Publisher & Editor
Don Nelson has been editor and publisher and reporter and photographer and delivery boy and coffee maker and dishwasher and post hole digger (not really, just threw that one in to see if you are paying attention) and all-around whatever-needs-doing guy since the Fourth of July, 2011, his personal Independence Day (just ask the IRS). Don has worked a lot of places but likes this place and this job the best. He does, however, drive an 8-year-old “rig,” lives in a cabin way outside of town and is learning to love “Methow Time.” Just writing this made him 15 minutes late for something or other.
Reporters & Photographers
Marcy Stamper covers Okanogan County issues, politics, and policy; education; the Public Utility District; and state or national matters that affect the Methow and the county. Marcy also covers land-use and development matters in the Methow and the county, and health and social issues including economics (employment, housing and homelessness, and access to social services).
Along with her colleagues, Marcy shares the News’ reporting about arts and culture and about matters pertaining to fish, water, and river restoration. She is always interested in delving into other topics of local import that arise.
Ralph came to the Methow Valley News in May 2019 because he realized newspaper work was the only thing he wanted to do (or the only thing he could do–he’s not sure which). He worked with Editor Don Nelson previously, when Don was editor of the Skagit Valley Herald and Ralph was a reporter there. Ralph has also worked for The Leavenworth Echo, Cashmere Valley Record and the Lake Chelan Mirror, where he served as editor for three years. Most recently, Ralph was a reporter at The Bellingham Herald.
Ann McCreary is a news reporter covering arts, Twisp town council, fire & police, wildlife, scuba diving and more.
She keeps trying to retire, but we won’t let her.
Design & Media
Darla Hussey is the publication designer for the Methow Valley News. She is also in charge of keeping the website working and managing the social media side of the biz. Other skills include the possession/operation of power tools and a McGyver-esque ability to fix anything with duct tape — hot pink zebra-striped duct tape to be precise. Darla is more commonly known around the Methow Valley as “Dean’s/Kenny’s mom” or “that-face-painter-lady-can-you-make-me-a-tiger?”
Sheila is an enigma — we know she had a life before she joined us here at the Methow Valley News, but we don’t know what it was. It was undoubtedly chic and well organized, and marked by an over abundance of good taste — much like Sheila herself.
In her position at the News, Sheila does an outstanding job of helping our advertisers put together just the right message to bring people’s attention to whatever it is they’re promoting. Her longevity in the Methow Valley makes her an asset to any business or group trying to reach out to the local market.
Tera Evans manages subscriptions, classified ads, legal notices, obituaries, inserts and accounts receivable, not to mention she understands the mysteries of QuickBooks and knows where all the supplies are hidden.
Paige makes sure the papers get delivered on time each week, from Pateros to Mazama.
- Erik Brooks – Hart’s Pass
- Tania Gonzalez Ortega – Editorial cartoons
- Joanna Bastian – Lower Valley
- Erika Kar – Mazama
- Ashley Lodato – Winthrop
- Sarah Schrock – Twisp
- Solveig Torvik – Hello?
- David Ward – Naked Eye
- Rosalie Hutson – Senior Center