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OPINION
Editorials: September 10, 2014

Editorials: September 10, 2014

Getting it right In the aftermath of calamity, there are always questions. Some of them pop up right away, some of them develop over time, all of them arise out of the human need to know how and why something happened and, in some cases, who is responsible. From the beginning of the relentless siege...
Methow’s instant karma’s gonna get you

Methow’s instant karma’s gonna get you

By Don Nelson I’ve about given up trying to explain what I call the “Methow karma,” that mystical web of connections, coincidences and absurdly serendipitous encounters that create a universal community all out of proportion to the valley’s size and population — in defiance of the Methow’s rural remoteness and persistent state of un-discoveredness. I just accept...
Letters to the editor: September 3, 2014

Letters to the editor: September 3, 2014

Rules of the road Dear Editor: There are many miles of back roads in the Methow River drainages; many are beautiful drives in their own right and/or lead to access to more beautiful country. As you drive these roads, please remember you are not the only driver on the road. Drive at a pace comfortable...
Editorials: September 3, 2014

Editorials: September 3, 2014

Needed: big gestures, bold strokes Two of the most important artistic institutions in the valley are looking for new leadership. The timing is strictly coincidental, but the concurrent searches for executive directors at Confluence Gallery & Art Center and The Merc Playhouse come at a crucial juncture for each. Jane Hubrig is leaving The Merc...

CORRECTION

A story about the upcoming academic year at the Methow Valley Community School contained inaccurate information about the grades at the school. Students are currently enrolled through fifth grade, and the school is accepting enrollments up to sixth grade. The News regrets the error.

CORRECTION

Because of a clerical error in the Okanogan County District Court disposition records sent to local news media, some year-old convictions were inadvertently reprinted in recent issues of the News. We were not made aware of the errors by the county until this week and regret any inconveniences caused by the reprinted information.    ...
Reality check in the ‘Magic Methow’

Reality check in the ‘Magic Methow’

So here we are, disoriented, astounded and bereaved. You’d think that having hundreds of homes incinerated in the Carlton Complex’s 250,000-acre firestorm would be quite enough heartbreak. But no. Following hard upon that came a man-made blaze that burned additional homes in the Rising Eagle Road conflagration. Terrific winds followed, triggering more power outages, closing...
Letters to the editor: August 27, 2014

Letters to the editor: August 27, 2014

Wrong priorities Dear Editor: I see in the legal briefs the call for bids to repave Lincoln Street from Twisp Avenue to the park and pool area. I fail to see the priorities on these street repairs. It’s one of the town’s better streets that has no potholes in its driving surface. We have other...
Remembering Mort

Remembering Mort

By Don Nelson Mortee-Anne Banasky took civic involvement seriously. She spent much of the past 30 years since she arrived in Winthrop serving on the Town Council, and was also mayor for a time. That perspective and experience often paid off during council discussions which, as is often the case in small towns, cycled back...
Editorials: Aug. 20, 2014

Editorials: Aug. 20, 2014

Reclaiming the image A cynical person might ask, what can you accomplish with $150,000, against the millions of dollars the Methow Valley tourism industry has lost to the vagaries of wildfire this summer? But just as there are, according to the adage, no atheists on a sinking ship, there likely are few cynics questioning the...