Today is Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017

No Bad Days
A lasting legacy

A lasting legacy

By Don Nelson For more than a century, the Woods family name has been synonymous with excellent journalism, community service and civic involvement in north central Washington. Wilfred R. “Wilf” Woods, former editor and publisher of the family-owned Wenatchee World, died last week at the age of 97 — leaving an extraordinary personal and professional legacy to...
Getting our attention

Getting our attention

By Don Nelson A reader called the other day with a real concern and a serious question: How can citizens actively persuade newspapers (and other media) to cover issues they consider important? Her worry is that newspapers won’t pay adequate attention to the high-profile issues being driven by the current political climate. She wanted to...
The people’s march

The people’s march

By Don Nelson We devoted a lot of space in this week’s newspaper to the local expression of the Women’s March movement that blossomed globally last weekend — with good reason. The march in Twisp was a historic event for this community, connected in deed and spirit with similarly historic events around the country and the world....
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...
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,...
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...
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...
Make it a Methow Christmas

Make it a Methow Christmas

By Don Nelson There’s still time left. Time to shop local like it meant something — because it does. We’ve had the opportunity to take advantage of the holiday gift bazaars, Twisp’s shopping night out, special events, Christmas at the End of the Road and more. But that doesn’t have to be the end of it. Our...
Taking if offline

Taking if offline

By Don Nelson Since the earliest days of online commenting on newspaper websites, I’ve been an outlier. The idealistic expectation was that, by allowing and encouraging robust public dialog on their sites, newspapers would facilitate citizen interest and involvement in the issues of the day. Not to mention generating a few “clicks” for the papers’...