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No Bad Days
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...
All aboard

All aboard

By Don Nelson The buses are coming. Starting Friday (July 1), the Methow Valley will have regular bus service between Twisp and Winthrop, as well as connecting routes to Okanogan and Pateros. TranGO (Transit for Greater Okanogan), the public transit system which has already been operating in the Okanogan Valley for a year, is extending...
No Bad Days: June 22, 2016

No Bad Days: June 22, 2016

Straight outta Mazama After a challenging process of interviewing several promising applicants, when I asked Mandi Smith Donohue to become the Mazama correspondent for our Valley Life page she had a typical comeback. “I thought you liked me,” she said in mock horror at the offer, as if I were asking her to do something...
A new life for ‘Living with Alzheimer’s’

A new life for ‘Living with Alzheimer’s’

By Don Nelson Don Reddington has graciously taken us along on a personal, often painful journey that he knows has a certain end. With humility, courage, humor and remarkable resiliency, Don has let us share his private confrontation with Alzheimer’s disease as it gradually erodes his cognitive essence. Don and his wife, Ginger, have never...
Filling a hole

Filling a hole

By Don Nelson It’s going to take a while to get used to that empty lot on Riverside Avenue in Winthrop where the old house that was most recently home to Arrowleaf Bistro once stood. It’s a startling gap in a familiar streetscape, likely to surprise people who haven’t visited in some time. After the...