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OPINION
Maintaining control

Maintaining control

By Don Nelson Motorcyclists love the North Cascades Highway. It’s scenic, it’s a fun ride, and can be a manageable segment of an extended day trip for groups or individuals. For those coming from the west side, Winthrop is a great place to stop or stay the night. It seems like there are more motorcycles...
What Ailes us?

What Ailes us?

“One thing that qualifies me to run a journalism organization is the fact that I don’t have a journalism degree.” — Roger Ailes The day Donald Trump became the Republican Party’s presidential nominee, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes lost his job. History rarely delights us with such ironic symmetry. No one has done more to...
Letters to the editor: August 24, 2016

Letters to the editor: August 24, 2016

Every vote matters Dear Editor: When I wrote you last month about the recent primary election, I noted that we had a chance for real change at the county level, with two seats open. It is looking even better now. Our district eliminated the incumbent. Two good candidates, Ashley Thrasher and Andy Hover, will be...
Letters to the editor: August 17, 2016

Letters to the editor: August 17, 2016

The true meaning Dear Editor: I have been privileged to participate in a series of early Sunday morning (8:30 a.m.) worship events done by the Rev. Don Ford and the folks at Methow Valley United Methodist Church. These have been quiet services that have encouraged me to ask who I am and why am I...
Reflecting on Aug. 19

Reflecting on Aug. 19

By Don Nelson I doubt there are many souls in the Methow who haven’t already had a thought or two — privately kept or quietly shared — about the significance of Aug. 19 in the valley’s collective consciousness. It was just a year ago this Friday that three firefighters died in the Twisp River Fire, including Methow Valley native...
Letters to the editor: August 10, 2016

Letters to the editor: August 10, 2016

Scary rhetoric Dear Editor: Re: Last week’s “No Bad Days” column in Methow Valley News. Thanks, Don, for telling it like it is. Trump is a horror. Last time we heard this kind of rhetoric was on the eve of World War II. I cannot imagine why any sane, decent person would support him.  Julianne...
Editorials: August 10, 2016

Editorials: August 10, 2016

Notes on the election The Aug. 2 primary election produced some intriguing results with implications for Methow Valley residents. Change is coming to the Okanogan County Board of Commissioners, and it may dramatically affect how the three-person board operates. In District 2, which includes the Methow Valley, incumbent Commissioner Ray Campbell managed to draw only...
#mediascum

#mediascum

By Don Nelson Maybe it’s just petty professional jealousy, but I’m feeling left out. I know, I’m only an insignificant small-town newspaper editor in a rural, out-of-the-way corner of the country, plodding away at chronicling local news and events. A media nobody. Meanwhile, my big-city, big-newspaper, big-network and big-website journalism colleagues are having the time...
Letters to the editor: Aug. 3, 2016

Letters to the editor: Aug. 3, 2016

Big mistake Dear Editor: The Okanogan PUD decision to electrify Enloe Dam is the biggest waste of resources in the history of the utility. Never has so much time, money and resources been spent to gain so little. The 2016 Rocky Mountain Econometric Report published in part by the Methow Valley News in the July...
‘The Don Reddington Project’ coming soon

‘The Don Reddington Project’ coming soon

By Don Nelson For all of you who have been asking about when we will publish “Living With Alzheimer’s: The Don Reddington Project,” we now have an answer. The magazine-style publication will be included in the Aug. 31 issue of the Methow Valley News, and then will be widely distributed both locally and beyond the...