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County commission: still unsafe at any speed?

County commission: still unsafe at any speed?

By Don Nelson Full disclosure, total transparency, intensely personal interest, undeniable bias declaration: I live on West Chewuch Road, about 6 miles north of Winthrop, and have for the past five-plus years. I roughly calculate that I’ve driven that stretch of county road 3,000 times or more in that time, in all seasons, in all...
Make it a Methow Christmas

Make it a Methow Christmas

By Don Nelson There’s still time left. Time to shop local like it meant something — because it does. We’ve had the opportunity to take advantage of the holiday gift bazaars, Twisp’s shopping night out, special events, Christmas at the End of the Road and more. But that doesn’t have to be the end of it. Our...
Taking if offline

Taking if offline

By Don Nelson Since the earliest days of online commenting on newspaper websites, I’ve been an outlier. The idealistic expectation was that, by allowing and encouraging robust public dialog on their sites, newspapers would facilitate citizen interest and involvement in the issues of the day. Not to mention generating a few “clicks” for the papers’...
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...
The un-debate

The un-debate

By Don Nelson Up here at the roofline of the lower 48, about as far away from the other Washington as you can get without needing to speak Canadian, a political event unlike anything we’ve been witnessing on the national stage lately took place in one of America’s most grounded and venerated institutions, a grange...
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...