Today is Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

VALLEY LIFE
Methow: October 22, 2014

Methow: October 22, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian Max Judd looked out the window and ran his hand over his brow and through his white hair, his fingers thick from years of working the soil. His gaze fell on the hillside across the river, as if to find words among the yellow and red leaves in the trees. I...
Mazama: October 22, 2014

Mazama: October 22, 2014

By Bob Spiwak The rains have finally arrived, the trees are losing their leaves and soon wintry weather will be upon us. We heard there was a bit of snow at Harts Pass early last week, but none currently. If you have a dog, my wife came up with an idea, maybe not original, as...
Winthrop: October 22, 2014

Winthrop: October 22, 2014

By Ashley Lodato About 10 local teens had an Outward Bound experience over the weekend when they participated in Outward Bound’s leadership course practicum at the Mazama base camp. Outward Bound offers a 50-day semester course for aspiring outdoor leaders and part of that program involves facilitating a three-day outdoor experience for younger students. The...
Twisp: October 22, 2014

Twisp: October 22, 2014

By Sally Gracie Whether you’re fond of the murder mystery genre or you’re not, you’ll enjoy Murder by the Book, continuing this weekend at The Merc Playhouse in Twisp, Thursday (Oct. 23) through Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Don’t expect Miss Marple here. Murder by the Book shakes the polite mystery...
Mazama: October 15, 2014

Mazama: October 15, 2014

By Bob Spiwak It’s Monday (Oct. 13), and so far this morning a generally cloudy day. The trees are coloring up and down the valley. As usual, the farther west and higher up one goes, the more spectacular the view becomes. This year, with our mostly windy days and nights, a lot of the leaves...
Winthrop: October 15, 2014

Winthrop: October 15, 2014

By Ashley Lodato Like many others in the wake of the summer’s fires (not to mention Joni Mitchell), I’m starting to look at clouds from both sides now. When I see a big cloud piling up behind a ridge my first thought is not “flows of angel hair” but instead “fire!” I find myself scrutinizing...
Twisp: October 15, 2014

Twisp: October 15, 2014

By Sally Gracie In the 15 years since I arrived in the Methow Valley, I’ve been privileged to meet — and sometimes write about —many intelligent and beautiful young women: artists and craftswomen, cooks and garden farmers; all are accomplished at their vocations.  Each, like Katie Russell, the woman I met today, has real passion for...
Methow: October 8, 2014

Methow: October 8, 2014

By Joanna Bastian The Columbia River Quilt Guild wants to give a quilt to everyone who lost a home this summer. Shortly after the Carlton Complex Fire devoured more than 400 square miles and destroyed over 300 homes of friends, neighbors and families, the quilters reached out to quilt shops and quilting guilds around the...
Twisp: October 8, 2014

Twisp: October 8, 2014

By Sally Gracie I was ready to take down the feeder above my back porch several weeks ago, but a hummingbird that loves the valley too much wouldn’t let me. She comes early morning and at dusk and has drunk half the jar of sugar water in the past two weeks. Flying away if I...
Mazama: October 8, 2014

Mazama: October 8, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Bob Cram, his daughter Robin Hall, her husband, Tim, and brother Doug were all in residence at the family manse last week. Bob had called a few days earlier urging Rick LeDuc and me to take him golfing at the new Gamble Sands course outside Brewster — “before I am gone,” he laughed. Bob...