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Putting out a newspaper with a low-tech, high-tech mash-up

Putting out a newspaper with a low-tech, high-tech mash-up

By Don Nelson The feeling of helplessness began to build right after the electricity died and our frail tethers to the world beyond Twisp snapped. The physical reality of power lines burning, roads being closed and everyday goods and services becoming scarce was inconvenient and frustrating. But what left us really drifting and uncertain was...
A noteworthy week

A noteworthy week

By Don Nelson     The Methow Valley News “family” lost a couple of its best and brightest this week with the retirement of office manager Marilyn Bardin — who has been training News publishers for more than 20 years — and advertising manager Robin Doggett, who is leaving to spend more time developing her print studio, Door No....
Making it personal

Making it personal

By Don Nelson I don’t know what’s the matter with me. I’m supposed to be in a dusty bone pile along with the un-evolved journalistic dinosaurs or, to keep the metaphor consistent, buried in the La Brea Tar Pits of newspaper obsolescence among the other pathetic printed-word believers who stupidly sunk into their own extinction....
Arts briefs: May 28, 2014

Arts briefs: May 28, 2014

This week: Hear from young writers on June 5, see the New show at The Loovre on June 7, and take in the Renard exhibit at Spartan Art Project on June 7.
Rediscovered memories

Rediscovered memories

By Don Nelson   It’s been too long since I visited my father’s gravesite. That’s one of the things Memorial Day is for — the personal acknowledgement of service and sacrifice whose value we can never really measure, but whose impact is powerful and enduring. For me, the memories don’t have much to do with a stone...
Make peace with The Process

Make peace with The Process

By Don Nelson Mike Liu was patient, calm and consistent as he explained, and then explained again, and then re-explained The Process — the tightly structured system by which the U.S. Forest Service will evaluate a proposal to do exploratory drilling for potential mining of copper deposits on Flagg Mountain (for full details, see the story on...
The end of a peak experience

The end of a peak experience

By Don Nelson Anyone who has lived in or visited the Methow Valley has their own historical markers that help define their relationship with the place. Some go back decades, some only a few years, each is important as a touchstone for how things have changed and continue to change here. I can think of...
Digging a little deeper

Digging a little deeper

By Don Nelson A billion pounds of anything will get your attention. When it’s a billion pounds of copper — and who knows how many billions of pounds of copper ore from which it would be extracted — and it’s going to come out of massive pit in your neighborhood, you’re probably more than interested. So when a Canadian...
The rec district: now what?   

The rec district: now what?  

By Don Nelson Given that the proposed Methow Valley Recreation District has been trounced — maybe you prefer hammered, thrashed, obliterated, pummeled or, in polite journalism language, soundly defeated — at the polls, it will be instructive to see what rises out of its ashes. Can the idea be sustained? In a way, that’s a question for many of...
Not all roadblocks, not all open highways

Not all roadblocks, not all open highways

By Don Nelson I’m not sure who could claim a “victory” in Okanogan County’s proposal to open an additional 600 miles of roads to use by all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). The proposal, if adopted and not delayed by legal challenges, seems to create a lot more opportunities for ATV enthusiasts if you go by the mileage...