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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...
March 27, 2013

March 27, 2013

The price of advice BY DON NELSON Gulp. Yes, it’s a lot of money, in a small school district, at a time when educational funds are under constant threat. The Methow Valley School Board has agreed to pay consultant Monte Bridges $16,200 (plus expenses) to help find a suitable replacement for outgoing Superintendent Mark Wenzel,...
Feb 20, 2013

Feb 20, 2013

A matter of opinions BY DON NELSON Of all the questions and observations to come out of last week’s Twisp Town Council hearing about the advisability of allowing all-terrain vehicles on town streets, this is the most compelling: Why the rush? Many people I’ve heard from don’t see a need for Twisp to do anything...