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OPINION
Putting out a newspaper with a low-tech, high-tech mash-up

Putting out a newspaper with a low-tech, high-tech mash-up

By Don Nelson The feeling of helplessness began to build right after the electricity died and our frail tethers to the world beyond Twisp snapped. The physical reality of power lines burning, roads being closed and everyday goods and services becoming scarce was inconvenient and frustrating. But what left us really drifting and uncertain was...
Letters to the editor: July 23, 2014

Letters to the editor: July 23, 2014

Be brave Dear Editor: I have been watching and reading about the Carlton Complex Fire. I lived in Winthrop in the mid-1990s. I survived the Beaver Creek Fire here in Idaho last year. I was evacuated for about a week. Almost lost my home. The wildland firefighters, air support and all the guys and gals...
Editorials: July 9, 2014

Editorials: July 9, 2014

Thanks, Clint Public service is something of a family tradition for the Estes family of Twisp. Long-time Twisp Town Council member Clint Estes, who recently stepped down after nine years of meetings and countless hours of conversations with residents, followed in his father’s footsteps when he first joined the council. Twisp owes a big “thank...
Letters to the editor: July 9, 2014

Letters to the editor: July 9, 2014

More ATV damage Dear Editor: Ann McCreary did her usual fine job on her “over-snow vehicles” article (July 2) — except she failed to note that snowmobile impacts are not limited to the winter. How can that be? Well, for one example, the Tonasket Ranger District signed a cooperative trail maintenance agreement in about 2008 with one...
Letters to the editor: July 2, 2014

Letters to the editor: July 2, 2014

Thanks for pool support Dear Editor: The Auxiliary of the Eagles put on a delicious fundraiser for Friends of the Pool last weekend. What a wonderful group of people to put on the spaghetti feed. They asked for our list of what needs to be accomplished and said they would see what they can do....
A noteworthy week

A noteworthy week

By Don Nelson     The Methow Valley News “family” lost a couple of its best and brightest this week with the retirement of office manager Marilyn Bardin — who has been training News publishers for more than 20 years — and advertising manager Robin Doggett, who is leaving to spend more time developing her print studio, Door No....
Julia Child was right — fear of fat is fatuous

Julia Child was right — fear of fat is fatuous

“If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” — Julia Child It seems the celebrated chef Julia Child, who taught Americans French cooking, has been vindicated. An unabashed champion of butter and other fats, Child died two days before her 92nd birthday in 2004. “Fat gives things flavor,” she said. She was cheerfully contemptuous of diet food:...
Editorials: June 25, 2014

Editorials: June 25, 2014

Reading the signs Good intentions don’t always result in good policy or good practice. The Town of Winthrop is trying to sort that out up on Bridge and Bluff streets, where Mike Kutz and Anna Rogers opened the six-unit Bunkhouse Inn late last year. Kutz had asked for and received approval to put signs up...
Letters to the editor: June 25, 2014

Letters to the editor: June 25, 2014

Continuing disdain Dear Editor: I almost thought it was April 1 when I read Solveig Torvik’s column “Of mice and books.” Warning labels on books that might be thought-provoking and cause discomfort? That would be as ridiculous as prohibiting the teaching of critical thinking skills in school. Oops, wait a minute. The Texas Republican party...
Editorial: June 18, 2014

Editorial: June 18, 2014

Double vision If you think about it — and like it or not, you probably should—November isn’t that far away. At the general election on Nov. 5 …