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A noteworthy week

A noteworthy week

By Don Nelson     The Methow Valley News “family” lost a couple of its best and brightest this week with the retirement of office manager Marilyn Bardin — who has been training News publishers for more than 20 years — and advertising manager Robin Doggett, who is leaving to spend more time developing her print studio, Door No....
Making it personal

Making it personal

By Don Nelson I don’t know what’s the matter with me. I’m supposed to be in a dusty bone pile along with the un-evolved journalistic dinosaurs or, to keep the metaphor consistent, buried in the La Brea Tar Pits of newspaper obsolescence among the other pathetic printed-word believers who stupidly sunk into their own extinction....
Rediscovered memories

Rediscovered memories

By Don Nelson   It’s been too long since I visited my father’s gravesite. That’s one of the things Memorial Day is for — the personal acknowledgement of service and sacrifice whose value we can never really measure, but whose impact is powerful and enduring. For me, the memories don’t have much to do with a stone...
Make peace with The Process

Make peace with The Process

By Don Nelson Mike Liu was patient, calm and consistent as he explained, and then explained again, and then re-explained The Process — the tightly structured system by which the U.S. Forest Service will evaluate a proposal to do exploratory drilling for potential mining of copper deposits on Flagg Mountain (for full details, see the story on...
The end of a peak experience

The end of a peak experience

By Don Nelson Anyone who has lived in or visited the Methow Valley has their own historical markers that help define their relationship with the place. Some go back decades, some only a few years, each is important as a touchstone for how things have changed and continue to change here. I can think of...
Digging a little deeper

Digging a little deeper

By Don Nelson A billion pounds of anything will get your attention. When it’s a billion pounds of copper — and who knows how many billions of pounds of copper ore from which it would be extracted — and it’s going to come out of massive pit in your neighborhood, you’re probably more than interested. So when a Canadian...
The rec district: now what?   

The rec district: now what?  

By Don Nelson Given that the proposed Methow Valley Recreation District has been trounced — maybe you prefer hammered, thrashed, obliterated, pummeled or, in polite journalism language, soundly defeated — at the polls, it will be instructive to see what rises out of its ashes. Can the idea be sustained? In a way, that’s a question for many of...
Not all roadblocks, not all open highways

Not all roadblocks, not all open highways

By Don Nelson I’m not sure who could claim a “victory” in Okanogan County’s proposal to open an additional 600 miles of roads to use by all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). The proposal, if adopted and not delayed by legal challenges, seems to create a lot more opportunities for ATV enthusiasts if you go by the mileage...
In any event, we’ve got you covered

In any event, we’ve got you covered

By Don Nelson Is it possible to achieve event overload in the little old Methow Valley, population 5,000 or so when most of us are here? By any standards, the Methow Valley community is incredibly active, involved, committed and generous. We come up with a lot of things to do and to attend, and we...
That springy feeling

That springy feeling

By Don Nelson We call them the shoulder seasons — spring and fall, the “tweener” times that we wait out until action-packed winter and summer arrive. Things slow down and grow more quiet, businesses take breaks, locals go on out-of-valley or off-the-continent vacations. Of the two, it seems like spring gets the shorter shrift. Fall is summer...