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OPINION
Filling a hole

Filling a hole

By Don Nelson It’s going to take a while to get used to that empty lot on Riverside Avenue in Winthrop where the old house that was most recently home to Arrowleaf Bistro once stood. It’s a startling gap in a familiar streetscape, likely to surprise people who haven’t visited in some time. After the...
Letters to the editor: May 25, 2016

Letters to the editor: May 25, 2016

Common sense, please Dear Editor: What the heck is going on? Why are Americans allowing men in women’s bathrooms? By subscribing to the idea that we need to make everyone comfortable, we are making the majority very uncomfortable about using public bathrooms. This attitude has already caused problems. For example: A man, posing as a...
The Founding Fathers’ nightmare

The Founding Fathers’ nightmare

“I play to people’s fantasies.” –Donald Trump, The Art of the Deal It took 229 years, but one incarnation of the Founding Fathers’ worst nightmare has arrived: Donald Trump. He’s just the sort of charismatic charlatan who surely would have inspired queasiness among the Founders about the wisdom of heaving off a king and crowning...
Accessible public lands key to Methow Valley – and Northwest – economy

Accessible public lands key to Methow Valley – and Northwest – economy

For over 25 years, my company, Zumiez, has brought managers from all over the country to the Methow Valley for an annual training event. Zumiez is a 38-year-old action sports lifestyle retailer based in Seattle. We’ve got stores in four countries and every state in the United States. This year’s event had over 700 Zumiez managers…...
Art at our doorstep

Art at our doorstep

By Don Nelson In 1982, when the Methow Valley News occupied what is now the Tappi restaurant building on Glover Street, publisher Mike Irwin and editor John Bonica (who now owns the building and the restaurant) commissioned local wood carver Bruce Morrison to create an identifying sign for the newspaper. Bruce came up with a...
Letters to the editor: May 18, 2016

Letters to the editor: May 18, 2016

Be responsive Dear Editor: Another meeting about moving juvenile detention services out of the county: On May 10, the Okanogan County Commissioners held another fact-finding meeting with county consortium members that manage Martin Hall. The meeting room was packed with citizens, judges, law enforcement officials, a city mayor, parents, teachers and even a past commissioner,...
Ever mindful

Ever mindful

By Don Nelson Only a couple of years ago, it probably could be said that most of us only occasionally thought about the potential for problematic summer wildfires — after all, we’d had a few big blazes and one tragic fire — but not many of us spent a lot of time worrying about them. Now it seems that...
Letters to the editor: May 11, 2016

Letters to the editor: May 11, 2016

See The Addams Family Dear Editor: For all those who love local theater and who think only the Methow Valley can do it right, I encourage you to get over to the Omak Performing Arts Center for the last weekend of The Addams Family. Everyone in the cast is wonderful, the production values are high,...
Let’s have one state, one vote

Let’s have one state, one vote

Exhausted and dismayed? Pull up your socks and stagger on, people. We’re still six months away from choosing a new president. Why do we persist in doing this to ourselves? How is it that other people choose their leaders in short order, sans fisticuffs and foolishness? What’s the matter with us, anyway? This, partly: Our...
The royal treatment

The royal treatment

By Don Nelson You don’t usually expect royalty to hold court, oversee the realm and do the entertaining as well, but Lauralee Northcott is a special case. The Grand Lady of Winthrop’s 71st annual ’49er Days celebration — her husband, Clayton, is the Grand Marshal — is also a founding member of the Methow Valley’s acclaimed Horse Crazy Cowgirl...