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Making economic development mean something

Making economic development mean something

By Don Nelson This week, people from all over the Methow are being invited to gather and talk about economic development possibilities for the valley. In two public meetings sponsored jointly by the Twisp and Winthrop chambers of commerce, residents are being asked to imagine what the valley might look like if we can come...
The day the mountain went away

The day the mountain went away

By Don Nelson It’s become one of those moments — you have to be old enough, and recall exactly where you were, and in some cases have actually experienced it, to claim a bond with something epically memorable, the Kennedy assassination being the classic example. I can cite all three qualifiers for the historic (meaning, humans were...
An all-in community

An all-in community

By Don Nelson On the good news front, several of last week’s events were not only upbeat but also reaffirmed the characteristics we like most about this community — its generosity, width and depth of citizen involvement, and enlightened self-interest. Methow Valley School District residents — and that pretty much encompasses all of us — approved two tax levies that will...
Big news for us

Big news for us

By Don Nelson Journalism awards are a bit incestuous and self-congratulatory, in that most awards programs are administered and judged by other journalists. I suppose that is the case in other professions as well (I doubt that doctors or lawyers would ask insurance agents or airline pilots to bestow awards in the medical and legal...
Attitude is everything

Attitude is everything

By Don Nelson Drought. Snowpack. Wildfire season. Water levels. These are recurring themes in the news that make us all a little wary of a summer we should be looking forward to, if the early and gentle spring is any indicator. Salvage. Recovery. Clean-up. Rebuilding. Readiness. Firewise. More terms we’ve become all too familiar with...
Reading the signs

Reading the signs

By Don Nelson Sometimes the collision of good intentions can be a difficult thing to watch. There’s rarely a completely satisfactory outcome. Such was the case last week when the Town of Winthrop’s Westernization Architectural Committee (WAC) recommended that the owner of Abbycreek Inn (nee Alderbrook Inn, nee Best Western Cascade Inn) be assessed a...
Asking the artistic question

Asking the artistic question

By Don Nelson As the old joke goes, some people ought to have their artistic license revoked. It’s a throwaway line that nevertheless reflects the subliminal tension between the broadly defined world of art and the often narrowly defined realm of personal taste. We ought to be used to that by now, after a few...
Heating up

Heating up

By Don Nelson The daily Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) reports from the crews clearing the snow off the North Cascades Highway are like nothing we’ve read in years. The snowpack levels are low, the avalanche chutes are relatively benign, the daily temperatures are moderate and the big machines are clearing pavement at a...
Let the sunshine in

Let the sunshine in

By Don Nelson It’s Sunshine Week again, and I’m not talking about our spring-like weather. To explain Sunshine Week, an annual nationwide event that started more than a dozen years ago, it’s perhaps more efficient to offer this description from the organization’s website (http://sunshineweek.org): “Sunshine Week is about the public’s right to know what its...
Wavering on Westernization

Wavering on Westernization

By Don Nelson Does Winthrop have the will to remain Western? The question came up again — as it has several times since I arrived here nearly four years ago — at last week’s Town Council meeting. Craig Lints, former owner of the River Run Inn, told the council he has seen a steady deterioration in enforcement or even...