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The comprehensive view

The comprehensive view

By Don Nelson For a small town with only about 400 residents and covering a little more than 500 acres, Winthrop is a complicated place. There’s the downtown commercial core, where the heart of Winthrop’s Westernization theme beats. There are other commercial areas along Highway 20 and adjacent to downtown. There is an industrial zone....
Where the power lies

Where the power lies

Are we are at “acceptance” yet? In the long legal and philosophical battle over the Okanogan County Public Utility District’s proposed new powerline from Pateros to Twisp, the remaining option seems to be “get used to it.” The Washington Supreme Court’s recent decision that the utility has the authority to condemn state land to build...
Ice time

Ice time

By Don Nelson When I got up Sunday morning to find a few inches of fresh snow that touched up the existing base and reclaimed the bare spots, I recalled that it was just about a year ago that the snow finally started falling for the season. During the trying winter of 2013-14, it hardly...
Fun with the News

Fun with the News

By Don Nelson I swear, I had nothing to do with it. But once Lauralee Northcott, the irrepressible, multi-talented Horse Crazy cowgirl started putting together the little shindig that will take over the Methow Valley Community Center on Saturday (Jan. 31), I had no choice but to become happily involved. Lauralee has poured a lot...
No slowing down

No slowing down

By Don Nelson We are now less than six months away from what you might call the one-year anniversary of the Carlton Complex Fire, which started its rampage on or about July 14, 2014. So it’s a little unnerving to learn, as we did from reporter Ann McCreary’s story in last week’s issue, that the...
Understanding Alzheimer’s

Understanding Alzheimer’s

By Don Nelson Maybe it’s a frustrating, momentary lapse of recall that you shrug off as a “senior moment.” It could be a prolonged inability to recall something that you have always been able to instantly access, like a name or date. It could be something as simple as staring at a word you have...
Resolved and unresolved

Resolved and unresolved

By Don Nelson There’s hardly anything left to say about 2014, which will be remembered as the year of what happened, while 2015 will be remembered as the year of what came next. We will all be looking at a different Methow Valley landscape — literally and figuratively — come next December. I’m not big on making or suggesting...
Looking back, looking forward

Looking back, looking forward

By Don Nelson This week’s Methow Valley News will involve some heavy lifting. Included in this issue is Trial by Fire, our special magazine-style publication chronicling the Methow summer of 2014, and looking ahead to the valley’s recovery. Trial by Fire represents months of creative thinking, reporting, writing, editing, proofreading, designing and production, as well...
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,...