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Big news for us

Big news for us

By Don Nelson Journalism awards are a bit incestuous and self-congratulatory, in that most awards programs are administered and judged by other journalists. I suppose that is the case in other professions as well (I doubt that doctors or lawyers would ask insurance agents or airline pilots to bestow awards in the medical and legal...
Attitude is everything

Attitude is everything

By Don Nelson Drought. Snowpack. Wildfire season. Water levels. These are recurring themes in the news that make us all a little wary of a summer we should be looking forward to, if the early and gentle spring is any indicator. Salvage. Recovery. Clean-up. Rebuilding. Readiness. Firewise. More terms we’ve become all too familiar with...
Reading the signs

Reading the signs

By Don Nelson Sometimes the collision of good intentions can be a difficult thing to watch. There’s rarely a completely satisfactory outcome. Such was the case last week when the Town of Winthrop’s Westernization Architectural Committee (WAC) recommended that the owner of Abbycreek Inn (nee Alderbrook Inn, nee Best Western Cascade Inn) be assessed a...
Asking the artistic question

Asking the artistic question

By Don Nelson As the old joke goes, some people ought to have their artistic license revoked. It’s a throwaway line that nevertheless reflects the subliminal tension between the broadly defined world of art and the often narrowly defined realm of personal taste. We ought to be used to that by now, after a few...
Heating up

Heating up

By Don Nelson The daily Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) reports from the crews clearing the snow off the North Cascades Highway are like nothing we’ve read in years. The snowpack levels are low, the avalanche chutes are relatively benign, the daily temperatures are moderate and the big machines are clearing pavement at a...
Let the sunshine in

Let the sunshine in

By Don Nelson It’s Sunshine Week again, and I’m not talking about our spring-like weather. To explain Sunshine Week, an annual nationwide event that started more than a dozen years ago, it’s perhaps more efficient to offer this description from the organization’s website (http://sunshineweek.org): “Sunshine Week is about the public’s right to know what its...
Wavering on Westernization

Wavering on Westernization

By Don Nelson Does Winthrop have the will to remain Western? The question came up again — as it has several times since I arrived here nearly four years ago — at last week’s Town Council meeting. Craig Lints, former owner of the River Run Inn, told the council he has seen a steady deterioration in enforcement or even...
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...