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LETTERS
Letters to the editor: June 11

Letters to the editor: June 11

New ‘opportunities’ Dear Editor: As a small farmer living and working in Carlton, I am writing to express my enthusiasm for the proposed changes to the comprehensive plan and interim zoning ordinance put forth by the county. As written, the plan zones most of the lower Methow below Gold Creek as “Zone 1 Rural,” allowing...
Letters to the editor: June 4, 2014

Letters to the editor: June 4, 2014

Not ready for prime time Dear Editor: After a convoluted multi-year process, the Okanogan County Commissioners have released their purported final draft of the county’s comprehensive plan. It includes an “interim” zoning ordinance with many missing elements, an incomplete shoreline review and an attempt to jam as many lots and uses as possible onto productive...
Letters to the editor: May 28, 2014

Letters to the editor: May 28, 2014

Not so little Dear Editor: I attended the U.S. Forest Service meeting at the Winthrop Barn on May 19 to hear about the Blue River plans for drilling (on Flagg Mountain). I left thinking of Carl Sandberg’s poem about the fog: The fog slips in on little cat feet, It sits on silent haunches and...
Letters to the editor: May 21, 2014

Letters to the editor: May 21, 2014

Changing the conversation Dear Editor: I noticed the headline “Most comments favorable on ATV proposal” (May 14). Not really a shocker since most of the many opponents to this proposal have long since figured out that our staggeringly arrogant county commissioners could care a rat’s hind end what opponents think, and prefer to rub their...
Letters to the editor: May 14, 2014

Letters to the editor: May 14, 2014

Dinner a success Dear Editor: This is a huge thank you to the many folks who helped make our Africa dinner on May 4 such a success. We have to start with Charlotte Nelson and her main-man, Robert, who put in many, many hours of planning and food preparation — barbecuing, marinating, chopping, etc. Thanks also to...
Letters to the editor: May 7, 2014

Letters to the editor: May 7, 2014

Catastrophic consequences Dear Editor: The Methow valley is an outdoor recreation destination for thousands of tourists each year who come here expressly because of the natural amenities. A rough estimate by the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association of annual trail users comes to nearly 90,000 user days. This number of course is only a part...
Letters to the editor: April 30, 2014

Letters to the editor: April 30, 2014

Appalling scenario Dear Editor: It is an absolutely appalling scenario to imagine a copper mine in our midst. I cannot think of a venture that would be more destructive to the spirit of Mazama and the valley than this. Mining, by its very nature, does not co-exist with anything; it tyrannizes. And nothing the company could say or promise will mitigate the...
Letters to the editor: April 23, 2014

Letters to the editor: April 23, 2014

Trash for thought Dear Editor: I would like to thank last year’s winner at Trashion Fashion for helping contribute and raise the bar on the age limit to “13 and over.” Many of our young creative artists will miss out experiencing and being creative within the art community in the valley. Maybe the restriction and limit...
Letters to the editor: April 16, 2014

Letters to the editor: April 16, 2014

Not worth it Dear Editor: This February, the Okanogan County PUD had to purchase an additional $1 million in electricity to meet the near-record, 189-megawatt load demanded by the unseasonably cold weather across the district. Stream flows in the Similkameen River averaged just under 800 cubic feet per second (cfs) for the month. If the...
Letters to the editor: April 9, 2014

Letters to the editor: April 9, 2014

Keep it local Dear Editor: Today I received a direct mailing from “Ron Perrow and friends” telling me why I should vote no on the proposed Methow Valley Recreation District. The letter states that we would be better off having our recreational future decided at the county level by our county commissioners. I totally disagree...