspect of the valley’s culture that may get overlooked but is nonetheless persistent. The generosity part is being answered again through programs like Neighbors Helping Neighbors and Manger Mall,...
Pot, speed

Pot, speed

Into the haze Turning an idea into practice will take some getting used to in Okanogan County and elsewhere in the state, as the nascent industry of growing, processing and selling marijuana finds its way into a strange new marketplace. Insert your favorite doper/weed/doobie/ganja/hemp/smokin’ pun or joke here. The topic is tailor-made for kitschy humorous...
A new course for Three Rivers

A new course for Three Rivers

It’s painful to watch Three Rivers Hospital struggle with the tough decisions that will be necessary to stay operational and deliver a reasonable level of services to the taxing district that supports it. Health care – how to get it, what to pay for it, where to find it, who to trust with it –...
Editorials: Nov. 13, 2013

Editorials: Nov. 13, 2013

The bus stops here Well. It looks like we might get a bus system. It has to be acknowledged as somewhat surprising that predominantly “red,” tax-despising, government-distrusting Okanogan County would choose to tax itself, even a little bit, for something so urbanistic as a regular transportation plan that’s likely to be publicly subsidized, like most...
Nov. 6, 2013

Nov. 6, 2013

Valued voices Methow Valley residents have never been shy about voicing their opinions when it comes to how things are governed here. Sometimes their persistence and practicality make an impact. Such was the case last week when the Okanogan County Planning Commission recommended against allowing sizable building projects in the Methow Valley to proceed without...
Oct. 23, 2013

Oct. 23, 2013

Getting on board One of the tradeoffs for living in the Methow Valley is that it can be a long way to work, to school, to the hospital, or to other vital health care and social services. It’s particularly tough for the elderly or disabled who have limited mobility, or for low-income people for whom...
Oct. 9, 2013

Oct. 9, 2013

The real costs The federal government is not an abstraction in the Methow Valley and shutting it down is not a theoretical political exercise. It’s a real-life hardship with implications that put to shame the extremist ideological posturings of the Republicans who have caused it. And make no mistake, they caused it. But establishing blame...
Sept. 25, 2013

Sept. 25, 2013

Have a healthy attitude about Affordable Care Act Forget about the political shenanigans in Washington, D.C. Here in Washington state we are about to enter the promising new world created by the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), which will provide health care coverage opportunities for millions of Americans who now are uninsured or under-insured. This...
Aug. 14, 2013

Aug. 14, 2013

This too shall pass Methow Valley temperatures are still in the 90s. So why does it feel a bit like winter? The unexpected closure of the North Cascades Highway, caused by a series of deluges that brought down several huge mudslides over the roadway, has suddenly left us in the isolation mode we usually experience...
Aug. 7, 2013

Aug. 7, 2013

Rough ride For a group that likes to manufacture headlines with its tirades about tyrannical, unresponsive government, the Okanogan County commissioners are looking a bit like the people they are always happy to rip. The commissioners’ quickly and brusquely enacted decision to allow all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on some 300 miles of county roads has a...