Today is Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

OPINION
Our space odyssey

Our space odyssey

By Don Nelson Some things we need are missing. My desk is a mess, and I should be setting a better example. The infrastructure requires a few minor repairs, like the front door that won’t close properly and a few dangly things that need to be secured. There are things cluttering the hallway that should...
Letters to the editor: Feb. 3, 2016

Letters to the editor: Feb. 3, 2016

Consider the science Dear Editor: In the Libby Creek-Buttermilk watersheds of the Methow Valley, the U.S. Forest Service will soon decide on a proposal promoted by the North Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative (NCWFHC) recommending “treatments” implemented in selected areas among 50,000 acres of forest. The net result? Removing 5 million board feet of timber...
Out with the old

Out with the old

By Don Nelson Moving in to a new space always starts with moving out of the old one. We’ve been doing that, as best we can, the past several weeks as we prepare to move the newspaper’s office from 101 N. Glover St. to a building on the TwispWorks campus that was most recently used...
Uncivil society is sown with dark money

Uncivil society is sown with dark money

We’ve reached a strange moment of unity in our nation’s political life: Democrats and Republicans alike admit they’re frightened by the front-running Republican presidential candidates. Many Republicans fear they don’t have a winning candidate. Democrats fear that Republicans do. So who likely has the most to fear here, besides the citizenry? Probably the Republicans who...
Letters to the editor: Jan. 27, 2016

Letters to the editor: Jan. 27, 2016

Thanks for support Dear Editor: We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone near and far who has been supporting our family during our saddest time. We are fortunate to have so many kind and generous people looking out for us. Thanks to all who helped with the memorial service. We couldn’t...
Editorials: Jan. 20, 2016

Editorials: Jan. 20, 2016

Support the levies It’s unfortunate, and a bit misleading, that the Methow Valley School District’s replacement levies on the Feb. 9 ballot are called, well, replacement levies. The levies don’t replace anything in the usual sense. Rather, they extend existing funding sources that the school district would be crippled without. Blame the state Legislature — and not...
Letters to the editor: Jan. 20, 2016

Letters to the editor: Jan. 20, 2016

The gift of education Dear Editor: A quality education is the best gift we can give our children. It is our responsibility, as citizens, to provide this gift by supporting local school levies. The challenge for all school districts is to keep abreast of current technology while maintaining important fundamental skills. Liberty Bell High School,...
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...

CLARIFICATION:

An article about nightly rentals in the Jan. 6 issue provided incomplete information about the effect of proposed changes to the Okanogan County zoning code on nightly rentals. If these changes are approved, a conditional-use permit would be required for a new nightly rental in the Methow Valley School District, from Gold Creek to Mazama....
Letters to the editor: Jan. 13, 2016

Letters to the editor: Jan. 13, 2016

Challenge road closures Dear Editor: Notice to all residents of Okanogan County who like to fish, hunt, picnic or use your recreational vehicles. Your right to access public lands is being eliminated one road at a time. In fact, right now in the south county, 6,000 to 10,000 acres of public access is being lost...