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VALLEY LIFE
Mazama: February 22, 2017

Mazama: February 22, 2017

By Mandi Donohue In Lost River, our little community tends to wind down by 4 p.m. most nights. By 6 p.m., it’s surreally quiet as we’ve all settled in with our guilty pleasure of choice, in our jammies by the fire. I had forgotten it was a holiday weekend until I noticed the evidence for such:...
Winthrop: February 22, 2017

Winthrop: February 22, 2017

By Ashley Lodato I accompanied the Methow Valley Nordic Team up to Canada for the weekend, for races near Kamloops, B.C. The 36 of us light-skinned skiers and parents breezed through the border crossings on each end of the trip, with warm welcomes from both countries as we entered. Some of us idly (and rhetorically)...
Twisp: February 22, 2017

Twisp: February 22, 2017

By Sarah Schrock Any modern-day mother knows the trials and tribulations on deciding on how to vaccinate their children. Conventional medical recommendations call for a slew of preventative injections upon birth and thereafter through childhood. Despite the recommendations, many parents opt out or vary the course of vaccinations for an alternative schedule. Reasons for departure...
Lower Valley: February 22, 2017

Lower Valley: February 22, 2017

By Joanna Bastian Elaine Timentwa Emerson is an accomplished artist. Her woven cedar baskets are displayed in museums throughout the Pacific Northwest, and she teaches traditional weaving practices with several organizations. Elaine is also a language instructor for the Colville Confederated Tribes. As an expert linguist and respected elder, Elaine is a valuable resource in...
Mazama: February 15, 2017

Mazama: February 15, 2017

By Mandi Donohue Having been single more often than not in life, Valentine’s Day was never about red roses from the quarterback or a diamond heart-shaped pendant from the “Forever Us” collection at Kay Jewelers. I learned early on that it could be a lot more than celebrating your significant other. Sometimes it was about doing...
Winthrop: February 15, 2017

Winthrop: February 15, 2017

By Ashley Lodato Many of us voice idle aspirations, but the father-son team of Jerry and Dylan Oliver recently made good on at least one impulse ambition. Nine years ago, Jerry summited Mount Rainier, and the experience stuck with him. Still, it wasn’t until a day trip snowshoeing up Goat Peak in the spring about...
Twisp: February 15, 2017

Twisp: February 15, 2017

By Sarah Schrock Known as the evening star, Venus is remarkably crisp and bright just after sunset this month in the western sky.  It is fitting then that Venus, goddess of romantic love, fertility, and all things sensual in Roman mythology, and mother of Cupid, is shining in the night sky mid-February as Valentine’s Day...
Mazama: February 9, 2017

Mazama: February 9, 2017

By Mandi Donohue If you were to visit San Diego Comicon, the annual comic book convention, you would know that “Star Wars” fans and “Star Trek” fans do not mix. I am grateful, however, to live in a valley where Leia and Spock can ski together at the fourth Annual Methow Valley Ski for Women without...
Winthrop: February 9, 2017

Winthrop: February 9, 2017

By Ashley Lodato It’s always nice to be reminded of the good things happening around us. Linda Mendro tells me that two of her young pals recently raised $600 to benefit the Peniel House, the orphanage and school that Linda and Wayne are involved with in Lubumbashi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Fifth-graders Ila...
Twisp: February 9, 2017

Twisp: February 9, 2017

By Sarah Schrock After a dry and cold start, it’s finally shaping up to be a proper snowy winter. The groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter with the temps holding out, so we can hold on to it a bit longer before the inevitable thaw. As a skiing buddy said after a backcountry tour...