Today is Tuesday, May. 23, 2017

VALLEY LIFE
Twisp: May 10, 2017

Twisp: May 10, 2017

By Sarah Schrock An incredible mix of pirates, Lost Boys, sea urchins, runners in spandex and exotic costumes made of old Barbie dolls and food waste converged in Twisp for a jam-packed weekend. Twisp was host to three of my most favorite events in the valley for an impressive display of art and sport.  In...
Winthrop: May 10, 2017

Winthrop: May 10, 2017

By Ashley Lodato Have you seen the Future? Kelly Rohrer has, because it — he — was seated right next to her on a flight from Spokane to Palm Springs. Now if, like Kelly and me, you had never before heard of Future the rapper, take this moment to Google him, so that you can...
Lower Valley: May 10, 2017

Lower Valley: May 10, 2017

By Joanna Bastian My favorite view of the Methow Valley is in all directions. Out the kitchen window, two gently sloping hillsides greet each other in a gentle embrace, their mantles changing color with each season: winter white, early spring green, blooming balsam yellow, and late summer’s sepia brown. From the south-facing windows, the trees...
Mazama: May 10, 2017

Mazama: May 10, 2017

By Mandi Donohue I got the chance to chat this week with the incomparable Donni Reddington. She’s not only hilarious and vivacious but like this fellow Libra, she’s a serial job changer. When society tells us we need to stick with one thing in the name of “responsibility,” she follows her muse. For Donni, following your...
Mazama: April 26, 2017

Mazama: April 26, 2017

By Mandi Donohue While grooming for the Nordic ski trails this winter, my husband noticed that there was graffiti under the bridge in Mazama. I was really surprised to hear this so I went down to take a look. Sure enough, there they were. First, a Rastafarian “One Love” tag, and two others are initials. A...
Twisp: April 26, 2017

Twisp: April 26, 2017

By Sarah Schrock There’s something new popping up around the valley and it’s not a wildflower. Claudia Webber, chef and event planner extraordinaire, is starting a dinner “pop-up” effort called Methow Vall-Eats Pop-Up Dinner Series. The dinners will pop up now and then throughout the valley at varying venues to capture holidays or seasons. Claudia...
Winthrop: April 26, 2017

Winthrop: April 26, 2017

By Ashley Lodato What with all the recent accusations of wire-tapping, and then Congress killing Internet privacy protections, the concept of “Big Brother” has been floating around with renewed relevance (even resulting in a 10,000 percent increase in sales of George Orwell’s “1984”). But another kind of Big Brother has made at least one Methow...
Lower Valley: April 26, 2017

Lower Valley: April 26, 2017

By Joanna Bastian Ode to Carlton Carlton, the Mediterranean of the Methow The clearest, bluest swimming hole Sandy beaches lined with umbrellas to block the sun Where locals splash and visit, enjoying summertime fun Across the road, the Carlton Store – cold drinks and snacks Ice cream, dinner, dry goods, fishing gear, T-shirts and hats...
Mazama: April 5, 2017

Mazama: April 5, 2017

By Mandi Donohue The idea of the “All-American Kid” has a tendency to make my eye twitch. While typically a comforting connotation, it can come across to me like artificial sweetener.  Faux integrity, chemical character and filler accomplishment can be a superficial box we stuff our kids into for the sake of college applications and a...
Winthrop: April 5, 2017

Winthrop: April 5, 2017

By Ashley Lodato Do you check your license plates before you get in your car? No, neither do I. But I might start to now, after hearing about Winthrop- native Remington Rohrer’s recent experience, and you might too. Remington was headed to dinner with friends in Kirkland last week and he stopped at Fred Meyer...