Today is Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

OPINION
Tell us your summer of 2014 story

Tell us your summer of 2014 story

By Don Nelson The Methow Valley’s big story of 2014 really is made up of hundreds of small stories — human moments of loss, fear, struggle, sacrifice, bravery, innovation, perseverance, generosity, faith and hope as the fires and floods swept through our beautiful home. Taken together, all those threads of what happened here this summer can, with...
Letters to the editor: September 24, 2014

Letters to the editor: September 24, 2014

What are they doing? Dear Editor: I question what the purpose of the U.S. Forest Service, Methow Valley Ranger District is. I have heard it is to maintain the forest in a healthy state so the recreating public can enjoy getting back to nature. Well, one can say that the way they maintain the beauty...
Deliver us from our ‘misteakes’

Deliver us from our ‘misteakes’

The most alarming news of the month, if you ask me, is that Robo Brain, a “super-intelligent” robotic brain, is about to be turned loose on the world. Shades of the classic sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey and Hal, the malevolent computer! But why not, you say? Given the follies our own brains lead...
Letters to the editor: September 17, 2014

Letters to the editor: September 17, 2014

Learn about fire safety Dear Editor: With the recent fires in the valley, it’s time that we all reevaluate our position regarding fire safety. The fact is, we are all living in a very fire-prone area with many urban/wildland interfaces. It’s time that we start taking appropriate action within our community and sub-communities to promote...
Best of times, worst of times

Best of times, worst of times

By Don Nelson Believe it or not, 2014 could be a record year for Methow Valley tourism by one indicator. At a joint meeting of the Twisp and Winthrop chambers of commerce last week, local business owners got an update on hurry-up marketing campaigns and long-term recovery efforts aimed at mitigating the effects of fire,...
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.