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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...
In any event, we’ve got you covered

In any event, we’ve got you covered

By Don Nelson Is it possible to achieve event overload in the little old Methow Valley, population 5,000 or so when most of us are here? By any standards, the Methow Valley community is incredibly active, involved, committed and generous. We come up with a lot of things to do and to attend, and we...
That springy feeling

That springy feeling

By Don Nelson We call them the shoulder seasons — spring and fall, the “tweener” times that we wait out until action-packed winter and summer arrive. Things slow down and grow more quiet, businesses take breaks, locals go on out-of-valley or off-the-continent vacations. Of the two, it seems like spring gets the shorter shrift. Fall is summer...
Editorials: April 2, 2014

Editorials: April 2, 2014

Elections aren’t like they used to be. All-mail balloting and early voting have changed the dynamics of campaigning. No longer do candidates build frantic momentum up to election day. They have to think much farther ahead than that, and so do the media outlets that cover them. The special election on …
The things that don’t change

The things that don’t change

By Don Nelson
Could it have possibly been 40 years ago? It was a wee bit more than that, actually, I learned when I Googled myself this week to find …
Keeping the light on

Keeping the light on

 This is Sunshine Week — not in the meteorological sense, but in the open-government sense — an annual event that spotlights the role freedom of information plays in our daily lives. As the website notes (www.sunshineweek.org), it’s not just news media but also civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and other organizations that participate. I say this every year, but...