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A new course for Three Rivers

A new course for Three Rivers

It’s painful to watch Three Rivers Hospital struggle with the tough decisions that will be necessary to stay operational and deliver a reasonable level of services to the taxing district that supports it. Health care – how to get it, what to pay for it, where to find it, who to trust with it –...
It’s our season

It’s our season

By Don Nelson We’re well into the seasonal shift from intense tourism to intense localism, a time of year I like for its relative calm and the fact that, for a few weeks, we have the place mostly to ourselves. Much of what’s going on in the valley for the next few weeks is for...
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...