Today is Monday, May. 2, 2016

No Bad Days
Drawing them in

Drawing them in

By Don Nelson The splendor that is Paris, the grandeur that is Rome, the (fill in the blank) that is Twisp — the valley’s largest community seems continuously in search of a marketable identity. I think Twisp already has one. The challenge is how to capitalize on it. Not to off-put the Winthropians, whom I like lot,...
Not exactly the Oval Office

Not exactly the Oval Office

By Don Nelson I’ve been trying to figure out what it means to be presidential, never having had to adopt a demeanor appropriate to the title before. Now that my name and the word “president” are, in some circles, directly associated, I suppose I should try to act like one. It’s not like I’m going...
In the aftermath

In the aftermath

By Don Nelson There are many things one could say about the recent pellet gun incident at Methow Valley Elementary School — and most of them are being said, if local reaction is an indicator. A sixth-grade student brought an airsoft pellet gun into the school inside his backpack. After a student alerted Principal Bob Winters about the...
In the spotlight

In the spotlight

By Don Nelson I might be one of the last journalists in the country to have seen Spotlight, the Academy Award-winning movie about how the Boston Globe exposed a massive, systemic cover-up of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in the Boston archdiocese. As someone who has devoted his entire adult life to journalism, much of...
Burned but not beaten

Burned but not beaten

By Don Nelson If we’ve learned anything the past couple of years, it’s that there’s no such thing as a harmless fire. After two summers of devastation, our anxiety threshold has been lowered to the point that even small, quickly dispatched fires cause fleeting psychological trauma. Structure fires have become associated with wildfires as a...
The chilling conclusion

The chilling conclusion

By Don Nelson In sports, the rallying cry after a disappointing season is often “wait ’til next year” — which is pretty much tautological if you think about it, because what else are you going to do? But that’s about what the community is left with after a maddening cascade of events made it impossible to use...
The voice of Mazama

The voice of Mazama

By Don Nelson   Other than this newspaper’s founder, Harry Marble, I don’t know if anyone else has been associated with the Methow Valley News longer than our Mazama correspondent, Bob Spiwak. Bob has written community reports, columns and stories for the newspaper for more than 30 years (and submitted more than a few photos)....
Our space odyssey

Our space odyssey

By Don Nelson Some things we need are missing. My desk is a mess, and I should be setting a better example. The infrastructure requires a few minor repairs, like the front door that won’t close properly and a few dangly things that need to be secured. There are things cluttering the hallway that should...
Out with the old

Out with the old

By Don Nelson Moving in to a new space always starts with moving out of the old one. We’ve been doing that, as best we can, the past several weeks as we prepare to move the newspaper’s office from 101 N. Glover St. to a building on the TwispWorks campus that was most recently used...
Say ‘hi’ to Sarah

Say ‘hi’ to Sarah

By Don Nelson This week we introduce our new Twisp columnist for the Valley Life page, Sarah Schrock. She provides a bit of self-introduction on page B6. Sarah succeeds Sally Gracie, who held down the Twisp spot on our back page for 15 years. Sarah has lived in Twisp for eight years. She and her...