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OPINION
Drawing them in

Drawing them in

By Don Nelson The splendor that is Paris, the grandeur that is Rome, the (fill in the blank) that is Twisp — the valley’s largest community seems continuously in search of a marketable identity. I think Twisp already has one. The challenge is how to capitalize on it. Not to off-put the Winthropians, whom I like lot,...
Letters to the editor: April 27, 2016

Letters to the editor: April 27, 2016

Good to see Dear Editor: Nice to see some smoke in the air from U.S. Forest Service prescribed burning. Good for forest health and for protection of human habitat too. And yes, of course, smaller amounts now are part of reducing the future likelihood of heavy and long-lasting smoke episodes from uncontrolled wildfire. Susan Crampton, Twisp/Winthrop...
Commissioners waste taxpayer money on federal land takeover schemes

Commissioners waste taxpayer money on federal land takeover schemes

By Isabelle Spohn We should all have paid attention when Okanogan County Commissioner DeTro announced plans by the commissioners and the other “Quad Counties” to the press (May 27, 2014). We didn’t realize that county taxpayers would be financing their personal dreams and agendas. We blew it off, and now we are paying the price....
Editorials: April 13, 2016

Editorials: April 13, 2016

Clearing the air It’s an odd coincidence that two big stories this week, both of them good news for the Methow Valley, involve aircraft — those that will be coming here, and those that won’t (see stories on page A1). First, the U.S. Army announced that it was withdrawing a proposal to conduct helicopter pilot training exercises...
Letters to the editor: April 13, 2016

Letters to the editor: April 13, 2016

Loved Oklahoma! Dear Editor: I would like to give a shout out to Nadine Van Hees, her cast and crew and the Methow Valley Community Theater who put on a wonderfully entertaining evening of Oklahoma! Kudos to Nadine, who attracted the talent, and above all their dedication and commitment for two-and-a-half months or more to...
Not exactly the Oval Office

Not exactly the Oval Office

By Don Nelson I’ve been trying to figure out what it means to be presidential, never having had to adopt a demeanor appropriate to the title before. Now that my name and the word “president” are, in some circles, directly associated, I suppose I should try to act like one. It’s not like I’m going...
Letters to the editor: April 6, 2016

Letters to the editor: April 6, 2016

Thanks from Knowledge Bowl team Dear Editor: On behalf of the Liberty Bell High School Knowledge Bowl team, I’d like to thank several organizations and people that have supported us this past year. Each year the Methow Valley School District administration, staff and board members donate their time to be readers, judges and timers at...
Help prevent copper mining efforts  in the Methow headwaters

Help prevent copper mining efforts in the Methow headwaters

The Methow Valley is a wonderfully diverse place. Ranches and farms create the valley’s working landscape, a large trail system and surrounding wilderness areas contribute recreational opportunities and economic vitality, and public lands support critical fish …
In the aftermath

In the aftermath

By Don Nelson There are many things one could say about the recent pellet gun incident at Methow Valley Elementary School — and most of them are being said, if local reaction is an indicator. A sixth-grade student brought an airsoft pellet gun into the school inside his backpack. After a student alerted Principal Bob Winters about the...
Letters to the editor: March 30, 2016

Letters to the editor: March 30, 2016

Don’t disregard needs Dear Editor: Moving the Omak juvenile detention facility to a psychiatric prison outside of Spokane disregards the needs of vulnerable Okanogan children in several ways: • State laws mandate that these marginalized children remain in their communities whenever possible. We have a civic and legal responsibility to take care of our own...