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No Bad Days
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’...
Decisions and consequences

Decisions and consequences

By Don Nelson It seems all but certain that the Okanogan County Board of Commissioners will have a distinctly different look in January 2017. County residents appear to be indicating that they also expect some different policy directions and different ways of doing things from the reconstituted board. That became evident as early as the...
Intrigue in the 12th

Intrigue in the 12th

By Don Nelson If there’s a clue to what transpired in the recent 12th legislative district Senate race, it might be found in one line from a newspaper ad placed by winner Brad Hawkins: “Puts public service before politics.” In the 12th District contest, Republican Party leadership decided, one could arguably conclude from the voters’...
Digging deep

Digging deep

By Don Nelson Maybe some day, circumstances will take the measure of the Methow Valley’s seemingly boundless generosity. Thankfully, we don’t seem to be there yet and may not be anytime soon. The recently concluded Give Methow campaign raised more than $207,000 for 27 nonprofit organizations in the valley. In its second year, the online...
The long view

The long view

By Don Nelson It’s the time of year when, on a trip over the North Cascades Scenic Highway, fall colors and snow are both part of the experience — even on the same stretch of road. That won’t last long. The leaves will be gone and, we hope, the snow will continue accumulating and finding its way...