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VALLEY LIFE
Winthrop: Feb. 25, 2015

Winthrop: Feb. 25, 2015

By Ashley Lodato Part-time Pine Forest resident (and daughter of valley residents Kurt and Susan Snover) Amy Snover recently returned from a trip to the White House, where she was one of eight people being nationally recognized as a “Champion of Change for Climate Education and Literacy.” The White House’s “Champions of Change” program is...
Lower Valley: Feb. 25, 2015

Lower Valley: Feb. 25, 2015

By Joanna Bastian The garage has been gone for nearly seven months now. You truly never appreciate something until it’s gone. Especially something as inconsequential as a garage. We were at Goat’s Beard Mountain Supply in Mazama, replacing skis and ski boots a few months ago, when my husband mentioned that the garage had a...
Twisp: Feb. 25, 2015

Twisp: Feb. 25, 2015

By Sally Gracie I spent Sunday watching Academy Award “best picture” nominees on pay-per view. After playing a role in The Merc Playhouse Readers Theater production on Friday and Saturday, I was most taken by Birdman, a story about a Hollywood super-hero who, to prove his worth, risks everything as an actor on Broadway. Needless...
Mazama: Feb 25, 2015

Mazama: Feb 25, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Gee, this is almost getting boring. Another sunny Monday morning. The forecast for later in the week calls for some snow, but we have been seeing this for close to a month and so far it has not materialized. My own mantra, and maybe that of a few others, is that the...
Winthrop: Feb. 18, 2015

Winthrop: Feb. 18, 2015

By Ashley Lodato A stylishly dressed young local woman recently overheard the following from a visitor who was perusing the racks in the French Quail in downtown Winthrop: “I can’t imagine where people who live here would wear this kind of clothing.” Where indeed?! It may be true that much of the time we’re wearing...
Mazama: Feb. 18, 2015

Mazama: Feb. 18, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Monday morning and sunny, and the sun is very warm, continuing the melt that becomes ice overnight. Still lots of snow on the land, and crowds of skiers to take advantage of it. The major ski areas south of here are suffering from lack of snow. Up at Harts Pass the snow...
Twisp: Feb. 18, 2015

Twisp: Feb. 18, 2015

By Sally Gracie Did you read Ashley Lodato’s “In Defense of the Gossip Columnist?” That column was an adaptation of the witty essay she shared at the 113th birthday party for the Methow Valley News a few weeks ago. If only Ashley and I could publish all the rumors and gossip we are privy to, we...
Twisp: Feb. 11, 2015

Twisp: Feb. 11, 2015

By Sally Gracie Rod Molzahn will present his very entertaining “A Visit With Will” this Friday (Feb. 13) at 7 p.m. at The Merc Playhouse. (I know it is entertaining, as I saw Rod perform as Will several years ago). The “Will” is, of course, William Shakespeare. “This is not a lecture,” Rod wants us...
Winthrop: Feb. 11, 2015

Winthrop: Feb. 11, 2015

By Ashley Lodato Many thanks to all of you who, after reading last week’s column, have come forth with just the sort of interesting non-news that a gossip columnist can spin into a sound bite (or a write bite?). For example, Lynette Westendorf’s mom just turned 90. Entering your tenth decade? That’s big news in...
Lower Valley: Feb. 11, 2015

Lower Valley: Feb. 11, 2015

By Joanna Bastian A few months ago, I watched a story unfold in the lower Methow Valley. Along the banks of the river — where the course takes a graceful bend before spreading into Lake Pateros — a small camping tent popped up where two houses stood before the fires. Soon after, the site was completely cleared, and prep...