Today is Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016

VALLEY LIFE
Mazama: September 28, 2016

Mazama: September 28, 2016

By Mandi Donohue I know the season has changed every time we say goodbye to our dear friends Jay and Vicki Meacham. Jay and Vicki and their comically large rig travel down south for the winter, meeting friends all over the country. This trip, they’re hitting Montana first before heading south to favorite places like Yuma...
Winthrop: September 28, 2016

Winthrop: September 28, 2016

By Ashley Lodato If the school hallways felt a little empty last week, it’s because so many students were enjoying the alfresco classroom: the great outdoors. Independent Learning Center students, seventh-graders and ninth-graders all spent a day, or two, or three (respectively) at the Northwest Outward Bound School in Mazama, rock climbing, rappelling, hiking and...
Twisp: September 28, 2016

Twisp: September 28, 2016

By Sarah Schrock You have heard of those ghost towns in the middle of nowhere, where you can buy the entire town, right? Well, I am a little concerned. Wauconda, just east of here on Highway 20, sold for $360,000 just a year ago on eBay. It seems as though every week there’s another “for...
Lower Valley: September 28, 2016

Lower Valley: September 28, 2016

By Joanna Bastian If a person’s eyes are the windows to the soul, then their hands must certainly be the doors. It is said, “actions speak louder than words.” In 1889, thousands of young men swarmed into the Methow Valley to join the mining effort. Mining camps developed overnight in every drainage. One such rough...
Mazama: September 21, 2016

Mazama: September 21, 2016

By Mandi Donohue Fall is officially here. Yippee! As I drink this delicious “Green Tea Colada” at The Ave in Okanogan, I am relishing these crisp mornings. I am all too aware of the fact that September becomes October becomes Christmas in this valley and I’m never prepared. Lliam and I wake to the smell of...
Winthrop: September 21, 2016

Winthrop: September 21, 2016

By Ashley Lodato The hazards of country living are not numerous, but they are certainly unpredictable. Would you ever think a deer would jump through your second-story bedroom window, for example? No, of course you wouldn’t, and neither did Twin Lakes-area resident Josh Cole when he heard a loud crash above him. He ran upstairs...
Twisp: September 21, 2016

Twisp: September 21, 2016

By Sarah Schrock With the rising of the harvest moon this week, strange things in the animal world are happening. My dog, for one, goes a little bonkers during the full moon, running between doors in the wee hours of the night, begging to be let out to howl and bark at nothing — a primal call...
Mazama: September 14, 2016

Mazama: September 14, 2016

By Mandi Donohue Working at the Mazama Store is like living in an episode of “Northern Exposure.” Every day at the bakery is a goofy new plot line full of drama and suspense with a comedic callback involving burned bagels. Despite the fact I had written myself off of the show, I was surprisingly emotional on...
Twisp: September 14, 2016

Twisp: September 14, 2016

By Sarah Schrock Some of the mystery has been solved. Last week, I wrote about a business card depicting a parlor house run by a S. Virginia Moore in Twisp in the 1920s in hopes of information into this piece of history. Nora McCloy and Anita Lince-Maling contacted me to let me know that in...
Winthrop: September 14, 2016

Winthrop: September 14, 2016

By Ashley Lodato Winthrop resident and photographer Lidija Kamansky got some good exposure last week when National Geographic selected her “Daybreak at Monument Valley” photo as its “Favorite Landscape for Week 1” of their Nature Photographer of the Year competition. Lidija hasn’t (yet!) won the whole contest, but it’s pretty exciting that National Geographic is...