Today is Friday, May. 22, 2015

OPINION
Letters to the editor: May 20, 2015

Letters to the editor: May 20, 2015

Time for a conversation Dear Editor: When I was a kid, we played with cap pistols. And, since I grew up in the Alaskan bush, I was a good shot with a .22 by the time I was 10. We kept loaded guns in the mess hall because my father ran a profitable placer mine....
The day the mountain went away

The day the mountain went away

By Don Nelson It’s become one of those moments — you have to be old enough, and recall exactly where you were, and in some cases have actually experienced it, to claim a bond with something epically memorable, the Kennedy assassination being the classic example. I can cite all three qualifiers for the historic (meaning, humans were...
Editorials: May 13, 2015

Editorials: May 13, 2015

Can’t be too careful Some troubling things we typically think happen only elsewhere can, we have learned too often, happen here as well. Last week’s article about an elementary school student who fired a toy cap gun on a Methow Valley School District bus was a reminder that our community isn’t immune to such incidents,...
Letters to the editor: May 13, 2015

Letters to the editor: May 13, 2015

Thanks for generosity Dear Editor: We wish to thank the individuals and business owners who donated certificates and merchandise to the benefit at the Methow Valley Eagles for the Richard Edwards family. The benefit was a great success and your generosity is appreciated. Judy Caputo, Methow Valley Eagles   PREVIOUS LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

CORRECTION

An article about the interview process for a new Methow Valley Elementary School principal gave an incorrect time for the public forum where community members can meet the finalists. It is Wednesday (May 6) at 6 p.m. in the Elementary School library, not at 7:30 p.m. Childcare will be provided. The News regrets the error....
Some thoughts about school reform

Some thoughts about school reform

By David Asia Contentious community talk is how we know spring has finally come to the Methow (it used to be that and the Pinestump). This year, the issues that have lit up the bulletin board and letters to the editor have to do with education — which can be a good thing. We have been asked...
Letters to the editor: May 6, 2015

Letters to the editor: May 6, 2015

Thanks from Edwards family Dear Editor: This is for the Methow Valley and beyond, to whom we give credit for all the blessings that have been bestowed upon us. As most of you know, Richard Edwards was diagnosed on Jan. 26 with leukemia and was transported straight to the University of Washington hospital. Leukemia has...
The firestorm next time: are you ready?

The firestorm next time: are you ready?

Here we are in the fire-scarred Methow, warming up for what experts predict will be another highly dangerous wildfire season, perhaps starting as early as June. What will be done differently this time? Next to nothing. There is one exception. But first, a reality check: Where are we with fire protection? Recently, Washington Department of...
An all-in community

An all-in community

By Don Nelson On the good news front, several of last week’s events were not only upbeat but also reaffirmed the characteristics we like most about this community — its generosity, width and depth of citizen involvement, and enlightened self-interest. Methow Valley School District residents — and that pretty much encompasses all of us — approved two tax levies that will...
Big news for us

Big news for us

By Don Nelson Journalism awards are a bit incestuous and self-congratulatory, in that most awards programs are administered and judged by other journalists. I suppose that is the case in other professions as well (I doubt that doctors or lawyers would ask insurance agents or airline pilots to bestow awards in the medical and legal...