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Awareness keeps prostate cancer in perspective

Awareness keeps prostate cancer in perspective

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and I am here to make you aware. Not long ago, the best-selling author Vince Flynn died after battling Stage III prostate cancer for several years. He was 47. I know of Flynn because he lived in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, where I spent many years, and I’ve...
Imagining the ‘what ifs’

Imagining the ‘what ifs’

By Don Nelson I don’t spend a lot of time with “what ifs,” especially the backward-looking kind that involve speculation about how things would be different if they had gone differently. Waste of time. What’s the point? Things turned out how they did, and that’s that. Except, that is, when the “what ifs” evoke powerful...
Bossy behavior

Bossy behavior

Last Saturday I was sitting on the couch at my cabin up the West Chewuch Road when I heard the loud, unmistakable bawl of a baffled or belligerent cow. It came from about three feet away, just outside my window, close enough that I could get splattered with cow snot. I was startled not just...
Amazon-izing the news

Amazon-izing the news

By Don Nelson Out here in the communications boondocks, where broadband access is not a certainty and people still read printed products, we tend to watch developments in the newspaper industry with a combination of fascination, dread and appreciation for our distance from the major markets. Digital devotees have already consigned us – meaning newspapers,...
What's the story?

What’s the story?

By Don Nelson I came across a mystery – at least to me – last week while driving back down to the valley floor after hiking to the top of Goat Peak (it was gorgeous, and Lighting Bill Austin showed us his new acoustic guitar). At the Goat Wall overlook on U.S. Forest Service Road...
July 31, 2013

July 31, 2013

By DON NELSON Museum pieces A couple of weekends ago I dropped by the Shafer Museum in Winthrop because I hadn’t been there for a while, and because I love delving deeper into the valley’s fascinating history (it can only be absorbed and retained over time, I’ve learned). It was a scorching day and not...
July 17, 2013

July 17, 2013

A worthy celebration By DON NELSON It’s fair to say that the Confluence Gallery & Art Center is largely responsible for my being here. Back more than a decade ago, when there was still a small cafe attached to the gallery in Twisp, Jacqui and I were having a nice lunch after taking in the...
July 3, 2013

July 3, 2013

New website gives us room to grow online   I’m not going to trot out a “giving birth” analogy, but there was a lot of labor involved in bringing our new website to life. We quietly launched the site last week without fanfare, sort of a live beta test, to see how it worked and...
June 26, 2013

June 26, 2013

BY DON NELSON A few small changes When I purchased the Methow Valley News a couple of years ago, some folks noted that I was buying myself a job. Actually, it was at least two jobs. It’s not uncommon at small weeklies for the publisher and editor to be the same person, but I was...
June 12, 2013

June 12, 2013

BY DON NELSON School colors  You need a lot of self-confidence, individually and as a group, to paint a water tower pink. Especially when you know it’s going to stay pink for a while, and it will be startlingly pink from miles away all that time, and you will always be identified with the pink...