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Good friends in important places

Good friends in important places

By Don Nelson When you’re dealing with the “other Washington” from our side of the continent you can never be quite sure how it will turn out. Wading into the swamp of Congressional-level politics can be a perilous venture even for those who know where the trails lead. So last week’s locally important news out...
The ‘statement’ comes due

The ‘statement’ comes due

By Don Nelson I don’t see much positive coming out of Okanogan County Commissioner Jim DeTro’s recent ATV foray into Winthrop from Conconully with a group of friends who journeyed over some off-limit roads and parked in town to make a point. DeTro told me, in an amiable conversation, that he was trying to make...
Reason to celebrate

Reason to celebrate

By Don Nelson I first started paying attention to the Methow Valley Citizens Council MVCC) in the mid-1990s when I was editor of the Puget Sound Business Journal in Seattle, for a couple of reasons: Seattle interests were involved, and I was already a Methow devotee. By that time, MVCC was already a battle-hardened teenager...
Idling thoughts

Idling thoughts

By Don Nelson While I was part of the motorized throng inching through the four-way stop in Winthrop this past weekend, a Yogi Berra-ism occurred to me: “Nobody goes there nowadays. It’s too crowded.” It wasn’t the first time I’ve wondered whether the Methow Valley’s enduring popularity with all kinds of summer visitors might have...
Finishing ‘The Reddington Project’

Finishing ‘The Reddington Project’

By Don Nelson Many people put an extraordinary amount of thought and effort into the production of “Living With Alzheimer’s: The Reddington Project,” the magazine-style special publication included in this week’s Methow Valley News. But nobody made a bigger personal commitment to the project than Don and Ginger Reddington, whose willingness to invite us into...
Maintaining control

Maintaining control

By Don Nelson Motorcyclists love the North Cascades Highway. It’s scenic, it’s a fun ride, and can be a manageable segment of an extended day trip for groups or individuals. For those coming from the west side, Winthrop is a great place to stop or stay the night. It seems like there are more motorcycles...
Reflecting on Aug. 19

Reflecting on Aug. 19

By Don Nelson I doubt there are many souls in the Methow who haven’t already had a thought or two — privately kept or quietly shared — about the significance of Aug. 19 in the valley’s collective consciousness. It was just a year ago this Friday that three firefighters died in the Twisp River Fire, including Methow Valley native...
#mediascum

#mediascum

By Don Nelson Maybe it’s just petty professional jealousy, but I’m feeling left out. I know, I’m only an insignificant small-town newspaper editor in a rural, out-of-the-way corner of the country, plodding away at chronicling local news and events. A media nobody. Meanwhile, my big-city, big-newspaper, big-network and big-website journalism colleagues are having the time...
‘The Don Reddington Project’ coming soon

‘The Don Reddington Project’ coming soon

By Don Nelson For all of you who have been asking about when we will publish “Living With Alzheimer’s: The Don Reddington Project,” we now have an answer. The magazine-style publication will be included in the Aug. 31 issue of the Methow Valley News, and then will be widely distributed both locally and beyond the...
Another year in the books

Another year in the books

By Don Nelson It started with a parade. Five years ago this week I took over as publisher and editor of the Methow Valley News on our nation’s birthday, and on Monday I watched my sixth Fourth of July parade (do the math). Ponderous reflection is inevitable on such occasions, and I’ve written something about...