Today is Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

VALLEY LIFE
Mazama: August 17, 2016

Mazama: August 17, 2016

By Mandi Donohue Cheryl Goerger, my neighbor in Lost River, sent me a fascinating New York Times article called “How to Give Rural America Broadband? Look to the Early 1900s.” It was mind-blowing. In the 1940s, subsidiaries of local electric cooperatives transformed rural areas by bringing electricity to the locals. Today, these same companies are hanging...
Twisp: August 17, 2016

Twisp: August 17, 2016

By Sarah Schrock Before I begin, I want to apologize for my blunders in last week’s column about the pool party. I totally blew it on the who’s who and what they do. First off, Emele Clothier sang folk songs along with Fred Cooley, not Lauralee Northcott. I am sorry to have confused these talented...
Winthrop: August 17, 2016

Winthrop: August 17, 2016

By Ashley Lodato Like many people around the valley, I’ve been thinking about the Twisp River Fire this week, and about the firefighters in Engine 642. I remember in particular one night in the spring of 2013, a couple of months after Tom Zbyszewski was the runner-up at the state Poetry Out Loud finals. I...
Mazama: August 10, 2016

Mazama: August 10, 2016

By Mandi Donohue Dear friends, I am truly sorry to tell you that I misreported last week. Logan Ellis has not made 20,000 sandwiches for the Mazama Store this summer alone. Instead he has successfully made 20,000 sandwiches for the store over the past two summers collectively. (I also need to mention that Chef Eric of...
Twisp: August 10, 2016

Twisp: August 10, 2016

By Sarah Schrock The 50th birthday party for the Wagner Memorial Pool drew supporters and pool patrons Sunday under the shade at Twisp Park. Attendees listened to live music by local favorites Fred Cooley with Lauralee Northcott, and Sky Kyss along with Noah Ashford, who supplied the sound system and DJ’d the event. Many others...
Lower Valley: August 10, 2016

Lower Valley: August 10, 2016

By Joanna Bastian In February 2014, Dale Burnison invited me into his workshop, which was warmed by a woodstove and carpeted in wood shavings. At the time, he had just begun crafting a vintage style hydroplane boat. For decades, Dale raced hydroplanes in the limited class (smaller than the unlimiteds that longtime fans of boat...
Winthrop: August 10, 2016

Winthrop: August 10, 2016

By Ashley Lodato A small group of friends quietly marked the end of an era at North Cascades Basecamp at a potluck on Sunday evening. The Basecamp, which was started in the early 1980s as a European-style lodge by Dick and Sue Roberts and for the past six years has been owned and operated by...
Mazama: Aug. 3, 2016

Mazama: Aug. 3, 2016

By Mandi Donohue Man, you hippies can dance. You know, you’re all very mature and responsible adults until Bill Pope throws a second annual garden party at the Mazama Country Inn. What a night. Laura Love and The Family Dog had the “grass floor” packed with young and old alike, dancers digging deep into soul and...
Twisp: Aug. 3, 2016

Twisp: Aug. 3, 2016

By Sarah Schrock The zombie apocalypse has arrived. They are invading homes, gardens, ranches and just about anything that gets in their path. Grab your children, your pets and your garlic because these monsters will eat anything, even each other. Their sheer numbers and menacing chirps and screeches are enough to drive one to madness....
Winthrop: Aug. 3, 2016

Winthrop: Aug. 3, 2016

By Ashley Lodato It was a weekend for bittersweet endings. The Methow Valley Killer Whales swim team wrapped up what was both an unusual and a short season, celebrating with a SplashFest party at the Wagner Memorial Pool on Sunday. After losing the county championship for the first time in more than a decade (to...