By Erika Kar

This past week while thinking of things to write about, I came up with the idea of Googling famous Mazamans. I tried the search with many different words, yet nothing really came up.

There is the rumor that Jeff Bezos, founder and currently the richest man in the world, has a home here. If this is true, I can find no evidence of it. Next I tried to find out if Howard Schultz, former Starbucks CEO and former Seattle Supersonics CEO, has a home here. Again, nothing.

Martha Stewart? Nope.

Jay-Z and Beyonce? Ha.

I think you see where this is leading.

So then I thought of Mazamans that might not be famous exactly, but are known for something pretty cool (at least in my opinion). First I thought of Ann Diamond. She might not be famous yet, but hold onto that word “yet.” Dr. Ann is a candidate for Washington’s 12th Legislative District House of Representatives, running as an Independent. Come Nov. 6 of this year, she could very well become our representative-elect, making her fairly famous, and quite possibly the first Mazaman politician. Please correct me if I am wrong, as could be very likely. Dr. Ann has graciously agreed to an informal interview and that will be coming in a couple of weeks.

Next, I thought of Eric Burr. He is the author of “Ski Trails and Wildlife: Toward Snow Country Restoration,” as well as being an author of many articles in publications such as High Country News.

I know that there are a number of other authors in Mazama too. Maybe the snow inspires writing? But I mention Eric in particular because he recently sent me an email. According to him, one of his cross-country ski instructors, who also services wildlife cameras in the Early Winters area, caught a lynx on camera! Eric says that they often see tracks, but this is the first time one was photographed. Considering that lynx are on the federal list of threatened species, this is a pretty neat thing.

Speaking of sightings of elusive creatures, Methow Conservancy’s First Tuesday program, “Sasquatch: Man-Ape or Myth?,” with speaker David George Gordon, will be on March 6 from 7 — 8:30 p.m. at the Winthrop Barn. I know that The Barn is not in my Mazama domain, however I mention it because someone in Lost River has actually seen not one, but two, Bigfoot-type creatures.

This someone may or may not live in my house and may or may not be me. I happen to know that this person is pretty excited that a reputable science-based group, such as Methow Conservancy, is hosting this program, as it lends a little more credibility to the existence of Bigfoot. But, I will tell you more about it in next week’s column as my 500 words here are coming to an end and I like to leave a little cliffhanger from time-to-time. Until then, please continue to send me your Mazama news and tidbits. And cookies.