Today is Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017

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Ride to Rendezvous revisits  the pioneer spirit of our ancestors

Ride to Rendezvous revisits the pioneer spirit of our ancestors

By Glenda Hammond I recently rode across northern Washington with members of the Washington Outfitters and Guides Association (WOGA). For the first time, I joined their Ride to Rendezvous, an annual wagon trek. What a hoot! What a cultural contribution, allowing people an eye-opening glimpse into the grit and courage of our pioneering ancestors as...
Paris Accord decision is proof that Trump just doesn’t care about environment

Paris Accord decision is proof that Trump just doesn’t care about environment

By Kent Woodruff I am glad Mr. Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord. Despite everything he said in his Rose Garden speech that was factually challenged (just about everything he said), at least he did not pretend that his administration has an interest in reducing the carbon pollution we put in the air....
Special education: When ‘good enough’ isn’t

Special education: When ‘good enough’ isn’t

By Dean Hussey Earlier this year, a disabled student’s family brought a case before the Supreme Court to get their district to provide more than a bare minimum education. The court decided in favor of the student, essentially stating “Disabled students deserve a high-quality education.” As a student with autism, I agree. Disabled students should...
The gift of HOPES

The gift of HOPES

By Isabel Salas Last summer, depression took over my thoughts and emotions. I attempted to overdose twice, two days apart. I got transported to the hospital both times and ended up in an inpatient facility called Two River Landing. There, I was connected with a counselor and medication. They helped me create a safety plan...
Nation’s culture and economy will suffer without NEH and NEA

Nation’s culture and economy will suffer without NEH and NEA

By John K. Roth and Amanda Jackson Mott Just months after the Carlton Complex Fire, Methow Valley residents gathered at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp for an unusual event: a play based on local people’s experiences during the wildfires. The play was a chance for the community to share stories, delve deeper into the issues,...
A year to live — what would you do?

A year to live — what would you do?

By Rhoda Walter Imagine spending a year as if it were your last. How might that shape your days and your priorities? Would you take a searching look at your life, your values, and your actions? What would you do now to help pave the way for a “good death?” What affairs would you want...
Changing name of Squaw Creek a matter of respect

Changing name of Squaw Creek a matter of respect

By Lynette Westendorf The Methow Valley is full of history — from the original Methow Native Americans to pioneers and miners and early settlers. The opening of the valley to white settlers has been well documented, and we have celebrated their stories in several books published by the Shafer Museum in Winthrop. Fortunately, people are also embracing...
Wide range of factors are related to marshal’s firing and aftermath

Wide range of factors are related to marshal’s firing and aftermath

By Anne Acheson I ran for Winthrop Town Council position 5 after serving several years on the planning commission because I wanted to have a voice in a broader range of issues facing the Town of Winthrop. When I was elected in November 2015 I never had any intention of serving as mayor. In September...
Now is the time for meaningful political engagement

Now is the time for meaningful political engagement

By Leia Hanson, Sol Gutierrez and David Moskowitz We all have stories of political engagement. For some of us, it started in elementary school with writing letters to presidents and representatives. For others, simply voting is the way we have expressed our support for ideas and leaders. Despite occasional periods of engagement, in our daily...
Real work of change, commitment is just beginning

Real work of change, commitment is just beginning

(Editor’s note: this talk was delivered at the Twisp women’s march on Jan. 21, 2017).   It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work And that when we no longer know which way to go we have come to our real journey The mind...