Today is Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017

OPINION
Here’s to many more

Here’s to many more

By Don Nelson   It’s hard to imagine the Methow Valley without Methow Trails and the Methow Conservancy. Without their combined 60 years of efforts (20 of them overlapping) to help create the community we all enjoy, the place would not look or feel the same. The Methow Trails Nordic system is unique (in the...
Letters to the editor: January 18, 2017

Letters to the editor: January 18, 2017

Working together Dear Editor: The article “Methow Valley women mobilizing for march in Washington, D.C.” (Jan. 11) and these women are an extraordinary example of why America has been the world’s foremost major power for the past century. America has a complicated history of protesting — it appears that we love it when it confers with our...
Following the signs

Following the signs

By Don Nelson I was talking to someone after the informal community memorial for Brad Pinkerton last week, and we were musing about how it was too bad he couldn’t hear the wonderful things said about him (along with some of the good-natured gibes about his multi-faceted personality). That’s the way it is with memorials,...
Letters to the editor: January 11, 2017

Letters to the editor: January 11, 2017

Direct contact needed Dear Editor: I think that we can all agree that the results of the last election have shown that democracy cannot be a spectator sport, and that it is important for all citizens to participate not just by voting every once in a while, but also by being involved in the political...
Headlines we’d like to see in 2017

Headlines we’d like to see in 2017

By Don Nelson I admit, I stole this idea directly from the Seattle Times and its end-of-the-year coverage. As I said last week, I’m reluctant to make predictions about what might happen to affect the Methow Valley in 2017. But I can muse about things that should or could happen, or that I’d like to...
Letters to the editor: January 4, 2017

Letters to the editor: January 4, 2017

Safety at the Loup Dear Editor: Ten years ago, if someone was seen “skinning” uphill at The Loup, they would have drawn stares and ribald comments. Today, the sport of ski touring has become very popular, with skiers climbing mountains and hills wherever access is available and the snow is good, for both the great...
Here comes the new ‘Objectivist’ order

Here comes the new ‘Objectivist’ order

“… man exists for his own sake … the pursuit of his own happiness is his highest moral purpose … he must not sacrifice himself to others nor sacrifice others to himself.” — Ayn Rand What do Donald Trump, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, secretary of state-designate Rex Tillerson, secretary of labor-designate Andy Puzder and CIA...
Our water supply is fine, and the data proves it

Our water supply is fine, and the data proves it

By John Willett Just a little history info to all about water availability here in the Methow: We are doing fine! That is not to say that we should not protect the valuable resource that we have and use it wisely — we should. Why, you ask? Here’s what I know: In the late 1980s and early...
No Bad Days: December 28, 2016

No Bad Days: December 28, 2016

By Don Nelson Living With Fire has arrived It’s taken us a while, but I’m pleased and proud to say that our long-planned Living With Fire special publication is included in this week’s Methow Valley News — almost two years to the day that its thematic predecessor, Trial by Fire, was published. Trial by Fire chronicled the...
County commission: still unsafe at any speed?

County commission: still unsafe at any speed?

By Don Nelson Full disclosure, total transparency, intensely personal interest, undeniable bias declaration: I live on West Chewuch Road, about 6 miles north of Winthrop, and have for the past five-plus years. I roughly calculate that I’ve driven that stretch of county road 3,000 times or more in that time, in all seasons, in all...