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Mazama: January 21, 2015

Mazama: January 21, 2015

By Bob Spiwak January 19: The weather out there mirrors the feelings of us Green Bay Packer fans: gray, dark, depressing and slippery. That last is appropriate for the poor guy who dropped the ball on the onside kick by Seattle. Was it a drop, or knocked away from him? Only the film knows. Five...
Winthrop: January 21, 2015

Winthrop: January 21, 2015

By Ashley Lodato The other night I was at the four-way stop in Winthrop behind a car with a rear license plate spelling out “GA-ME 1978,” which I imagine indicates that the owner of the car hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine in 1978 (and, incidentally, would have been one of about only...
Twisp: January 21, 2015

Twisp: January 21, 2015

By Sally Gracie I bet all of you crazy-for-the-Seahawks readers are feeling pretty good today. There were just a few minutes left when the tide finally turned. None of the earlier turnovers and interceptions seemed to matter in the last minutes of the fourth quarter.  With a little less than four minutes on the clock,...
Mazama: January 14, 2015

Mazama: January 14, 2015

By Bob Spiwak It is 9:30 a.m. Monday (Jan. 12). The fog has been enveloping us all week, occasionally peppered by light snowfalls. Living on the coast years ago, we would measure the amount of fog by utility poles. A three- or four-pole “fogger” at the limit of visibility represented the area where even car...
Twisp: January 14, 2015

Twisp: January 14, 2015

By Sally Gracie Liberty Bell High School freshman Logan Butler earned community service hours by collecting Christmas trees at the Coyote Ridge Automotive drop-off point in Twisp last Saturday. Trees that would normally go to a burn pile will instead be used to improve fish habitat. The project was sponsored by the Yakama Nations Fisheries....
Winthrop: January 14, 2015

Winthrop: January 14, 2015

By Ashley Lodato If you’re all fired up to learn more about the role wildfires play in our landscapes, consider taking the Methow Conservancy’s upcoming six-week conservation course, which will explore many angles of the short- and long-term effects of the Carlton Complex fires and ecological recovery through lectures by local and regional specialists. Some...
Methow: January 14, 2015

Methow: January 14, 2015

Methow By Joanna Bastian Thirty degrees feels absolutely balmy after December’s initial foray into single-digit temperatures. The current beach-worthy weather has done little to diminish my coat envy. It is time for a new warm coat, especially since my overly qualified herding dog tried to save me and my down jacket with her teeth during...
Mazama: Jan. 7, 2015

Mazama: Jan. 7, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Monday, 10 a.m. Temperature 28 at ground level and 33 high on the house.  It has been quite a 24 hours, and now it is raining. Two hours ago it was freezing rain and prior to that about 4 inches of snow. In short, it is a mess, and a crunchy one...
Winthrop: Jan. 7, 2015

Winthrop: Jan. 7, 2015

By Ashley Lodato If you were out on the ski trails in the past two weeks, or if you were at the ice rink, or if you were walking around downtown Winthrop, you might reasonably draw the conclusion, based on the number of people you witnessed doing the exact same thing as you, that people...
Twisp: Jan. 7, 2015

Twisp: Jan. 7, 2015

By Sally Gracie Happy 2015. I can’t say I’m sorry to see 2014 behind me. Let’s hope and pray that we have no repeat of our fire summer. Lightning doesn’t strike twice! My perfect little Noble fir stands lighted in the corner of the living room. I usually wait until Jan. 6, the twelfth day...