Today is Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

My Turn
Winthrop’s police officers deserve more support, less micromanaging

Winthrop’s police officers deserve more support, less micromanaging

By Ken Bajema It is a difficult time to be a police officer. As I write this, 116 officers have been killed in the line of duty this year, six of them in Washington state. Many more are injured in physical confrontations. Social media has painted officers in a poor light, which has increased police...
Methow At Home part of visionary movement for aging population

Methow At Home part of visionary movement for aging population

Are you a baby boomer? Look around — there are a lot of us. If you were born between 1946 and 1964, you are part of the largest group of folks over 55 in the history of the United States. Ten thousand people turn 65 every day, and statistics predict this will …
Finding the path away from alcoholism: a personal account

Finding the path away from alcoholism: a personal account

By Joel Travelstead My name is Joel and I am an alcohol abuser. I have decided to go public with an imperfect understanding of this addiction. I will remain open and embracing of the best treatment modality for me and work to discover what underlies this compulsion. I have been in addiction therapy for over...
Let’s be grateful for services the Methow Valley enjoys

Let’s be grateful for services the Methow Valley enjoys

By Thomas B. McCord While sitting in the dentist’s chair in Winthrop one afternoon “enjoying” for the nth time the expertise of my local dentist, it dawned on me that, in this urban-wilderness interface that is the Methow Valley, we are very fortunate to have such experienced and personalized services. I recalled a prior experience,...
Three Rivers Hospital fills vital role in meeting region’s health care needs

Three Rivers Hospital fills vital role in meeting region’s health care needs

By Mike Pruett It’s been a busy month for Three Rivers Hospital, as we work hard to provide information about the two levies we have placed on the November ballot to make important facility and equipment improvements and insure a sustainable future. We just wrapped up our forums in Winthrop and Twisp, and appreciate the community...
JBLM’s empire building doesn’t help the Methow Valley

JBLM’s empire building doesn’t help the Methow Valley

By Melanie Rowland In his My Turn column (Sept. 16), Jim Pigott chided the editor of the Methow Valley News and others who object to the U.S. Army’s proposal to conduct mountain helicopter training in the North Cascades. While many believe that the proposal is bad for the land and bad for our recreation-based economy,...
Where Tom was, that was home

Where Tom was, that was home

By Tim Lewis Some people have funerals when they die. Though the word funeral technically is synonymous to “memorial service,” the sounds suggest two completely different notions. The word “funeral” sounds like a dirge — dark, quiet, sober, half-emotionless, half-weeping (not crying, not sobbing, not shedding tears, but weeping). It may fit some end-of-life ceremonies and may fit...
PSFA has profound impact on education

PSFA has profound impact on education

By Hannah Hogness This past year, I had the amazing opportunity to serve as a student board member for the Public School Funding Alliance (PSFA). I moved to the Methow Valley during my fifth-grade year at Methow Valley Elementary School, so I was no stranger to the support offered by PSFA when I was invited to...
Army’s helicopter proposal has positive implications for the valley

Army’s helicopter proposal has positive implications for the valley

By Jim Pigott I felt that parts of your Aug. 5 editorial “Battling the barrage” was both one-sided and shallow. In that editorial, you characterized the U.S. Army’s proposal to conduct helicopter training in North Central Washington, the possibility of a private company exploring for copper near Flagg Mountain, and also the prospect of ATVs...
Dealing with chaos: planning and coordination pay off

Dealing with chaos: planning and coordination pay off

By Don Waller Once again our valley has been challenged by fire. Fire that filled the air with smoke, sent flames through canyons, up and down slopes, threatened and burned homes, and fire that confronted, injured, and ultimately took the lives of three firefighters. As chief of Okanogan County Fire District 6, I know that...