Today is Saturday, Jun. 25, 2016

No Bad Days
Telling details

Telling details

By Don Nelson It’s not easy reading. A preliminary report on the deaths of three firefighters in the Twisp River Fire last summer was recently published by the U.S. Forest Service and Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). As someone who has often reported on and written about terrible events in my journalism career, I...
Bringing history back to life

Bringing history back to life

By Don Nelson People who, like me, love to read about the history of the Methow Valley will likely be eager to buy a “new” book — if a volume published a century ago can be considered new — as a Christmas present to themselves. They also many be motivated to buy copies of Seven Years on the Pacific...
A new view

A new view

By Don Nelson We can stop calling it the “hanging hut.” Just as the first serious snow of the season began to pile up, the unassuming little cabin retreated from the brow of Flagg Mountain this week as if it were going into hibernation for the winter. It won’t re-emerge in the spring. The cabin...
Where are the adults?

Where are the adults?

It’s the politician’s favorite fallback when things get difficult: blame the media, especially the “liberal media,” for the foibles plaguing their campaign or tenure in office. We in the news business often end up being the punching bags for people who don’t have the self-awareness, intellectual honesty or common decency to recognize (and admit) their...
I’m just watching

I’m just watching

By Don Nelson There are a lot of things I’m not good at. Among them is prognosticating, predicting or speculating about election outcomes. I’ve been wrong often enough to keep most of my thoughts to myself, or at least out of print. What I’ve learned is that whatever the surface noise around a ballot issue...
The story continues

The story continues

By Don Nelson We’ve been cautious about mentioning any tentative plans for a follow-up to last year’s Trial by Fire publication, the 100-page magazine that chronicled the Carlton Complex Fire, its environmental and economic impacts, the community’s heroic and generous response, and the personal stories of those who were most affected. In fact, we hadn’t...
Not just another meeting

Not just another meeting

By Don Nelson If you stick around in a profession for a few decades, you may get meaningful personal satisfaction out of the longevity. That may come, as it did for me last week, at the annual convention of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association (WNPA), in the form of treasured friendships, collegial support and the...
Sharing the space

Sharing the space

Returning to the valley after a few days in the big city always feels like being released from a pressure cooker to me, as much as I like Seattle and what it offers. It doesn’t take much time back in the Methow to remind you where you are and what that means. Open range, for...
Thanks for being there

Thanks for being there

By Don Nelson In case I don’t say it often enough (and who does?), thank you. The reader support and positive online commentary about our fire coverage during the past month has been gratifying. We appreciate being appreciated, in part because it validates what we’re doing for the community, and in part because it motivates...
As real as it gets

As real as it gets

By Don Nelson A small fire that could have, should have been easily contained — and then the wind shifted, gusted and began sweeping away everything before it. Explosively dry, tinderbox conditions that guarantee a spark will cause a fire. Fierce, incredibly fast-moving flames that firefighters could not safely stand in front of, or ever recall seeing...