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VALLEY LIFE
Do I have an obsession? You can count on it

Do I have an obsession? You can count on it

By Bob Spiwak It is not unusual for people from all walks of life, and rides of life as well, to ask me if I am doing a car count on Highway 20 during busy traffic weekends in the valley. The query seems to be coming up more often as the years go by. The...
Twisp: July 22, 2015

Twisp: July 22, 2015

By Sally Gracie There’s always been discussion about the true authorship of To Kill a Mockingbird. Did Harper Lee write it or was her friend from Monroeville Alabama, Truman Capote, the author? The question of the novel’s origins has come up again with the publication of a “first” novel, recently “discovered” among the 89-year-old author’s...
Mazama: July 22, 2015

Mazama: July 22, 2015

By Bob Spiwak It has been a slow week here in the upper reaches of the valley. Much of the activity has been at the Rhythm & Blues Festival, or related to it because of the traffic that constantly came by en route to the concert. It began Wednesday afternoon and peaked probably late Thursday...
Winthrop: July 22, 2015

Winthrop: July 22, 2015

By Ashley Lodato Never ones to let the moss grow, John and Kelly Rohrer just finished up hosting a week-long mountain camp for five nephews ages 9-13 (from John’s side of the family, since Kelly’s siblings all had girls). Before the nephews arrived, the Rohrers directed them to memorize different stanzas from “The Cremation of...
Lower Valley: July 15, 2015

Lower Valley: July 15, 2015

By Joanna Bastian When I think back to Thursday, July 17, 2014, I distinctly remember the scorching heat. It felt hotter than the temperature displayed on the thermometer, and every gust of wind was as though someone had opened an oven door. The hot wind delivered chunks of blackened, smoking ash — drifting into the grass and...
Winthrop: July 15, 2015

Winthrop: July 15, 2015

By Ashley Lodato It began as so many wildland fires begin, spreading quickly through the parched grass and trees, throwing up great white pillows of smoke against bluebird skies. It was kind of beautiful, actually, if you didn’t know what lay ahead, which of course we didn’t. It was, after all, July, and there were...
Mazama: July 15, 2015

Mazama: July 15, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Aug. 1, 2014 promised to be a busy day. The fires had been pretty much quelled, and the rains had not yet come to create their own devastation. I was on my way to the new Gamble Sands golf course near Brewster for a golf media event, a prelude to the course’s...
Twisp: July 15, 2015

Twisp: July 15, 2015

By Sally Gracie Methow Valley News editor Don Nelson gave us suggestions for writing about last summer’s fires for this week’s anniversary issue. A fragrant bouquet of Bonnie Stephens’ flowers, purchased at the farmers market, helps reduce my anxiety as I recall “memories, thoughts, people — just general observations about how it felt and how it feels now.” As...
Twisp: July 8, 2015

Twisp: July 8, 2015

By Sally Gracie No nesting birds to watch, so I have settled instead on the yellow jacket trap. I filled it to the line with white grape juice the other day and hung it below the porch on a rusty, metal garden stake — appropriately topped with the figure of a bee. Though the trap has done...
Mazama: July 8, 2015

Mazama: July 8, 2015

By Bob Spiwak For the first time in several weeks, the morning (July 6) was actually cool.  After several nights in a screened backpack tent, I slept in the house yesterday and, without any covers, was awakened by the cold. This morning’s chill may be the result of the smoke from any or all of...