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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...
My book of the month

My book of the month

By Don Nelson The Voters’ Pamphlet, Washington State Elections (that’s its mundane but effective title) arrived this week, and it’s thicker than the Methow Valley phone directory. The pamphlet — booklet? — totals more than 140 pages, 35 of them alone devoted to the full wording of all the statewide initiative measures and referenda on the Nov. 8 general...
Convening for a cause

Convening for a cause

By Don Nelson Next week I’m heading down to Wenatchee for four days to attend the 129th annual convention of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association (WNPA), which represents the state’s weekly newspapers, some smaller dailies and other journalism- or information-related organizations. As you can tell, WNPA has been around for quite a while as a...
Good friends in important places

Good friends in important places

By Don Nelson When you’re dealing with the “other Washington” from our side of the continent you can never be quite sure how it will turn out. Wading into the swamp of Congressional-level politics can be a perilous venture even for those who know where the trails lead. So last week’s locally important news out...
The ‘statement’ comes due

The ‘statement’ comes due

By Don Nelson I don’t see much positive coming out of Okanogan County Commissioner Jim DeTro’s recent ATV foray into Winthrop from Conconully with a group of friends who journeyed over some off-limit roads and parked in town to make a point. DeTro told me, in an amiable conversation, that he was trying to make...
Reason to celebrate

Reason to celebrate

By Don Nelson I first started paying attention to the Methow Valley Citizens Council MVCC) in the mid-1990s when I was editor of the Puget Sound Business Journal in Seattle, for a couple of reasons: Seattle interests were involved, and I was already a Methow devotee. By that time, MVCC was already a battle-hardened teenager...
Idling thoughts

Idling thoughts

By Don Nelson While I was part of the motorized throng inching through the four-way stop in Winthrop this past weekend, a Yogi Berra-ism occurred to me: “Nobody goes there nowadays. It’s too crowded.” It wasn’t the first time I’ve wondered whether the Methow Valley’s enduring popularity with all kinds of summer visitors might have...