Today is Monday, Jan. 16, 2017

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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...
Gratitude for a community’s response to a winter mishap

Gratitude for a community’s response to a winter mishap

Sunday evening, Dec. 4, after a lovely evening of fellowship and dinner with dear friends, hosted by Helm and Karen Theimer in Pine Forest, Robert and I found ourselves riding our brakes down Summer Road and lamenting the sad truth that we should have gone around the loop, when we found ourselves in a slide...
Beyond the Dakota Access Pipeline: a possible solution

Beyond the Dakota Access Pipeline: a possible solution

irst, some background on the Bakken Crude Oil Formation in North Dakota: “The Bakken Shale ranks as one of the largest oil developments in the U.S. in the past 40 years. The play has single-handedly driven North Dakota’s oil production to levels four times higher than previous peaks in the 1980s. As of June 2015,...
Growing a healthy economy in the Methow Valley

Growing a healthy economy in the Methow Valley

By Don Linnertz It’s been a little over a year since I joined the staff at TwispWorks and I want to take this opportunity to thank the Methow Valley community for your support and encouragement. For those of you not familiar with TwispWorks, we are a nonprofit, community-wide resource located on the 6.4-acre campus in...
Future of Wagner Pool depends on continued involvement

Future of Wagner Pool depends on continued involvement

By Sarah Schrock In response to Sue Megaard’s Letter to the Editor of Oct. 26: As a member of Friends of the Pool and a newly appointed commissioner on the Twisp Parks and Recreation Commission, I would like to invite Ms. Megaard to get involved in the important discussion of the future of our aquatic...
Why is it so hard to talk about gender inequality?

Why is it so hard to talk about gender inequality?

By Hannah Hogness When you think of a firefighter, what likely comes to mind is a tall, sculpted male. So of course I thought I could fit the bill: a plump college girl, standing 5 feet 3 inches, and very, very out of shape. But I was not alone in my firefighter training ventures this...
Adequate training can reduce motorcycle fatalities

Adequate training can reduce motorcycle fatalities

By John Fleming Nine years ago I watched in horror as my wife nearly failed to negotiate a tight curve on her motorcycle. She drifted to the outside of her lane to within inches of the gravel shoulder at 70 mile per hour. Miraculously, she kept it together. That episode convinced me that she and...
Accessible public lands key to Methow Valley – and Northwest – economy

Accessible public lands key to Methow Valley – and Northwest – economy

For over 25 years, my company, Zumiez, has brought managers from all over the country to the Methow Valley for an annual training event. Zumiez is a 38-year-old action sports lifestyle retailer based in Seattle. We’ve got stores in four countries and every state in the United States. This year’s event had over 700 Zumiez managers…...
Commissioners waste taxpayer money on federal land takeover schemes

Commissioners waste taxpayer money on federal land takeover schemes

By Isabelle Spohn We should all have paid attention when Okanogan County Commissioner DeTro announced plans by the commissioners and the other “Quad Counties” to the press (May 27, 2014). We didn’t realize that county taxpayers would be financing their personal dreams and agendas. We blew it off, and now we are paying the price....
Help prevent copper mining efforts  in the Methow headwaters

Help prevent copper mining efforts in the Methow headwaters

The Methow Valley is a wonderfully diverse place. Ranches and farms create the valley’s working landscape, a large trail system and surrounding wilderness areas contribute recreational opportunities and economic vitality, and public lands support critical fish …