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OPINION

CORRECTION

A Nov. 12 article about a Cascadia concert incorrectly identified the conductors of the Pipestone and Okanogan Valley orchestras. Tara Kaiyala Weaver is conductor of the Pipestone Orchestra and Don Pearce is conductor of the Okanogan Valley Orchestra. The News regrets the error.
Keep it in the valley

Keep it in the valley

By Don Nelson We say it every year, and mean it, but this year we really mean it: Please spend as many of your gift-giving dollars as you can in the Methow Valley this holiday season. There are many ways to help our local economy recover from the setbacks of summer, but none more direct...
Letters to the editor: Nov. 19, 2014

Letters to the editor: Nov. 19, 2014

Grateful for response Dear Editor: Tapani Inc. recently experienced a serious injury to our employee KC Talaro, who was working on the irrigation canal job north of Twisp. While cutting trees along the irrigation canal, KC was injured when a tree struck him in the chest, causing a very serious injury. Fortunately, one of the...
Dead trees are part of forest’s life cycle

Dead trees are part of forest’s life cycle

By Ken Bevis When forests burn, trees die. It’s a fact. Particularly in hot fires in dense fuels — cambium cooks and needles fry. Conifers are particularly flammable and can go up in a spectacular crown fire. The resulting sea of black dead stems causes some people to think we must do something immediately. Not so fast....
Letters to the editor: Nov. 12, 2014

Letters to the editor: Nov. 12, 2014

A few new tricks? Dear Editor: I spent this past Halloween walking up and down the main street of Winthrop with my trick-or-treater, and then headed up Bridge Street to see what goodies could be found. Mostly it was dark. There were homes that had a porch light on, but no one was home (or...
Burning questions

Burning questions

By Don Nelson When the first ballot-counting totals came in from the general election last week, I was somewhat surprised to see that the proposed levy increase by Okanogan County Fire District 6 was trailing, with about 54 percent of the voters saying “no.” I hadn’t make a prediction either way, but I thought the...
Losing our all-star player

Losing our all-star player

By Don Nelson It’s been our pleasure and privilege to work with one of the valley’s most friendly and familiar personalities for the past several years. Mike Maltais, a Methow Valley native who returned in the early 2000s after many years away, already had an accomplished journalism career in television and print when he came...
Letters to the editor: Nov. 5, 2014

Letters to the editor: Nov. 5, 2014

Reconsider the sign Dear Editor: My husband and I are writing to express our strong disagreement, and disappointment, with the Winthrop Town Council over their decision to allow the state to add an electronic sign to our iconic “Welcome to Winthrop/Happy Trails” sign on the north edge of town. Our disagreement with the council is...
Thoughts on telling our stories, and listening to others

Thoughts on telling our stories, and listening to others

By David Asia “The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.” Muriel Rukeyser, The Speed of Darkness, 1968 We love to tell stories. When we can’t tell them aloud, we tell them to ourselves, quietly, in our heads, stories welded together by repetition until the map we have created in our heads begins to breathe...

CORRECTION

The name of golf course architect David McLay Kidd was misspelled in the Valley Life page’s Mazama column in the Oct. 22 issue. The News regrets the error.