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Thought-provoking anniversaries

Thought-provoking anniversaries

In gym class, Meridian Junior High School, Kent, Washington. Then, wandering down the school hallways with a bunch of other confused and oddly quiet teenagers, trying to figure out what the hell was going on. It was Nov. 22, 1963 – the day that everyone who was alive then remembers where they were when they...
Editorials: Nov. 13, 2013

Editorials: Nov. 13, 2013

The bus stops here Well. It looks like we might get a bus system. It has to be acknowledged as somewhat surprising that predominantly “red,” tax-despising, government-distrusting Okanogan County would choose to tax itself, even a little bit, for something so urbanistic as a regular transportation plan that’s likely to be publicly subsidized, like most...
Nov. 6, 2013

Nov. 6, 2013

Valued voices Methow Valley residents have never been shy about voicing their opinions when it comes to how things are governed here. Sometimes their persistence and practicality make an impact. Such was the case last week when the Okanogan County Planning Commission recommended against allowing sizable building projects in the Methow Valley to proceed without...
Oct. 9, 2013

Oct. 9, 2013

The real costs The federal government is not an abstraction in the Methow Valley and shutting it down is not a theoretical political exercise. It’s a real-life hardship with implications that put to shame the extremist ideological posturings of the Republicans who have caused it. And make no mistake, they caused it. But establishing blame...
Our loss, Seattle's gain

Our loss, Seattle’s gain

By Don Nelson The good news/bad news event of the week for the Methow Valley News is that we are losing a unique – some might say incomprehensible – voice and a valued long-time colleague with the departure of Sue Misao. After this week, Sue is heading to “the coast” to become editor of the...
Sept. 25, 2013

Sept. 25, 2013

Have a healthy attitude about Affordable Care Act Forget about the political shenanigans in Washington, D.C. Here in Washington state we are about to enter the promising new world created by the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), which will provide health care coverage opportunities for millions of Americans who now are uninsured or under-insured. This...
Awareness keeps prostate cancer in perspective

Awareness keeps prostate cancer in perspective

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and I am here to make you aware. Not long ago, the best-selling author Vince Flynn died after battling Stage III prostate cancer for several years. He was 47. I know of Flynn because he lived in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, where I spent many years, and I’ve...
Imagining the ‘what ifs’

Imagining the ‘what ifs’

By Don Nelson I don’t spend a lot of time with “what ifs,” especially the backward-looking kind that involve speculation about how things would be different if they had gone differently. Waste of time. What’s the point? Things turned out how they did, and that’s that. Except, that is, when the “what ifs” evoke powerful...
What's the story?

What’s the story?

By Don Nelson I came across a mystery – at least to me – last week while driving back down to the valley floor after hiking to the top of Goat Peak (it was gorgeous, and Lighting Bill Austin showed us his new acoustic guitar). At the Goat Wall overlook on U.S. Forest Service Road...
Aug. 14, 2013

Aug. 14, 2013

This too shall pass Methow Valley temperatures are still in the 90s. So why does it feel a bit like winter? The unexpected closure of the North Cascades Highway, caused by a series of deluges that brought down several huge mudslides over the roadway, has suddenly left us in the isolation mode we usually experience...