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An unusual weekend

An unusual weekend

By Don Nelson It wasn’t your typical Labor Day weekend in the Methow Valley — although “typical” may not have much meaning in the future if our summers continue to leave us exhausted, grieving, and calculating our economic losses before we even get to the first weekend of September. For all the three-day emphasis on tourism, the...
Memorable memorials

Memorable memorials

By Don Nelson Sunday was a long day at the end of 10 long days before that. I left early in the morning for Wenatchee to attend the Twisp River Fire memorial at Town Toyota Center, honoring fallen firefighters Tom Zbyszewski, Richard Wheeler and Andrew Zajac. By nightfall I was back in Twisp for a...
All too familiar

All too familiar

By Don Nelson The past week or so has felt like a “Mini Me” version of the summer of 2014. We’ve had fires, evacuations, high winds, thunderstorms, mudslides, roads closed or compromised, cough-inducing smoke, a brief cell phone service interruption, and a six-hour power outage. We are distressingly familiar with them all, if on a...
Making tough decisions

Making tough decisions

By Don Nelson One of our readers walked into the newspaper office this week to ask about how we intended to cover a story about a local retailer that faced an Internet assault last week related to some merchandise the store displayed (See Controversial T-shirts no longer being sold at Winthrop store). He wasn’t asking...
Battling the barrage

Battling the barrage

By Don Nelson The other day in the Evergreen IGA I ran into Tom and Sonya Campion, two of the valley’s most ardent supporters and benefactors, and we got to talking about the U.S. Army’s proposal to conduct mountain training exercises with helicopters in North Central Washington, including the Methow Valley and its recreational environs....
The importance of being Oscar

The importance of being Oscar

By Don Nelson Long before there was Aaron Sorkin, there was Oscar Wilde. Sorkin, creator of “The West Wing” and “The Newsroom” on TV, and screenwriter of A Few Good Men, The American President, The Social Network and Moneyball among others, is notable for his characters’ crisp, witty repartee. Some critics maintain that many of...
Then and now

Then and now

By Don Nelson Even now, the fires, floods, slides and storms of 2014 dominate our conversations, our interactions, our community involvement, our personal and professional planning. They shape our sense of expectation, drive our quest for preparedness, alter our concept of “normal.” They bookmark the past, suspend the present in held breaths, and demand reconsideration...
Still feeling it

Still feeling it

By Don Nelson Next week we will publish a special one-year anniversary issue marking the onset of the Carlton Complex Fire. It’s an odd word to use, anniversary, because it suggests something celebratory, which is hardly what any of us have in mind. Shall we instead commemorate? Still sounds too ceremonial, almost congratulatory — nice goin’, Carlton...
Long answer to a short question

Long answer to a short question

By Don Nelson I can’t even think of enough clichés — and I know a lot of them — to answer friendly questions about how I’m doing four years into my tenure as publisher of the Methow Valley News. Lots of people ask — friends, family, valley residents, visitors, professional colleagues — and I believe they genuinely want to how things are. My...
A lot on our mind

A lot on our mind

By Don Nelson The new parking lot planned for the northeast corner of the Mazama junction is, for most of us, still a two-dimensional conceptual thing that is a little difficult to visualize. But it is possible to discern the general form of the Mazama Corral parking lot being developed by Methow Trails in conjunction...