Today is Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

OPINION
Measles madness reduces community’s immunity

Measles madness reduces community’s immunity

Every day nearly 400 people die of measles worldwide, mostly small children, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In 2013, says the WHO, measles killed 145,700 people. Measles can cause blindness, deafness, encephalitis and pneumonia. Happily, transmission of this highly contagious, airborne virus is preventable. In the United States, measles actually was declared eradicated...
Letters to the editor: Feb. 25, 2015

Letters to the editor: Feb. 25, 2015

Creator’s mandate Dear Editor: Christ’s ordination of creation’s first marriage is our Creator’s first mandate to humankind. “From the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife and they twain shall be one flesh: So then they...
Year-long inquiry into IB possibilities, more work to be done

Year-long inquiry into IB possibilities, more work to be done

By Anne Andersen and Deborah DeKalb What do we mean by a comprehensive instructional framework? What should it include? How should an education framework reflect the values of the Methow Valley? How can it meet the needs of our diverse group of students? These were the kinds of questions that came up in district discussions...
Wavering on Westernization

Wavering on Westernization

By Don Nelson Does Winthrop have the will to remain Western? The question came up again — as it has several times since I arrived here nearly four years ago — at last week’s Town Council meeting. Craig Lints, former owner of the River Run Inn, told the council he has seen a steady deterioration in enforcement or even...
Letters to the editor: Feb. 18, 2015

Letters to the editor: Feb. 18, 2015

A nice ‘welcome back’ Dear Editor: The valley gave a rousing “welcome back” to the Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival this weekend at our sold-out Valentine’s concert at The Merc Playhouse. I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who helped make the concert such a sparkling success: Missi Smith and the staff at...

CORRECTION

An article about the Okanogan County Public Utility District’s deliberations on Enloe Dam described a potential change of water rights that could provide 4,000 gallons of water for irrigation. The amount should have been 4,000 acre-feet. An acre-foot is the volume of water that would cover an acre to a depth of one foot (about...
The comprehensive view

The comprehensive view

By Don Nelson For a small town with only about 400 residents and covering a little more than 500 acres, Winthrop is a complicated place. There’s the downtown commercial core, where the heart of Winthrop’s Westernization theme beats. There are other commercial areas along Highway 20 and adjacent to downtown. There is an industrial zone....
Where the power lies

Where the power lies

Are we are at “acceptance” yet? In the long legal and philosophical battle over the Okanogan County Public Utility District’s proposed new powerline from Pateros to Twisp, the remaining option seems to be “get used to it.” The Washington Supreme Court’s recent decision that the utility has the authority to condemn state land to build...
Letters to the editor: Feb. 11, 2015

Letters to the editor: Feb. 11, 2015

Great response Dear Editor: For over 20 years our group of friends have enjoyed skiing the Rendezvous huts and valley trails of the beautiful Methow Valley. This year as we skied up the Rendezvous trails last week, one of our group, Steve, had a heart attack while approaching Gardner Hut. Upon calling the Rendezvous Trails...

Correction

An article in last week’s Methow Valley News (Jan. 28) about the Okanogan County Transit Authority (OCTA) had a misleading headline that implied OCTA would begin providing bus service in the Methow Valley in July. The new transit authority will begin providing its first bus service in July in the Okanogan Valley, when it begins operating...