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No Bad Days
That springy feeling

That springy feeling

By Don Nelson We call them the shoulder seasons — spring and fall, the “tweener” times that we wait out until action-packed winter and summer arrive. Things slow down and grow more quiet, businesses take breaks, locals go on out-of-valley or off-the-continent vacations. Of the two, it seems like spring gets the shorter shrift. Fall is summer...
The things that don’t change

The things that don’t change

By Don Nelson
Could it have possibly been 40 years ago? It was a wee bit more than that, actually, I learned when I Googled myself this week to find …
Keeping the light on

Keeping the light on

 This is Sunshine Week — not in the meteorological sense, but in the open-government sense — an annual event that spotlights the role freedom of information plays in our daily lives. As the website notes (www.sunshineweek.org), it’s not just news media but also civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and other organizations that participate. I say this every year, but...
No Bad Days: March 5, 2014

No Bad Days: March 5, 2014

By Don Nelson Shot heard ’round the world   The valley went viral last week with the story about 11-year-old Shelby White of Twisp, who shot a cougar near her home after the animal had followed her 14-year-old brother Tanner to their house. We published a story, because it was indeed interesting and locally noteworthy....
Our flaky winter

Our flaky winter

By Don Nelson Better late than even later. The week’s overdue dosage of seasonally appropriate snow — albeit likely to be mitigated by temperatures nudging 40 degrees and some drizzle — may give the valley just enough coverage to limp into March with somewhat skiable conditions, particularly at the Mazama end of the valley and up in the mountains...
Game On

Game On

By Don Nelson The 12th Man has become, collectively, the slightly crazed symbol of Seattle Seahawks fandom, notably in the north end zone of CenturyLink Field but also in the numbing stadium-wide roar of 130-plus decibels pounding away at visiting teams. Beyond those face-painted screamers in the seats are thousands of Seahawks devotees who avidly...
Winter, interrupted

Winter, interrupted

By Don Nelson I walked out of the News office Monday afternoon and fell into a warp in the time-space continuum. This could not be Twisp in mid-January — not this drippy, sloppy, balmy, sunny, utterly discombobulating setting I encountered. Fifty degrees, the thermometer said. Really, I said. The hills to the east and north were bare...
So long, Antlers

So long, Antlers

By Don Nelson There are a handful of genuine institutions in the valley, and Antlers Saloon and Cafe has been one of them. Its closure on New Year’s Eve was both a sad and celebratory occasion, an acknowledgment of Antlers’ longtime relationship with its community and a melancholy farewell. The best we can do now...
A few whimsical forecasts for the coming year

A few whimsical forecasts for the coming year

I’ve always been a great fan of the humor columnist Dave Barry, whose absurdist view of things is at the same time brilliantly insightful and unabashedly juvenile. For many years he has written a widely syndicated end-of-the-year column in which he zanily “predicts” what will happen in the news during the coming new year. In...
The power of memory

The power of memory

Some of my memories of growing up remain brilliant and formative. Others are dull, diluted or inaccurately recalled. A few are stuffed away in a place I rarely access. I don’t often haul any of these out for general inspection, although confession — and having been raised Catholic, that’s what it feels like to reveal...