Today is Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016

No Bad Days
Say ‘hi’ to Sarah

Say ‘hi’ to Sarah

By Don Nelson This week we introduce our new Twisp columnist for the Valley Life page, Sarah Schrock. She provides a bit of self-introduction on page B6. Sarah succeeds Sally Gracie, who held down the Twisp spot on our back page for 15 years. Sarah has lived in Twisp for eight years. She and her...
Saluting Sally

Saluting Sally

The tradition of community correspondents filing weekly reports from various parts of the Methow Valley goes back for decades in this newspaper. Grab a bound volume of newspapers from 10, 20, 30 years ago and you’ll find the authors’ names and faces attached to the weekly missives from Mazama, Winthrop, Twisp and points south along...
The predictable, and the less-so

The predictable, and the less-so

By Don Nelson Maybe it’s just inevitable. We began 2015 talking about how much snow we had, we’ll start 2016 talking about how much snow we have, and we’ll spend a lot of time the next 12 months talking about how much snow we need — in other words, the same conversation we’ve been having since people...
Our next chapter

Our next chapter

By Don Nelson There’s been no official announcement, but the Methow Valley’s efficient rumor mill being what it is, now’s as good a time as any to confirm that the Methow Valley News will be moving early next year. But not far. We will relocate to a building on the TwispWorks campus that, most recently,...
No Bad Days, Dec. 9, 2015

No Bad Days, Dec. 9, 2015

By Don Nelson Make it a ‘green’ Christmas Some things bear repeating, some things should go without saying. Our annual exhortation to do as much of your holiday shopping as possible with valley merchants falls into both categories. We are all part of an interdependent economy here in the Methow, relying not only on visitors...
Telling details

Telling details

By Don Nelson It’s not easy reading. A preliminary report on the deaths of three firefighters in the Twisp River Fire last summer was recently published by the U.S. Forest Service and Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). As someone who has often reported on and written about terrible events in my journalism career, I...
Bringing history back to life

Bringing history back to life

By Don Nelson People who, like me, love to read about the history of the Methow Valley will likely be eager to buy a “new” book — if a volume published a century ago can be considered new — as a Christmas present to themselves. They also many be motivated to buy copies of Seven Years on the Pacific...
A new view

A new view

By Don Nelson We can stop calling it the “hanging hut.” Just as the first serious snow of the season began to pile up, the unassuming little cabin retreated from the brow of Flagg Mountain this week as if it were going into hibernation for the winter. It won’t re-emerge in the spring. The cabin...
Where are the adults?

Where are the adults?

It’s the politician’s favorite fallback when things get difficult: blame the media, especially the “liberal media,” for the foibles plaguing their campaign or tenure in office. We in the news business often end up being the punching bags for people who don’t have the self-awareness, intellectual honesty or common decency to recognize (and admit) their...
I’m just watching

I’m just watching

By Don Nelson There are a lot of things I’m not good at. Among them is prognosticating, predicting or speculating about election outcomes. I’ve been wrong often enough to keep most of my thoughts to myself, or at least out of print. What I’ve learned is that whatever the surface noise around a ballot issue...