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Editorials
Editorials: Feb. 19, 2014

Editorials: Feb. 19, 2014

This week: Votes for open government: Thoughts on public information and The 4th opens up: who will replace Doc Hastings?
Editorials: Feb. 5, 2014

Editorials: Feb. 5, 2014

This week: Rec reckoning. As could have been expected, questions are being raised about the formation of a Methow Valley Recreation District now that … and Deal with it. ill everyone who is surprised to learn that (a) we live in cougar habitat and that (b) occasionally they …
Editorials: Jan. 29, 2014

Editorials: Jan. 29, 2014

This week: The Methow represents: Last week we learned siblings Sadie and Erik Bjornsen of Mazama… and Shock waves: The intrusion of gun-related violence into all of our lives continues to escalate, even when the horrific events are far away…
Editorials: Dec. 25, 2013

Editorials: Dec. 25, 2013

Spirit of the season Generosity and need go hand-in-gloved-hand this time of year. Marcy Stamper’s article in last week’s issue touched on the need part, an aspect of the valley’s culture that may get overlooked but is nonetheless persistent. The generosity part is being answered again through programs like Neighbors Helping Neighbors and Manger Mall,...
Pot, speed

Pot, speed

Into the haze Turning an idea into practice will take some getting used to in Okanogan County and elsewhere in the state, as the nascent industry of growing, processing and selling marijuana finds its way into a strange new marketplace. Insert your favorite doper/weed/doobie/ganja/hemp/smokin’ pun or joke here. The topic is tailor-made for kitschy humorous...
A new course for Three Rivers

A new course for Three Rivers

It’s painful to watch Three Rivers Hospital struggle with the tough decisions that will be necessary to stay operational and deliver a reasonable level of services to the taxing district that supports it. Health care – how to get it, what to pay for it, where to find it, who to trust with it –...
Editorials: Nov. 13, 2013

Editorials: Nov. 13, 2013

The bus stops here Well. It looks like we might get a bus system. It has to be acknowledged as somewhat surprising that predominantly “red,” tax-despising, government-distrusting Okanogan County would choose to tax itself, even a little bit, for something so urbanistic as a regular transportation plan that’s likely to be publicly subsidized, like most...
Nov. 6, 2013

Nov. 6, 2013

Valued voices Methow Valley residents have never been shy about voicing their opinions when it comes to how things are governed here. Sometimes their persistence and practicality make an impact. Such was the case last week when the Okanogan County Planning Commission recommended against allowing sizable building projects in the Methow Valley to proceed without...
Oct. 23, 2013

Oct. 23, 2013

Getting on board One of the tradeoffs for living in the Methow Valley is that it can be a long way to work, to school, to the hospital, or to other vital health care and social services. It’s particularly tough for the elderly or disabled who have limited mobility, or for low-income people for whom...
Oct. 9, 2013

Oct. 9, 2013

The real costs The federal government is not an abstraction in the Methow Valley and shutting it down is not a theoretical political exercise. It’s a real-life hardship with implications that put to shame the extremist ideological posturings of the Republicans who have caused it. And make no mistake, they caused it. But establishing blame...