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No Bad Days: June 22, 2016

No Bad Days: June 22, 2016

Straight outta Mazama After a challenging process of interviewing several promising applicants, when I asked Mandi Smith Donohue to become the Mazama correspondent for our Valley Life page she had a typical comeback. “I thought you liked me,” she said in mock horror at the offer, as if I were asking her to do something...
A new life for ‘Living with Alzheimer’s’

A new life for ‘Living with Alzheimer’s’

By Don Nelson Don Reddington has graciously taken us along on a personal, often painful journey that he knows has a certain end. With humility, courage, humor and remarkable resiliency, Don has let us share his private confrontation with Alzheimer’s disease as it gradually erodes his cognitive essence. Don and his wife, Ginger, have never...
Filling a hole

Filling a hole

By Don Nelson It’s going to take a while to get used to that empty lot on Riverside Avenue in Winthrop where the old house that was most recently home to Arrowleaf Bistro once stood. It’s a startling gap in a familiar streetscape, likely to surprise people who haven’t visited in some time. After the...
Art at our doorstep

Art at our doorstep

By Don Nelson In 1982, when the Methow Valley News occupied what is now the Tappi restaurant building on Glover Street, publisher Mike Irwin and editor John Bonica (who now owns the building and the restaurant) commissioned local wood carver Bruce Morrison to create an identifying sign for the newspaper. Bruce came up with a...
Ever mindful

Ever mindful

By Don Nelson Only a couple of years ago, it probably could be said that most of us only occasionally thought about the potential for problematic summer wildfires — after all, we’d had a few big blazes and one tragic fire — but not many of us spent a lot of time worrying about them. Now it seems that...
The royal treatment

The royal treatment

By Don Nelson You don’t usually expect royalty to hold court, oversee the realm and do the entertaining as well, but Lauralee Northcott is a special case. The Grand Lady of Winthrop’s 71st annual ’49er Days celebration — her husband, Clayton, is the Grand Marshal — is also a founding member of the Methow Valley’s acclaimed Horse Crazy Cowgirl...
Drawing them in

Drawing them in

By Don Nelson The splendor that is Paris, the grandeur that is Rome, the (fill in the blank) that is Twisp — the valley’s largest community seems continuously in search of a marketable identity. I think Twisp already has one. The challenge is how to capitalize on it. Not to off-put the Winthropians, whom I like lot,...
Not exactly the Oval Office

Not exactly the Oval Office

By Don Nelson I’ve been trying to figure out what it means to be presidential, never having had to adopt a demeanor appropriate to the title before. Now that my name and the word “president” are, in some circles, directly associated, I suppose I should try to act like one. It’s not like I’m going...
In the aftermath

In the aftermath

By Don Nelson There are many things one could say about the recent pellet gun incident at Methow Valley Elementary School — and most of them are being said, if local reaction is an indicator. A sixth-grade student brought an airsoft pellet gun into the school inside his backpack. After a student alerted Principal Bob Winters about the...
In the spotlight

In the spotlight

By Don Nelson I might be one of the last journalists in the country to have seen Spotlight, the Academy Award-winning movie about how the Boston Globe exposed a massive, systemic cover-up of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in the Boston archdiocese. As someone who has devoted his entire adult life to journalism, much of...