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OPINION
No Bad Days: June 22, 2016

No Bad Days: June 22, 2016

Straight outta Mazama After a challenging process of interviewing several promising applicants, when I asked Mandi Smith Donohue to become the Mazama correspondent for our Valley Life page she had a typical comeback. “I thought you liked me,” she said in mock horror at the offer, as if I were asking her to do something...
Letters to the editor: June 22, 2016

Letters to the editor: June 22, 2016

Grateful to community Dear Editor Nearly two years after the devastating Carlton Complex Fire, we can all celebrate the rebuilding of our neighbors’ lives, the continual recovery of our infrastructure, and a more-prepared, resilient community. Room One is proud to be a part of the countywide recovery effort and to have helped meet the needs...
Editorials: June 15, 2016

Editorials: June 15, 2016

A matter of choice Incumbents should never go unchallenged, at any electoral level from cemetery district on up. Nice principle to evoke, but it usually doesn’t work out that way in a lot of local elections, or sometimes at higher levels when conventional wisdom is that the current office holder just can’t be unseated. Conventional...
Letters to the editor: June 15, 2016

Letters to the editor: June 15, 2016

Support needed Dear Editor: The recent legislation to protect the Methow headwaters from development of a copper mine shows the power we have when our community comes together. As has occurred with past threats, the Methow community has united to protect our way of life, our economy and the landscape that we love from the...
A new life for ‘Living with Alzheimer’s’

A new life for ‘Living with Alzheimer’s’

By Don Nelson Don Reddington has graciously taken us along on a personal, often painful journey that he knows has a certain end. With humility, courage, humor and remarkable resiliency, Don has let us share his private confrontation with Alzheimer’s disease as it gradually erodes his cognitive essence. Don and his wife, Ginger, have never...
Letters to the editor: June 8, 2016

Letters to the editor: June 8, 2016

Supports Enloe decision Dear Editor: Considering the amount of negative input the Okanogan Public Utility District decision has received about restoring the Enloe Dam project, I feel compelled to provide positive support. Even though the cost today per kilowatt-hour may seem expensive, compared to purchasing power on the open market, at least that power generated...
Editorials: June 1, 2016

Editorials: June 1, 2016

Headwaters help It’s difficult to overstate the significance of the state’s two U.S. Senators joining the effort to prevent not just copper exploration but also any future mining in the 340,000-acre Methow Headwaters area. (See story here) Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are co-sponsoring the Methow Headwaters Protection Act of 2016, which would authorize...
Letters to the editor: June 1, 2016

Letters to the editor: June 1, 2016

Thanks from Mazama Dear Editor: On Saturday (May 28), the Mazama Community Club hosted the World Famous Pancake Breakfast, Flea Market and Fun Run. As the novice race director, I had some anxieties about organizing the event, but my worries came to naught and the race(s) came off splendidly. I want to say thanks to...
Filling a hole

Filling a hole

By Don Nelson It’s going to take a while to get used to that empty lot on Riverside Avenue in Winthrop where the old house that was most recently home to Arrowleaf Bistro once stood. It’s a startling gap in a familiar streetscape, likely to surprise people who haven’t visited in some time. After the...
Letters to the editor: May 25, 2016

Letters to the editor: May 25, 2016

Common sense, please Dear Editor: What the heck is going on? Why are Americans allowing men in women’s bathrooms? By subscribing to the idea that we need to make everyone comfortable, we are making the majority very uncomfortable about using public bathrooms. This attitude has already caused problems. For example: A man, posing as a...