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Editorials: March 12, 2014

Editorials: March 12, 2014

Rec district reconnaissance As interest in the proposed Methow Valley Recreation District heats up, the voters will have several opportunities to learn more about it at public meetings. The forums will offer not only information but also a chance to hear from, and question, the 13 candidates who are running for five seats on the...
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 –...
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...
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...
Aug. 7, 2013

Aug. 7, 2013

Rough ride For a group that likes to manufacture headlines with its tirades about tyrannical, unresponsive government, the Okanogan County commissioners are looking a bit like the people they are always happy to rip. The commissioners’ quickly and brusquely enacted decision to allow all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on some 300 miles of county roads has a...

June 19, 2013

Recreation and imagination At a time when local government entities seem to be on a consolidation path – the Twisp and Winthrop police departments consider merging, Twisp contemplates annexation to Okanogan County Fire District 6 – along comes a proposal for a new tax-funded agency that would encompass most of the valley. If it didn’t...