Today is Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015

No Bad Days
Battling the barrage

Battling the barrage

By Don Nelson The other day in the Evergreen IGA I ran into Tom and Sonya Campion, two of the valley’s most ardent supporters and benefactors, and we got to talking about the U.S. Army’s proposal to conduct mountain training exercises with helicopters in North Central Washington, including the Methow Valley and its recreational environs....
The importance of being Oscar

The importance of being Oscar

By Don Nelson Long before there was Aaron Sorkin, there was Oscar Wilde. Sorkin, creator of “The West Wing” and “The Newsroom” on TV, and screenwriter of A Few Good Men, The American President, The Social Network and Moneyball among others, is notable for his characters’ crisp, witty repartee. Some critics maintain that many of...
Then and now

Then and now

By Don Nelson Even now, the fires, floods, slides and storms of 2014 dominate our conversations, our interactions, our community involvement, our personal and professional planning. They shape our sense of expectation, drive our quest for preparedness, alter our concept of “normal.” They bookmark the past, suspend the present in held breaths, and demand reconsideration...
Still feeling it

Still feeling it

By Don Nelson Next week we will publish a special one-year anniversary issue marking the onset of the Carlton Complex Fire. It’s an odd word to use, anniversary, because it suggests something celebratory, which is hardly what any of us have in mind. Shall we instead commemorate? Still sounds too ceremonial, almost congratulatory — nice goin’, Carlton...
Long answer to a short question

Long answer to a short question

By Don Nelson I can’t even think of enough clichés — and I know a lot of them — to answer friendly questions about how I’m doing four years into my tenure as publisher of the Methow Valley News. Lots of people ask — friends, family, valley residents, visitors, professional colleagues — and I believe they genuinely want to how things are. My...
A lot on our mind

A lot on our mind

By Don Nelson The new parking lot planned for the northeast corner of the Mazama junction is, for most of us, still a two-dimensional conceptual thing that is a little difficult to visualize. But it is possible to discern the general form of the Mazama Corral parking lot being developed by Methow Trails in conjunction...
Ahead of schedule

Ahead of schedule

By Don Nelson It’s been a disorienting spring. Everything seems to be a month early. The North Cascades Highway opened the first week of April, which led to an early surge of tourism. Not that I mind, but I’m not used to seeing that many visitors in April and May. It’s a good harbinger for...
Making economic development mean something

Making economic development mean something

By Don Nelson This week, people from all over the Methow are being invited to gather and talk about economic development possibilities for the valley. In two public meetings sponsored jointly by the Twisp and Winthrop chambers of commerce, residents are being asked to imagine what the valley might look like if we can come...
The day the mountain went away

The day the mountain went away

By Don Nelson It’s become one of those moments — you have to be old enough, and recall exactly where you were, and in some cases have actually experienced it, to claim a bond with something epically memorable, the Kennedy assassination being the classic example. I can cite all three qualifiers for the historic (meaning, humans were...
An all-in community

An all-in community

By Don Nelson On the good news front, several of last week’s events were not only upbeat but also reaffirmed the characteristics we like most about this community — its generosity, width and depth of citizen involvement, and enlightened self-interest. Methow Valley School District residents — and that pretty much encompasses all of us — approved two tax levies that will...