Today is Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

No Bad Days
Keep it in the valley

Keep it in the valley

By Don Nelson We say it every year, and mean it, but this year we really mean it: Please spend as many of your gift-giving dollars as you can in the Methow Valley this holiday season. There are many ways to help our local economy recover from the setbacks of summer, but none more direct...
Burning questions

Burning questions

By Don Nelson When the first ballot-counting totals came in from the general election last week, I was somewhat surprised to see that the proposed levy increase by Okanogan County Fire District 6 was trailing, with about 54 percent of the voters saying “no.” I hadn’t make a prediction either way, but I thought the...
Losing our all-star player

Losing our all-star player

By Don Nelson It’s been our pleasure and privilege to work with one of the valley’s most friendly and familiar personalities for the past several years. Mike Maltais, a Methow Valley native who returned in the early 2000s after many years away, already had an accomplished journalism career in television and print when he came...
Making our own news

Making our own news

By Don Nelson It’s been incredibly gratifying to hear many of you express appreciation for how the News covered all the events that challenged the valley during the summer of 2014 and beyond. I hope I have thanked each of you enough for your kind words. A couple of things we are doing this fall...
Looking under the levy lid

Looking under the levy lid

By Don Nelson I think you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in the Methow Valley who would have anything other than good things to say about the firefighters of Okanogan County Fire District 6, most of whom are volunteers. We know how hard they train, how professionally they respond to fires and other emergencies, how...
The boats of summer

The boats of summer

By Don Nelson The noise was unmistakable, even before I looked to see what was making it. From my room at Campbell’s Resort on Lake Chelan, I instantly recognized the throaty, unmuffled roar of a Rolls Royce aircraft engine (or maybe an Allison) like those used to power unlimited hydroplanes back in the day. That...
Willing to walk a long way for friendship

Willing to walk a long way for friendship

By Don Nelson Randy Montgomery intends to make a lot of friends over the next few years — and spread the idea that we can all get along better if we’ll just make the effort to talk to each other. Montgomery, 62, a former log truck driver from Mount Shasta, California, is in the early stages of...
Tell us your summer of 2014 story

Tell us your summer of 2014 story

By Don Nelson The Methow Valley’s big story of 2014 really is made up of hundreds of small stories — human moments of loss, fear, struggle, sacrifice, bravery, innovation, perseverance, generosity, faith and hope as the fires and floods swept through our beautiful home. Taken together, all those threads of what happened here this summer can, with...
Best of times, worst of times

Best of times, worst of times

By Don Nelson Believe it or not, 2014 could be a record year for Methow Valley tourism by one indicator. At a joint meeting of the Twisp and Winthrop chambers of commerce last week, local business owners got an update on hurry-up marketing campaigns and long-term recovery efforts aimed at mitigating the effects of fire,...
Methow’s instant karma’s gonna get you

Methow’s instant karma’s gonna get you

By Don Nelson I’ve about given up trying to explain what I call the “Methow karma,” that mystical web of connections, coincidences and absurdly serendipitous encounters that create a universal community all out of proportion to the valley’s size and population — in defiance of the Methow’s rural remoteness and persistent state of un-discoveredness. I just accept...