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OPINION
The importance of being Oscar

The importance of being Oscar

By Don Nelson Long before there was Aaron Sorkin, there was Oscar Wilde. Sorkin, creator of “The West Wing” and “The Newsroom” on TV, and screenwriter of A Few Good Men, The American President, The Social Network and Moneyball among others, is notable for his characters’ crisp, witty repartee. Some critics maintain that many of...
Letters to the editor: July 29, 2015

Letters to the editor: July 29, 2015

Rational reaction? Dear Editor: The Okanogan County Public Utility District (PUD) board meeting on July 13 left many of us scratching our heads. After halting the rush toward electrification in order to explore other options last February, the PUD seems to be considering electrification of Enloe Dam once again.  Faced with the high cost of...
WDFW has ceded control of fish recovery in the valley

WDFW has ceded control of fish recovery in the valley

By Gina McCoy The agency entrusted to protect the state’s wildlife, lands and waters is abdicating its responsibilities in the Methow Valley. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has ceded control of its floodplain lands in the Methow Valley to fish recovery groups.  Why is this bad? Because some of the salmon recovery...
Food vs. fire: helping out our local stores and restaurants

Food vs. fire: helping out our local stores and restaurants

By Cece Odell Vicious flames and thick smoke enveloped the Methow Valley in the summer of 2014, causing the loss of over 300 homes. A huge wildfire was started after dry lightning lit the already dry grasses that cover most of eastern Washington. After the first fire started, many others followed along with a major...
Letters to the editor: July 22, 2015

Letters to the editor: July 22, 2015

Assault on the valley Dear Editor: As residents of the Methow Valley, we must object to the proposal for U.S. Army helicopter training in our valley. This valley is very susceptible to noise and air pollution. This training program would have a serious impact on us and our tourism-based economy. This is a quiet and...
We are not a landing zone

We are not a landing zone

Forget the black helicopter jokes and whacko conspiracy theories. What the U.S. Army has in mind for the Methow Valley and a sizable surrounding area is real, a lot scarier and not the least bit funny. The Army wants to substitute the Methow Valley and a substantial swath of North Central Washington for Afghanistan and...
The euro ueber alles

The euro ueber alles

“The European Union has a flag no one salutes, an anthem no one sings, a president no one can name, a parliament whose powers subtract from those of national legislatures, a bureaucracy no one admires or controls, and rules of fiscal rectitude that no one is penalized for ignoring.” — Washington Post columnist George Will...
Then and now

Then and now

By Don Nelson Even now, the fires, floods, slides and storms of 2014 dominate our conversations, our interactions, our community involvement, our personal and professional planning. They shape our sense of expectation, drive our quest for preparedness, alter our concept of “normal.” They bookmark the past, suspend the present in held breaths, and demand reconsideration...
Letters to the editor: July 15, 2015

Letters to the editor: July 15, 2015

Great news on Enloe Dear Editor: Enloe Dam has been out of the news since the “No on Enloe” campaign put its collective foot down last February. It was clearly demonstrated, using PUD estimates, that Enloe dam electrification would lose $1.2 million to $1.7 million annually. The $40 million- to $50 million construction price tag...
Preparedness is a community-wide project

Preparedness is a community-wide project

By Cindy Button Today as I step outside into the heat and smoke, I am taken back to July 16, 2014, when the Cougar Flats and Stokes Road fires gained momentum and roared into the record books as the largest wildfire in Washington state’s history. With fire season fully underway, many of us are asking ourselves...