Today is Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

OPINION
Another day, another year

Another day, another year

By Don Nelson Two more weeks. Sure, flipping the calendar on Jan. 1 puts us only one day beyond Dec. 31. Same continuum, possibly with a hangover. But somehow, the impending arrival of 2015 feels like a welcome new start — if only because we’ll finally be able to say that nothing else happened in 2014, the...
Letters to the editor: Dec. 17, 2014

Letters to the editor: Dec. 17, 2014

Will recall be necessary? Dear Editor: My dismay has only increased after the performance by Okanogan County Fire District 6 Commissioners Roy Reiber and Darold Brandenburg at the Dec. 8 meeting. The taxpayers have spoken, and have been summarily ignored. District 6 commissioners are supposed to represent the folks who put them in office, not...
No Bad Days

No Bad Days

By Don Nelson Trial by Fire on track It’s taking us a little longer than originally planned to put together our Trial by Fire publication, which will chronicle the Methow Valley’s summer of challenges. We now plan to publish it with the Dec. 24 issue of the newspaper. Because of the Christmas holiday that week,...
Letters to the editor: Dec. 10, 2014

Letters to the editor: Dec. 10, 2014

Gutting the comp plan Dear Editor: I first came to the Methow Valley 40-odd years ago to do fire research. Part of my job was to digitize every extant fire map of the area, and it quickly became clear to me that, to paraphrase Keynes, in the long run we are all toast. Anybody who...

Legislature, governor should support wildlife and rec funding

By Gary Schalla As we approach the holiday season, there is no better time than now to start thinking about the state budget. Don’t believe me? We have a fast-approaching opportunity to secure abundant gifts for our children and grandchildren if our elected officials commit robust funding for the outdoors. The counties of North Central...

CORRECTION

  The Methow column on the Valley Life page of Nov. 26 incorrectly described Carolee Spaulding’s position with the U.S. Forest Service. She was a business management assistant, purchasing agent and financial assistant. The News regrets the error.
Clearing the air

Clearing the air

After the election, the letters to the editor, the talk on the street and comments at last week’s meeting of the Okanogan County Fire District 6 commissioners, it would be helpful if everyone associated with the district understood this loud and clear message from the public: It’s not about the firefighters. It’s about the fire...
Letters to the editor: Dec. 3, 2014

Letters to the editor: Dec. 3, 2014

A snow blower lesson Dear Editor: To my fellow snow country folks: Now that it looks like winter has begun to settle in, I feel moved to pass on some annual advice. Twenty years ago this month I had a moment of brain-deadness and ended up turning off a snow blower with my left hand,...
Why no mention of wildfire in county’s comp plan?

Why no mention of wildfire in county’s comp plan?

By Isabelle Spohn Following the events of this summer, why would our county now adopt a comprehensive plan that doesn’t even mention the words “wildfire” or “landslide” and withdraws the previous incorporation of Okanogan County’s 2013 Community Wildfire Protection Plan, agreed upon since 2006 by over 50 agencies, county departments and citizens?   Considering that...
Uncommon gratitude

Uncommon gratitude

By Don Nelson When it seemed the fires were finally contained, a lot of folks said that the burning would not really be extinguished until snow fell. So, count the sudden onset of winter over the past weekend as one of the things to be thankful for this holiday season. May the last Carlton Complex...