Has it been that long? We had that discussion in the newspaper office a few days ago when the calendar reminded us that a decade has passed since the historic Carlton Complex Fire blasted through the valley with unprecedented speed and violence. Those of us who were here then and since understand that 2014 was […]
Playing our part Dear Editor: I was disappointed to observe a concerning manifestation of privileged NIMBYism from Methow Valley Citizens Council regarding Navy jet overflights in the North Cascades. For critical capabilities such as naval air power, comprehensive and diverse training is imperative to ensure the safety of pilots and maintain a robust national defense. […]
As a group of concerned citizens living in a fire-prone environment, who also happen to live in a very active local Firewise USA community, fire is never far from our thoughts and conversations. We were recently discussing the Okanogan County Wildfire Protection Plan which is up for review this year. One of the recommendations from […]
The civic spotlight never stays in one spot too long. It has seemed to be focused on Twisp lately, thanks to issues such as overnight rental regulations and the Orchard Hills housing project, among others, that have occupied the public’s consciousness and hence generated news coverage. The proposed aquatics district, and the school district’s board […]
The first name of Sen. Jon Tester of Montana was misspelled in an article in the Feb. 7 issue. The News regrets the error.
Protect democracy Dear Editor: In recent years, I have tried to direct my letters to local issues. But this time I want to talk about a truly shocking national political item that could affect our democracy to the core. This goes far beyond voter suppression of low-income and minority people to reduce votes for an […]
By Ben Long Is there any habit harder to break than harboring a grudge against an old adversary? Yet burying hatchets is exactly what it might take to conserve our wildlife, in the face of ever-increasing pressures on the places they need to survive. Consider grizzly bears. In 1973, grizzlies were on a steep decline […]