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Art at our doorstep

Art at our doorstep

By Don Nelson In 1982, when the Methow Valley News occupied what is now the Tappi restaurant building on Glover Street, publisher Mike Irwin and editor John Bonica (who now owns the building and the restaurant) commissioned local wood carver Bruce Morrison to create an identifying sign for the newspaper. Bruce came up with a...
Ever mindful

Ever mindful

By Don Nelson Only a couple of years ago, it probably could be said that most of us only occasionally thought about the potential for problematic summer wildfires — after all, we’d had a few big blazes and one tragic fire — but not many of us spent a lot of time worrying about them. Now it seems that...
The royal treatment

The royal treatment

By Don Nelson You don’t usually expect royalty to hold court, oversee the realm and do the entertaining as well, but Lauralee Northcott is a special case. The Grand Lady of Winthrop’s 71st annual ’49er Days celebration — her husband, Clayton, is the Grand Marshal — is also a founding member of the Methow Valley’s acclaimed Horse Crazy Cowgirl...
Drawing them in

Drawing them in

By Don Nelson The splendor that is Paris, the grandeur that is Rome, the (fill in the blank) that is Twisp — the valley’s largest community seems continuously in search of a marketable identity. I think Twisp already has one. The challenge is how to capitalize on it. Not to off-put the Winthropians, whom I like lot,...
Not exactly the Oval Office

Not exactly the Oval Office

By Don Nelson I’ve been trying to figure out what it means to be presidential, never having had to adopt a demeanor appropriate to the title before. Now that my name and the word “president” are, in some circles, directly associated, I suppose I should try to act like one. It’s not like I’m going...
In the aftermath

In the aftermath

By Don Nelson There are many things one could say about the recent pellet gun incident at Methow Valley Elementary School — and most of them are being said, if local reaction is an indicator. A sixth-grade student brought an airsoft pellet gun into the school inside his backpack. After a student alerted Principal Bob Winters about the...
In the spotlight

In the spotlight

By Don Nelson I might be one of the last journalists in the country to have seen Spotlight, the Academy Award-winning movie about how the Boston Globe exposed a massive, systemic cover-up of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in the Boston archdiocese. As someone who has devoted his entire adult life to journalism, much of...
Burned but not beaten

Burned but not beaten

By Don Nelson If we’ve learned anything the past couple of years, it’s that there’s no such thing as a harmless fire. After two summers of devastation, our anxiety threshold has been lowered to the point that even small, quickly dispatched fires cause fleeting psychological trauma. Structure fires have become associated with wildfires as a...
The chilling conclusion

The chilling conclusion

By Don Nelson In sports, the rallying cry after a disappointing season is often “wait ’til next year” — which is pretty much tautological if you think about it, because what else are you going to do? But that’s about what the community is left with after a maddening cascade of events made it impossible to use...
The voice of Mazama

The voice of Mazama

By Don Nelson   Other than this newspaper’s founder, Harry Marble, I don’t know if anyone else has been associated with the Methow Valley News longer than our Mazama correspondent, Bob Spiwak. Bob has written community reports, columns and stories for the newspaper for more than 30 years (and submitted more than a few photos)....