Today is Monday, Aug. 3, 2015

No Bad Days
No slowing down

No slowing down

By Don Nelson We are now less than six months away from what you might call the one-year anniversary of the Carlton Complex Fire, which started its rampage on or about July 14, 2014. So it’s a little unnerving to learn, as we did from reporter Ann McCreary’s story in last week’s issue, that the...
Understanding Alzheimer’s

Understanding Alzheimer’s

By Don Nelson Maybe it’s a frustrating, momentary lapse of recall that you shrug off as a “senior moment.” It could be a prolonged inability to recall something that you have always been able to instantly access, like a name or date. It could be something as simple as staring at a word you have...
Resolved and unresolved

Resolved and unresolved

By Don Nelson There’s hardly anything left to say about 2014, which will be remembered as the year of what happened, while 2015 will be remembered as the year of what came next. We will all be looking at a different Methow Valley landscape — literally and figuratively — come next December. I’m not big on making or suggesting...
Looking back, looking forward

Looking back, looking forward

By Don Nelson This week’s Methow Valley News will involve some heavy lifting. Included in this issue is Trial by Fire, our special magazine-style publication chronicling the Methow summer of 2014, and looking ahead to the valley’s recovery. Trial by Fire represents months of creative thinking, reporting, writing, editing, proofreading, designing and production, as well...
Another day, another year

Another day, another year

By Don Nelson Two more weeks. Sure, flipping the calendar on Jan. 1 puts us only one day beyond Dec. 31. Same continuum, possibly with a hangover. But somehow, the impending arrival of 2015 feels like a welcome new start — if only because we’ll finally be able to say that nothing else happened in 2014, the...
No Bad Days

No Bad Days

By Don Nelson Trial by Fire on track It’s taking us a little longer than originally planned to put together our Trial by Fire publication, which will chronicle the Methow Valley’s summer of challenges. We now plan to publish it with the Dec. 24 issue of the newspaper. Because of the Christmas holiday that week,...
Uncommon gratitude

Uncommon gratitude

By Don Nelson When it seemed the fires were finally contained, a lot of folks said that the burning would not really be extinguished until snow fell. So, count the sudden onset of winter over the past weekend as one of the things to be thankful for this holiday season. May the last Carlton Complex...
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...