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My Turn
Answering some questions about school district levies

Answering some questions about school district levies

By Richard DeFaccio In a letter published March 4, I asked three questions regarding the Methow Valley School District’s proposed levies. On March 18 I had the opportunity to meet with members of the district administration and the co-chair of the Facilities Task Force. Those three questions as well as several additional issues were discussed....
Open government: take it personally

Open government: take it personally

By Brian J. Hunhoff Don’t take it personally? That’s usually good advice, but today we urge the opposite reaction to all government bodies operating in the shadows, purposely avoiding public scrutiny and genuine transparency. In other words, take closed government personally. Please! Take it personally when a reporter is kicked out of a city council...
Revoking no-spray agreements another example of county’s antagonism

Revoking no-spray agreements another example of county’s antagonism

By Sam Lucy As spring hillsides melt to green, robins sing and water (thankfully for the Okanogan) flows, some awaken their thoughts to fresh earth, sweet-life smells, and growing things. For others, thoughts turn to spraying. Several important issues face Methow Valley residents this spring. Environmental challenges and concerns here have only been compounded by...
A legislator’s response to the Carlton Complex Fire

A legislator’s response to the Carlton Complex Fire

After the devastating Carlton Complex Fire that deeply affected the communities and economy of the Methow Valley, our Legislature is taking action to respond to our natural disaster, including providing funding and changing policies as needed.
Year-long inquiry into IB possibilities, more work to be done

Year-long inquiry into IB possibilities, more work to be done

By Anne Andersen and Deborah DeKalb What do we mean by a comprehensive instructional framework? What should it include? How should an education framework reflect the values of the Methow Valley? How can it meet the needs of our diverse group of students? These were the kinds of questions that came up in district discussions...
An unfortunate solution to protect our sovereignty

An unfortunate solution to protect our sovereignty

By Ron Perrow The Jan. 12 Okanogan County Fire District 6 board of commissioners meeting confirmed my conclusion that commissioners Roy Reiber and Darold Brandenburg don’t care what we say. Reiber said they were ignoring the last levy failure, that they “did not consider the levy failure as an advisory vote.” Well folks, advisory or not,...
Dealing with cops: common sense and respect for authority

Dealing with cops: common sense and respect for authority

By Rikki Schwab With all the current situations being covered in the news media involving law enforcement, it is understandable that people are overly cautious when dealing with the police. Many people have come to me lately asking, why do these things happen? I can’t speak for every law enforcement officer in the world, I...
Goldilocks, Galileo, and the end of war

Goldilocks, Galileo, and the end of war

By Dana Visalli The scientific community in recent years has uncovered an avalanche of insights into the functioning of the natural world that bring science and spirit uncomfortably close together. For example, physicists tell us that if the force of gravity had been a millionth of a percent stronger or weaker, the universe would long...
Why District 6 needs a new fire hall in Winthrop

Why District 6 needs a new fire hall in Winthrop

By Roy Reiber Recent events have been very disappointing and I am deeply bothered by the apparent abuse the Okanogan County Fire District 5 commissioners have received. During my years as a firefighter, commissioner or both, I’ve seen many changes in District 6. Even 20 years ago the four stations operated with military surplus vehicles...

Legislature, governor should support wildlife and rec funding

By Gary Schalla As we approach the holiday season, there is no better time than now to start thinking about the state budget. Don’t believe me? We have a fast-approaching opportunity to secure abundant gifts for our children and grandchildren if our elected officials commit robust funding for the outdoors. The counties of North Central...