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Posts tagged "No Bad Days"
Remembering Mort

Remembering Mort

By Don Nelson Mortee-Anne Banasky took civic involvement seriously. She spent much of the past 30 years since she arrived in Winthrop serving on the Town Council, and was also mayor for a time. That perspective and experience often paid off during council discussions which, as is often the case in small towns, cycled back...
Adapting every day

Adapting every day

By Don Nelson You’ve heard the expression — when someone thinks you should calm down a bit, they might say “take a deep breath.” Well, that’s not going to work. While the major remaining fires affecting the Methow Valley seem not to be directly threatening inhabited areas, they are close enough to cause some discomfort...
Waiting for a break

Waiting for a break

By Don Nelson The scanner next to my desk crackles almost constantly these days, with fire-related dispatches playing out in bursts of scratchy static and cryptic communication. The terse report I heard last Friday afternoon caught my attention among other hectic messages: a brush fire in the Signal Hill area, threatening a residence. For some...
Just being us

Just being us

By Don Nelson Where to begin? How does one adequately catalog, characterize and credit all of the generosity, bravery, selflessness, determination, ingenuity, strength, community spirit, inspiration, patience, endurance and even humor that have sustained this community the past two weeks? It’s almost too risky to compile a list of the good stories, because we’d be...
Putting out a newspaper with a low-tech, high-tech mash-up

Putting out a newspaper with a low-tech, high-tech mash-up

By Don Nelson The feeling of helplessness began to build right after the electricity died and our frail tethers to the world beyond Twisp snapped. The physical reality of power lines burning, roads being closed and everyday goods and services becoming scarce was inconvenient and frustrating. But what left us really drifting and uncertain was...
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...