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OPINION
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...
Winthrop R&B Festival supports the Methow Valley in many ways

Winthrop R&B Festival supports the Methow Valley in many ways

Submitted by the Winthrop Music Association board of directors For the Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival, as for everyone in the valley, the fires have been a test of our commitment to this community and place. With fire raging east of us, and prevailing southeasterly winds pushing smoke and flames away from the Blues Ranch, the festival...
A memorable visit to the Methow Valley

A memorable visit to the Methow Valley

By Otto Brask My Aunt Marie Cockrell lived in a little house across the road from the Chewack River Ranch, a few miles north of Winthrop. She had this place for free while working as a housekeeper and companion to Mrs. Wagner, whom she had known in Okanogan. There, in the summer of 1954, I...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 20, 2014

Letters to the editor: Aug. 20, 2014

Many disconnects Seems like AT&T wasn’t the only one to suffer a disconnect during the recent fires. The same folks who claim they hate the federal government are eager to receive disaster funds in the multi-millions. The county will take the biggest gains for “infrastructure” repairs and wants more funds for individuals who suffered losses....
Letters to the editor: Aug. 13, 2014

Letters to the editor: Aug. 13, 2014

Much gratitude Dear Editor: The firefighters saved our house on Aug. 1. People I don’t even know risked everything to keep our home safe: firefighters in yellow shirts, and helicopters, and especially the Okanogan Fire District 6 folks who stayed while the fire burned through, and the pilots who hit the bull’s-eye on the flames...
Adapting every day

Adapting every day

By Don Nelson You’ve heard the expression — when someone thinks you should calm down a bit, they might say “take a deep breath.” Well, that’s not going to work. While the major remaining fires affecting the Methow Valley seem not to be directly threatening inhabited areas, they are close enough to cause some discomfort...
Kudos to the Twisp Town Council 

Kudos to the Twisp Town Council 

For nearly three years, wearing my reporter’s hat for methowgrist.com, I’ve observed the deliberations of the Twisp Town Council. It’s been an unexpected pleasure. Let me explain: An appalling portion of my professional life has been spent covering elected officials, from local school boards to the United States Congress. When it comes to how our...
Waiting for a break

Waiting for a break

By Don Nelson The scanner next to my desk crackles almost constantly these days, with fire-related dispatches playing out in bursts of scratchy static and cryptic communication. The terse report I heard last Friday afternoon caught my attention among other hectic messages: a brush fire in the Signal Hill area, threatening a residence. For some...
Letters to the editor: August 6, 2014

Letters to the editor: August 6, 2014

R&B Festival response Dear Editor: Re Mr. Fahnestock’s letter (July 30) regarding the Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival: There were several inaccurate accusations about our festival, and I write to clear them up. • It is false to say the promoters didn’t cancel because of their greed. The festival is a registered nonprofit event. All...
Just being us

Just being us

By Don Nelson Where to begin? How does one adequately catalog, characterize and credit all of the generosity, bravery, selflessness, determination, ingenuity, strength, community spirit, inspiration, patience, endurance and even humor that have sustained this community the past two weeks? It’s almost too risky to compile a list of the good stories, because we’d be...