Dry conditions this spring have put many people in north central Washington on edge Editor’s note: As wildfires become more frequent and intense, the disappearance of snow now ushers in a season of higher anxiety for those who have experienced the destruction of wildfire. And this spring feels particularly ominous, with water levels in ponds […]
Learning to ask for help
In drought-stricken Australia, farmers struggle with mental health Editor’s note: As we all look ahead to dryer times (there’s a drought alert for this coming season in the Okanogan and Methow basins), what can be learned from farmers on the other side of the world, dealing with similar challenges? Step one: start talking about mental […]
Kids holiday cards 2018
Click to see this year’s holiday “cards” from area second graders.
Determined in life, dignified in death
On the day that he was to return to his Twisp River home for the last time, Don Reddington instead died peacefully in a hospital room surrounded by family members.
His wife, Ginger, is convinced that’s how Don wanted it.
“Deep down, he made a plan … it was one of the last things he could decide, and I’m really happy for him,” Ginger said in an interview last week, a few days after Don’s death on the morning of Oct. 2. “We’re joyous for his departing because he was not happy in his situation.”
Don Reddington’s next stage
Alzheimer’s disease awareness advocate waits for placement in VA contract facility By Don Nelson The difficult days that Don Reddington and his family knew were coming are here. Reddington — whose courageous public efforts to bring more attention to Alzheimer’s disease were chronicled in the “Living With Alzheimer’s” publication in 2016 — is waiting for an opening in a […]
By Roy Ingham Pat the Cowardly Lion on the head. He’ll feel more courageous, And so will you. Tap a tune on the Tin Man. He’ll be happy, And so will you. When you and the Scarecrow are together, help him feel good, about the brain he has. He’ll appreciate it, And so will […]
When the Klan came to the Methow
The image is arresting: A photograph of 80 members of the Ku Klux Klan, most swaddled in sheets and hiding their identities behind white hoods, a few dressed in black and wearing white masks.
It’s an image often associated with the Jim Crow South. But this …
No Time to Laugh
By James Doran It is not a time to laugh. A fascist in the White House. It never comes all at once. It trickles down slowly and as the American middle class re-emerges we all say, “This ain’t so bad …” While a gnawing voice goes silent, we laugh, “This ain’t so bad …” […]
Still time to support Reddington Project
Thanks to the remarkable generosity of many people, the fundraising drive to support publication of Living With Alzheimer’s: the Don Reddington Project has generated impressive support. The Methow Valley News plans to publish a magazine-style compilation of the eight articles that Don wrote for the newspaper last year about facing Alzheimer’s and its implications, plus an […]
Preserving the culture
Editor’s note: For more than 13,000 years, Native Americans have lived along the waterways of the Pacific Northwest. Columbia River tribes share the names of waterways they call home: the Entiats, the Wenatchiis, the Chelans, the Lakes, the Okanagans and the Methows. Members of the Miller family are the longest known continuous residents of the […]