Today is Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

OPINION
New station a critical need for   District 6 firefighters

New station a critical need for  District 6 firefighters

By Alan Fahnestock Autumn means elections in this fair country of ours. We are, once again, pondering the deep, abiding questions: “Does the pink envelope go inside the yellow one? Or the other way around? Did I put a stamp on it?” This November election is critical for Okanogan County Fire District 6 firefighters. Proposition...
The boats of summer

The boats of summer

By Don Nelson The noise was unmistakable, even before I looked to see what was making it. From my room at Campbell’s Resort on Lake Chelan, I instantly recognized the throaty, unmuffled roar of a Rolls Royce aircraft engine (or maybe an Allison) like those used to power unlimited hydroplanes back in the day. That...

CORRECTIONS:

  The Carlton General Store is open for business every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays. An article in last week’s Methow Valley News incorrectly stated the store is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. The News regrets the error. An article in the Oct. 8 issue about changes in the county’s appeals process for land-use matters said...
Letters to the editor: October 15, 2014

Letters to the editor: October 15, 2014

Clearing up the wording Dear Editor: Okanogan County Fire District 6 has received a few calls from citizens about our ballot measure to build a new Winthrop fire station. The wording of the proposition on the Okanogan County Auditor’s website, which will appear on the November election ballot, is causing some confusion. You currently pay...
Willing to walk a long way for friendship

Willing to walk a long way for friendship

By Don Nelson Randy Montgomery intends to make a lot of friends over the next few years — and spread the idea that we can all get along better if we’ll just make the effort to talk to each other. Montgomery, 62, a former log truck driver from Mount Shasta, California, is in the early stages of...
Help your kids deal with stress and change

Help your kids deal with stress and change

By Katharine Bill and Dani Reynaud Like so many plans for this summer, Little Star’s Summer Naturalist Camp, planned for the third week in July, didn’t happen. Instead, the entire valley experienced a sort of naturalist camp, featuring fire ecology, geomorphology, and the basic interconnectedness of all parts of our home. Suddenly, the invisible parts...
Letters to the editor: October 8, 2014

Letters to the editor: October 8, 2014

Show your commitment Dear Editor: Like all of us, I am saddened by the many homes lost to this summer’s fires. But I am also amazed at the number of homes and cabins that did not burn. I know that a large part of the credit for that goes to the volunteer firefighters of Okanogan...
Editorials: October 1, 2014

Editorials: October 1, 2014

FEMA fails us Last week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) denied the state of Washington’s appeal of a FEMA decision not to provide individual assistance to victims of the summer’s fires and floods. Gov. Jay Inslee had asked the Obama administration to reverse FEMA’s denial of a disaster declaration that would have made some...
Letters to the editor: October 1, 2014

Letters to the editor: October 1, 2014

Unnecessary delay Dear Editor: We would like to publicly thank our Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) officials for their terrific efforts to clear and, hopefully, soon open state highways 153 and 20. These roads are the arteries and lifeblood of our beautiful Methow Valley and the current closures are creating real and unnecessary hardships...
Tell us your summer of 2014 story

Tell us your summer of 2014 story

By Don Nelson The Methow Valley’s big story of 2014 really is made up of hundreds of small stories — human moments of loss, fear, struggle, sacrifice, bravery, innovation, perseverance, generosity, faith and hope as the fires and floods swept through our beautiful home. Taken together, all those threads of what happened here this summer can, with...