Today is Monday, Oct. 22, 2018

No Bad Days
A week isn’t enough

A week isn’t enough

By Don Nelson Next week, Oct. 7-13, is the 78th National Newspaper Week, which recognizes and promotes the contributions of newspapers and their employees across the country. Each year, it seems a little more challenging to define what we mean by “contributions,” as they are literally eroding. Shrinkage continues among daily newspapers — in sheer numbers, and...
Nearing the finish line

Nearing the finish line

By Don Nelson The much-anticipated news came last Friday, and the Methow Valley’s residents and friends have been happily sharing it since: The U.S. Forest Service has recommended to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) that 340,000 acres in the upper Methow Valley should be withdrawn from consideration for mining for at least 20 years....
Gettin’ some ink

Gettin’ some ink

By Don Nelson Some familiar Methow Valley figures got a little love from the Seattle Times last week. Ann Diamond, who faces Republican Keith Goehner of Leavenworth for the Position 1 seat representing the state’s 12th Legislative District, was featured by columnist Danny Westneat under the headline, “A political unicorn? Meet the candidate chasing the...
After the groundbreaking

After the groundbreaking

By Don Nelson It’s been a challenging but interesting summer on the TwispWorks campus. For all of the “partners” whose businesses or organizations reside here, patience and endurance have been required. TwispWorks is in the middle of a massive remake that includes a new brewhouse and adjoining taproom for the Old Schoolhouse Brewery, extensive landscaping,...
A bright light fades

A bright light fades

By Don Nelson The last time I saw Don Reddington was at the Methow Valley News office. He was, with assistance, making some rounds in town and wanted to say “hi” to me. It was an emotional few minutes. While Don clearly seemed to know who I was (dementia patients can adapt and compensate for...
The force is (finally) with us

The force is (finally) with us

By Don Nelson You have to have been here for a while to understand and appreciate the significance of this sentence: For the first time in years, the Winthrop Marshal’s Office has a full complement of three full-time police officers. A little more than a year ago, the town had exactly zero law enforcement officers...
Our August angst

Our August angst

By Don Nelson Over the past five summers, August has become our month of reckoning in the Methow Valley. On Aug. 1, 2014, while we already exhausted from enduring the Carlton Complex Fire’s seemingly unstoppable rampage, the Rising Eagle Road fire exploded above Highway 20 between Twisp and Winthrop. Soon after, a ferocious windstorm wreaked...
Face time with Newhouse

Face time with Newhouse

By Don Nelson Congressman Dan Newhouse stopped over at Sun Mountain Lodge last week for an appearance before the Winthrop and Twisp chambers of commerce membership. The Republican congressman had a prepared talk, he said, but pretty much abandoned that for a more casual session that mostly focused on issues of paramount interest to the...
Paging through the past

Paging through the past

By Don Nelson A while ago, while clearly in the grip of a de-cluttering moment, my mom asked me if I would like a pile of old magazines she had somehow acquired. Sure, I said, always a sucker for a trip in the way-back machine. I didn’t know what to expect. It turns out that...
When it’s personal

When it’s personal

By Don Nelson Well, I’m finally an evacuee. Voluntarily, to be sure. No notices were issued. I was just taking an abundance of caution because, for the first time in the seven years I’ve been here, a wildland fire came close enough that I had to personally deal with it. Tuesday morning I headed to...