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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...
The things that don’t change

The things that don’t change

By Don Nelson
Could it have possibly been 40 years ago? It was a wee bit more than that, actually, I learned when I Googled myself this week to find …
Keeping the light on

Keeping the light on

 This is Sunshine Week — not in the meteorological sense, but in the open-government sense — an annual event that spotlights the role freedom of information plays in our daily lives. As the website notes (www.sunshineweek.org), it’s not just news media but also civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and other organizations that participate. I say this every year, but...
No Bad Days: March 5, 2014

No Bad Days: March 5, 2014

By Don Nelson Shot heard ’round the world   The valley went viral last week with the story about 11-year-old Shelby White of Twisp, who shot a cougar near her home after the animal had followed her 14-year-old brother Tanner to their house. We published a story, because it was indeed interesting and locally noteworthy....
Our flaky winter

Our flaky winter

By Don Nelson Better late than even later. The week’s overdue dosage of seasonally appropriate snow — albeit likely to be mitigated by temperatures nudging 40 degrees and some drizzle — may give the valley just enough coverage to limp into March with somewhat skiable conditions, particularly at the Mazama end of the valley and up in the mountains...