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LETTERS
Letters to the editor: Feb. 4, 2015

Letters to the editor: Feb. 4, 2015

Thanks for great response Dear Editor: On Saturday, Jan. 24, my wife, Sandy, broke her leg while cross country skiing on the Methow Trail north of the North Cascades Basecamp. She was seriously injured, unable to move, in a great deal of pain and we were suspecting a fractured upper leg (femur) — 911 was alerted and...
Letters to the editor: January 28, 2015

Letters to the editor: January 28, 2015

Prevent or manage? Dear Editor: Where is the next destructive fire? As we all enter the next fire season, we must ask ourselves where the next firestorm will occur. As we continue to study, then study some more, then study to the end, what will be decided? Let’s say that in all probability the Twisp...
Letters to the editor: January 21, 2015

Letters to the editor: January 21, 2015

It’s about the vote Dear Editor: My son is a firefighter on the west side. I would always hope and pray that he had the latest, greatest equipment and facility. But this is more than that — this is about the voting system in America. The Okanogan County Fire District 6 board of directors presented a levy...
Letters to the editor: January 14, 2014

Letters to the editor: January 14, 2014

Out of control Dear Editor: Horace Wetherall was the only forest ranger employed in the Yacolt Burn, the largest forest fire recorded in Washington state history (until the Carlton Complex Fire) in 1902. He had recently been reprimanded for employing a fire crew and was reluctant to be disciplined again so when he spotted the...
Letters to the editor: Jan. 7, 2015

Letters to the editor: Jan. 7, 2015

Something to be proud of Dear Editor: I want to take thank everyone who made yet another year of Neighbors Helping Neighbors possible. From the community donations that allow us to purchase the holiday meals, to the schools that collect non-perishable items that fill the cupboards (Methow Valley Elementary School collected over 4000), to the...
Letters to the editor: Dec. 31, 2014

Letters to the editor: Dec. 31, 2014

You can listen, too Dear Editor: A thank you to the Methow Valley News for publishing the lyrics to “Under a Red Sun” in last week’s Trial by Fire insert. Since it is a song, the intended impression comes from hearing the music also. There is a video of myself playing “Under a Red Sun”...
Letters to the editor: December 24, 2014

Letters to the editor: December 24, 2014

Fire hall alternatives Dear Editor: Ratepayers dodged a bullet in 2011 when management changed at the Okanogan County Electric Cooperative. Old management was wedded to the idea of a big new power line to Mazama as the only solution to a peak demand problem. New management was more creative and found ways to solve the problem quickly and for...
Letters to the editor: Dec. 17, 2014

Letters to the editor: Dec. 17, 2014

Will recall be necessary? Dear Editor: My dismay has only increased after the performance by Okanogan County Fire District 6 Commissioners Roy Reiber and Darold Brandenburg at the Dec. 8 meeting. The taxpayers have spoken, and have been summarily ignored. District 6 commissioners are supposed to represent the folks who put them in office, not...
Letters to the editor: Dec. 10, 2014

Letters to the editor: Dec. 10, 2014

Gutting the comp plan Dear Editor: I first came to the Methow Valley 40-odd years ago to do fire research. Part of my job was to digitize every extant fire map of the area, and it quickly became clear to me that, to paraphrase Keynes, in the long run we are all toast. Anybody who...
Letters to the editor: Dec. 3, 2014

Letters to the editor: Dec. 3, 2014

A snow blower lesson Dear Editor: To my fellow snow country folks: Now that it looks like winter has begun to settle in, I feel moved to pass on some annual advice. Twenty years ago this month I had a moment of brain-deadness and ended up turning off a snow blower with my left hand,...