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From dream to reality

From dream to reality

By Don Nelson Some people can look at a derelict building, or an empty lot, or a dusty storefront and not have their imagination stirred one bit. Others will stop, stare and start wondering: “What could I do with that?” The Methow Valley has an abundance of creative thinkers in the second category. I offer...
Beyond words

Beyond words

By Don Nelson When does a longtime local event become “traditional?” When does an institution become “historic?” Or “venerable?” When does a single person in a community become “beloved” or “iconic?” What does it mean to call someone “heroic?” These are convenient descriptors for newspaper writers, because they are easily bestowed and widely understood. But...
Valley voices

Valley voices

By Don Nelson If I ever forget, even for a few seconds, that our readers are paying attention and care about what’s in the newspaper, a reminder pops up. Often, it’s more than one. We, of course, appreciate the compliments. But it’s also important to pay attention to the complaints, or suggestions, or blunt criticisms....
Shining the bright light of democracy

Shining the bright light of democracy

By Don Nelson I’m a bit behind in taking note of Sunshine Week (which was March 12 – 18), a nationwide effort launched in 2005 to create and spread nationwide awareness about the importance of citizen access to what government is up to at all levels. On the organization’s website (sunshineweek.org), you can find more elegant language...
Matters of opinion

Matters of opinion

By Don Nelson A word of reminder about our letters-to-the editor policy: Several of you have recently sent in “open letters” to various public officials, addressed to them individually, or copies of letters that have already been sent directly to elected or appointed government types. Such contributions come in from time to time, but I’ve...
They heard you

They heard you

By Don Nelson Usually when someone says “you’re not hearing me,” what they really mean is “you’re not agreeing with me” or “you’re not doing what I want you to do.” Being heard is not the same as getting your way, as most of us have learned at some point in life. That practical reality...
A lasting legacy

A lasting legacy

By Don Nelson For more than a century, the Woods family name has been synonymous with excellent journalism, community service and civic involvement in north central Washington. Wilfred R. “Wilf” Woods, former editor and publisher of the family-owned Wenatchee World, died last week at the age of 97 — leaving an extraordinary personal and professional legacy to...
Getting our attention

Getting our attention

By Don Nelson A reader called the other day with a real concern and a serious question: How can citizens actively persuade newspapers (and other media) to cover issues they consider important? Her worry is that newspapers won’t pay adequate attention to the high-profile issues being driven by the current political climate. She wanted to...
The people’s march

The people’s march

By Don Nelson We devoted a lot of space in this week’s newspaper to the local expression of the Women’s March movement that blossomed globally last weekend — with good reason. The march in Twisp was a historic event for this community, connected in deed and spirit with similarly historic events around the country and the world....
Here’s to many more

Here’s to many more

By Don Nelson   It’s hard to imagine the Methow Valley without Methow Trails and the Methow Conservancy. Without their combined 60 years of efforts (20 of them overlapping) to help create the community we all enjoy, the place would not look or feel the same. The Methow Trails Nordic system is unique (in the...