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Adequate training can reduce motorcycle fatalities

Adequate training can reduce motorcycle fatalities

By John Fleming Nine years ago I watched in horror as my wife nearly failed to negotiate a tight curve on her motorcycle. She drifted to the outside of her lane to within inches of the gravel shoulder at 70 mile per hour. Miraculously, she kept it together. That episode convinced me that she and...
Accessible public lands key to Methow Valley – and Northwest – economy

Accessible public lands key to Methow Valley – and Northwest – economy

For over 25 years, my company, Zumiez, has brought managers from all over the country to the Methow Valley for an annual training event. Zumiez is a 38-year-old action sports lifestyle retailer based in Seattle. We’ve got stores in four countries and every state in the United States. This year’s event had over 700 Zumiez managers…...
Commissioners waste taxpayer money on federal land takeover schemes

Commissioners waste taxpayer money on federal land takeover schemes

By Isabelle Spohn We should all have paid attention when Okanogan County Commissioner DeTro announced plans by the commissioners and the other “Quad Counties” to the press (May 27, 2014). We didn’t realize that county taxpayers would be financing their personal dreams and agendas. We blew it off, and now we are paying the price....
Help prevent copper mining efforts  in the Methow headwaters

Help prevent copper mining efforts in the Methow headwaters

The Methow Valley is a wonderfully diverse place. Ranches and farms create the valley’s working landscape, a large trail system and surrounding wilderness areas contribute recreational opportunities and economic vitality, and public lands support critical fish …
Banning of LBHS production sends wrong message to community

Banning of LBHS production sends wrong message to community

Liberty Bell High School’s drama production The Port in The Storm has been banned by the school’s administrative “Committee on the Appropriateness of Dramatic Material,” citing parental disquiet. Students have been working for five months to write and produce this play, which if this committee has anything to say about it, you will never see....
Retain local control the Okanogan County juvenile detention

Retain local control the Okanogan County juvenile detention

By Jack Burchard Here we go again. Every few years, members of the consortium that operates Martin Hall Juvenile Detention Center in Medical Lake try to sell their program to the Okanogan County Commissioners as a cost-saving proposal. The consortium counties want to reduce their cost and liability by enticing Okanogan County into contracting for...
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,...