Today is Thursday, Jun. 30, 2016

My Turn
JBLM’s empire building doesn’t help the Methow Valley

JBLM’s empire building doesn’t help the Methow Valley

By Melanie Rowland In his My Turn column (Sept. 16), Jim Pigott chided the editor of the Methow Valley News and others who object to the U.S. Army’s proposal to conduct mountain helicopter training in the North Cascades. While many believe that the proposal is bad for the land and bad for our recreation-based economy,...
Where Tom was, that was home

Where Tom was, that was home

By Tim Lewis Some people have funerals when they die. Though the word funeral technically is synonymous to “memorial service,” the sounds suggest two completely different notions. The word “funeral” sounds like a dirge — dark, quiet, sober, half-emotionless, half-weeping (not crying, not sobbing, not shedding tears, but weeping). It may fit some end-of-life ceremonies and may fit...
PSFA has profound impact on education

PSFA has profound impact on education

By Hannah Hogness This past year, I had the amazing opportunity to serve as a student board member for the Public School Funding Alliance (PSFA). I moved to the Methow Valley during my fifth-grade year at Methow Valley Elementary School, so I was no stranger to the support offered by PSFA when I was invited to...
Army’s helicopter proposal has positive implications for the valley

Army’s helicopter proposal has positive implications for the valley

By Jim Pigott I felt that parts of your Aug. 5 editorial “Battling the barrage” was both one-sided and shallow. In that editorial, you characterized the U.S. Army’s proposal to conduct helicopter training in North Central Washington, the possibility of a private company exploring for copper near Flagg Mountain, and also the prospect of ATVs...
Dealing with chaos: planning and coordination pay off

Dealing with chaos: planning and coordination pay off

By Don Waller Once again our valley has been challenged by fire. Fire that filled the air with smoke, sent flames through canyons, up and down slopes, threatened and burned homes, and fire that confronted, injured, and ultimately took the lives of three firefighters. As chief of Okanogan County Fire District 6, I know that...
Many hands pitched in to keep  Walking D Ranch from burning

Many hands pitched in to keep Walking D Ranch from burning

By Judy McBride In the latest issue of the Methow Valley News, there were many stories of the fires that surrounded us this past week. I am writing to let you all know the details concerning the fire that encroached upon our home and the town of Twisp the night of Aug. 19. The fire...
Our scenic highway corridor’s future: goats, climbers and more

Our scenic highway corridor’s future: goats, climbers and more

By Eric Burr Have you noticed all the cars lately, parallel-parked along Highway 20 below Liberty Bell and Blue Lake; or while hiking to Blue Lake, seen the warnings about mountain goats? When I was a ranger during the more generous budget years of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, we were able to patrol such...
WDFW has ceded control of fish recovery in the valley

WDFW has ceded control of fish recovery in the valley

By Gina McCoy The agency entrusted to protect the state’s wildlife, lands and waters is abdicating its responsibilities in the Methow Valley. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has ceded control of its floodplain lands in the Methow Valley to fish recovery groups.  Why is this bad? Because some of the salmon recovery...
Food vs. fire: helping out our local stores and restaurants

Food vs. fire: helping out our local stores and restaurants

By Cece Odell Vicious flames and thick smoke enveloped the Methow Valley in the summer of 2014, causing the loss of over 300 homes. A huge wildfire was started after dry lightning lit the already dry grasses that cover most of eastern Washington. After the first fire started, many others followed along with a major...
Preparedness is a community-wide project

Preparedness is a community-wide project

By Cindy Button Today as I step outside into the heat and smoke, I am taken back to July 16, 2014, when the Cougar Flats and Stokes Road fires gained momentum and roared into the record books as the largest wildfire in Washington state’s history. With fire season fully underway, many of us are asking ourselves...