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Another day, another year

Another day, another year

By Don Nelson Two more weeks. Sure, flipping the calendar on Jan. 1 puts us only one day beyond Dec. 31. Same continuum, possibly with a hangover. But somehow, the impending arrival of 2015 feels like a welcome new start — if only because we’ll finally be able to say that nothing else happened in 2014, the...
No Bad Days

No Bad Days

By Don Nelson Trial by Fire on track It’s taking us a little longer than originally planned to put together our Trial by Fire publication, which will chronicle the Methow Valley’s summer of challenges. We now plan to publish it with the Dec. 24 issue of the newspaper. Because of the Christmas holiday that week,...
Uncommon gratitude

Uncommon gratitude

By Don Nelson When it seemed the fires were finally contained, a lot of folks said that the burning would not really be extinguished until snow fell. So, count the sudden onset of winter over the past weekend as one of the things to be thankful for this holiday season. May the last Carlton Complex...
Keep it in the valley

Keep it in the valley

By Don Nelson We say it every year, and mean it, but this year we really mean it: Please spend as many of your gift-giving dollars as you can in the Methow Valley this holiday season. There are many ways to help our local economy recover from the setbacks of summer, but none more direct...
Burning questions

Burning questions

By Don Nelson When the first ballot-counting totals came in from the general election last week, I was somewhat surprised to see that the proposed levy increase by Okanogan County Fire District 6 was trailing, with about 54 percent of the voters saying “no.” I hadn’t make a prediction either way, but I thought the...
Losing our all-star player

Losing our all-star player

By Don Nelson It’s been our pleasure and privilege to work with one of the valley’s most friendly and familiar personalities for the past several years. Mike Maltais, a Methow Valley native who returned in the early 2000s after many years away, already had an accomplished journalism career in television and print when he came...
Making our own news

Making our own news

By Don Nelson It’s been incredibly gratifying to hear many of you express appreciation for how the News covered all the events that challenged the valley during the summer of 2014 and beyond. I hope I have thanked each of you enough for your kind words. A couple of things we are doing this fall...
Looking under the levy lid

Looking under the levy lid

By Don Nelson I think you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in the Methow Valley who would have anything other than good things to say about the firefighters of Okanogan County Fire District 6, most of whom are volunteers. We know how hard they train, how professionally they respond to fires and other emergencies, how...
The boats of summer

The boats of summer

By Don Nelson The noise was unmistakable, even before I looked to see what was making it. From my room at Campbell’s Resort on Lake Chelan, I instantly recognized the throaty, unmuffled roar of a Rolls Royce aircraft engine (or maybe an Allison) like those used to power unlimited hydroplanes back in the day. That...
Willing to walk a long way for friendship

Willing to walk a long way for friendship

By Don Nelson Randy Montgomery intends to make a lot of friends over the next few years — and spread the idea that we can all get along better if we’ll just make the effort to talk to each other. Montgomery, 62, a former log truck driver from Mount Shasta, California, is in the early stages of...