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Methow: Nov. 26, 2014

Methow: Nov. 26, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian “Many people stop by here. They usually sit in the car for a while before knocking on the door and I can tell exactly what they want to talk to about,” Carolee Spaulding nodded her head and chuckled. “If they are over 80, they tell stories about going to school and...
Winthrop: Nov. 26, 2014

Winthrop: Nov. 26, 2014

By Ashley Lodato Gratitude — it’s so in vogue at this time of year. Seriously, other than “holiday-blowout-sale” and “limited-time-offer,” is there any word used more around Thanksgiving than “gratitude”? Here’s the thing, though — gratitude is no seasonal trend. It’s a practice that will actually add greater meaning to your life than that new $199.50 plasma TV, which...
Twisp: Nov. 26, 2014

Twisp: Nov. 26, 2014

By Sally Gracie Wouldn’t it be something if Rose Weagant could create a program about the 1948 flood as she did with “BURN: Stories of the Fire,” which played to a full house at The Merc Playhouse on Saturday (Nov. 22)? Ki Gottberg, artistic director of The Merc, explained that what we would see is...
Mazama: Nov. 26, 2014

Mazama: Nov. 26, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Sunday morning (Nov. 23) — snowing, pretty vigorously. We got a little over 7 inches yesterday before the sun came out, albeit briefly. It was the annual rite of plowing and blowing. The idea is to stay ahead of it. Harts Pass, where plows rarely venture, had 25 inches last night, up a foot...
Mazama: Nov. 19, 2014

Mazama: Nov. 19, 2014

By Bob Spiwak The weather the past week has been sunny and oh-so-cold for this time of year. Our low was 7 degrees and it has been a while since we got above freezing other than in the direct sun. I believe the temperature rose to 34 one day in the shade. Up at Harts...
Winthrop: Nov. 19, 2014

Winthrop: Nov. 19, 2014

By Ashley Lodato The Feet Versus Fire event took place in a beautiful two-hour window between early morning sprinkles and an afternoon downpour, with 62 humans and an assortment of canines participating in the 5-kilometer and 10K run/walk/bike. After pronouncing themselves “valley strong,” the participants headed out along the Community Trail. Not surprisingly, Liberty Bell...
Twisp: Nov. 19, 2014

Twisp: Nov. 19, 2014

By Sally Gracie Once again, I’d like to hear from you about your picks for best books of the year. Fiction or nonfiction, these should be books actually published in 2014. Additionally, I’d like to hear from book clubs about their best reads of the year. Your description should include title and author, setting, a...
Methow: Nov. 12, 2014

Methow: Nov. 12, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian For the last two weeks I’ve been traipsing the countryside gathering stories that highlight the personal, economic and emotional impact this last summer has had on all of us. The stories will be shared in Trial by Fire, a magazine-style publication by the Methow Valley News that will arrive in mid-December....
Twisp: Nov. 12, 2014

Twisp: Nov. 12, 2014

By Sally Gracie As warm temperatures have lingered until this week, the lavender has re-bloomed and a shrub has scattered pink blossoms. The black-eyed Susans haven’t given up the ghost, and a geranium has a new bud. I could have brought it indoors. I feel we gave up summer here in the valley, so I’m finding...
Winthrop: Nov. 12, 2014

Winthrop: Nov. 12, 2014

By Ashley Lodato The date for the Methow Valley Spinners and Weavers Guild’s annual sale is looming (Nov 21 – 22) and the members of the guild are tying up loose ends in preparation. There are about 30 members in the guild; among them are seven who live near Twin Lakes and Wolf Creek roads (Jackie Hovis,...