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OPINION
Letters to the editor: March 18, 2015

Letters to the editor: March 18, 2015

Thanks for the help Dear Editor: A special thanks to goes out to Aaron Studen and his staff at Twisp River Pub. On March 10, they cooked and served a dinner organized by myself, benefiting Trusting Spirit Horse Rescue in Orondo and Susan Davis’ barn project. Betty Wagoner, Twisp Too much glass Dear Editor: In the...
Let the sunshine in

Let the sunshine in

By Don Nelson It’s Sunshine Week again, and I’m not talking about our spring-like weather. To explain Sunshine Week, an annual nationwide event that started more than a dozen years ago, it’s perhaps more efficient to offer this description from the organization’s website (http://sunshineweek.org): “Sunshine Week is about the public’s right to know what its...
Open government: take it personally

Open government: take it personally

By Brian J. Hunhoff Don’t take it personally? That’s usually good advice, but today we urge the opposite reaction to all government bodies operating in the shadows, purposely avoiding public scrutiny and genuine transparency. In other words, take closed government personally. Please! Take it personally when a reporter is kicked out of a city council...

CORRECTIONS

A story about Enloe Dam in the March 11 edition provided an incorrect amount for the estimated cost of a sediment study. The study is expected to cost $70,000, not $70 million. The names of Rick Swanson and Jeremy Newman were misspelled in an article in the Methow Home supplement published March 11.
Revoking no-spray agreements another example of county’s antagonism

Revoking no-spray agreements another example of county’s antagonism

By Sam Lucy As spring hillsides melt to green, robins sing and water (thankfully for the Okanogan) flows, some awaken their thoughts to fresh earth, sweet-life smells, and growing things. For others, thoughts turn to spraying. Several important issues face Methow Valley residents this spring. Environmental challenges and concerns here have only been compounded by...
In the weed patch

In the weed patch

Sometimes it seems like county government just can’t help contradicting itself, which would be perversely comical if it didn’t affect people’s lives. From a board of county commissioners that rails against what it sees as precipitous, unchallengeable state or federal actions that are taken with no regard to local concerns comes this gem: cancellation of...
Letters to the editor: March 11, 2015

Letters to the editor: March 11, 2015

Doc says thanks Dear Editor: As of March 1, I no longer work at The Country Clinic in Winthrop. It was a hard decision to leave. I first saw patients at The Country Clinic in February 2005, covering for Dr. Ann Diamond when she volunteered in Thailand in the wake of the tsunami. My family...

CORRECTION

 An article in the Feb. 25 issue incorrectly reported the date that former Deputy Marshal Mark Harreus began working for the Town of Winthrop. Harreus joined the department on Oct. 18. The News regrets the error.
A learning process

A learning process

Please, everyone: Just. Calm. Down. As more information has emerged about the International Baccalaureate (IB) program that the Methow Valley School might — might — elect to pursue after a lot more exploration and discussion, it seems that some kind of Internet hysteria has gripped a portion of the valley’s population. Online discussions have generated some good questions about...
Letters to the editor: March 4, 2015

Letters to the editor: March 4, 2015

Concerns about levies Dear Editor: Yes, the local schools need to be improved and certain deficiencies need to be fixed. But the bottom line is that no matter how much more money we putting in this “bottomless well,” it could swallow all of it and much more. The proposed levy request should be audited by...