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July 17, 2013

July 17, 2013

A worthy celebration By DON NELSON It’s fair to say that the Confluence Gallery & Art Center is largely responsible for my being here. Back more than a decade ago, when there was still a small cafe attached to the gallery in Twisp, Jacqui and I were having a nice lunch after taking in the...
July 3, 2013

July 3, 2013

New website gives us room to grow online   I’m not going to trot out a “giving birth” analogy, but there was a lot of labor involved in bringing our new website to life. We quietly launched the site last week without fanfare, sort of a live beta test, to see how it worked and...
June 26, 2013

June 26, 2013

BY DON NELSON A few small changes When I purchased the Methow Valley News a couple of years ago, some folks noted that I was buying myself a job. Actually, it was at least two jobs. It’s not uncommon at small weeklies for the publisher and editor to be the same person, but I was...
June 12, 2013

June 12, 2013

BY DON NELSON School colors  You need a lot of self-confidence, individually and as a group, to paint a water tower pink. Especially when you know it’s going to stay pink for a while, and it will be startlingly pink from miles away all that time, and you will always be identified with the pink...
June 5, 2013

June 5, 2013

BY DON NELSON Educational process An intense, compact process came to a quick, definitive conclusion last week as the Methow Valley School Board selected a new superintendent. Thomas Venable was, to many observers, the probable choice after three days of in-school meetings and public forums during which all the finalists had a chance to talk...
July 31, 2013

July 31, 2013

BY DON NELSON Museum pieces A couple of weekends ago I dropped by the Shafer Museum in Winthrop because I hadn’t been there for a while, and because I love delving deeper into the valley’s fascinating history (it can only be absorbed and retained over time, I’ve learned). It was a scorching day and not...
MAY 29, 2013

MAY 29, 2013

Bridge games BY DON NELSON Thousands of cars passed over the Skagit River bridge on Interstate 5 last Thursday (May 23), and remarkably only two of them (carrying a total of three people) went into the water when a portion of the bridge collapsed after it was nicked by a truck carrying an oversized load....
May 22, 2013

May 22, 2013

Don’t be silent BY DON NELSON The intense and confidential work of narrowing down potential candidates for the Methow Valley School District superintendent’s position to a short list is nearly done. The public’s part will begin soon. The school board is interviewing finalists this week in executive sessions. Beginning next Wednesday (May 29), the candidates...
May 15, 2013

May 15, 2013

Who ya gonna call? BY DON NELSON Monday afternoon my stomach hurt, and not from anything I ate. I was reading, with fascination and outrage, various accounts of how the U.S. Justice Department secretly obtained the phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors over a two-month period. It was a blanket subpoena that included...
April 10, 2013

April 10, 2013

Fast talk BY DON NELSON I’m just speaking anecdotally here, but I think the most effective traffic control device in the valley is that old, barely running purple police car that the Winthrop Marshal’s Office parks next to the ball field during our high-occupancy season. How many times have we seen incoming motorists mash the...