Today is Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

VALLEY LIFE
Twisp: September 10, 2014

Twisp: September 10, 2014

By Sally Gracie The parade of firefighting trucks that passed my front door twice daily has been replaced by pickups towing horse trailers and flatbed trailers carrying hay. For those of us who aren’t rebuilding houses or rehabilitating pasture, our lives have picked up where they might have been had there been no summer of...
Evel, Efren and me — an unexpected connection

Evel, Efren and me — an unexpected connection

By Bob Spiwak All this took place in, I believe, 1978 — two years after the Seattle Seahawks had become an expansion team in the National Football League. Among the big names such as Hall of Fame receiver Steve Largent and coach Jack Patera was a Mexican-born, 5-foot, 8-inch, 185-pound placekicker, Efren Herrera. The Seahawks were a...
Winthrop: September 10, 2014

Winthrop: September 10, 2014

By Ashley Lodato “Oh, the farmer and the cowman should be friends,” sings Andrew Carnes  in the musical Oklahoma. And if Saturday night’s street dance in Winthrop was any indication, the agronomist and the stockman in the Methow Valley are getting along just fine. The cowboys were dancing with the farmers’ daughters and the farmers...
Methow: September 10, 2014

Methow: September 10, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian “Tango November Three Niner Forty Four Whiskey,” It sounded like a secret language that Monte Catlin was fluent in. He should be — Monte has spoken pilot-talk since he was 16. Growing up around the Puget Sound area, Monte watched his older brother start flying planes and decided that folding his...
Mazama: September 10, 2014

Mazama: September 10, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Not much happening in the Mazama environs this week. Now that Labor Day is past, the traffic has been heavier than we might have expected. The Mazama Store has an unbelievable number of vehicles parked even before it opens at 7 a.m. A year ago it was, until an hour or so...
Mazama: September 3, 2014

Mazama: September 3, 2014

By Bob Spiwak This Labor Day we did something different from any other year since the 1900s. We tabulated vehicular traffic through West Boesel (mileposts 185-186) an hour earlier, from 9 – 10 a.m., instead of the hour following as has been the custom. The count was down, as we shall illustrate. It seemed in years past...
Winthrop: September 3, 2014

Winthrop: September 3, 2014

By Ashley Lodato The clear skies and cooler temperatures have been an invitation to hit the mountains lately and those Methow Valley residents who are able have been answering the call. Quite a few locals (as well as a great number of visitors) were spotted in the Stiletto Peak area over the weekend, now that...
Methow: August 27, 2014

Methow: August 27, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian Stretching back in time, to late summer 2011, I walked with Taza Keene near her home on Squaw Creek. She was showing me the remnants of the original town site of Methow — then named for the stream running nearby. In that brief moment in time, a mossy roof covered a pit house,...
Mazama: August 27, 2014

Mazama: August 27, 2014

By Bob Spiwak It’s been a couple of fall-like mornings lately — this morning’s low temperature report at the SLIME gathering was 45 degrees. To put that in perspective, it is a mere 13 degrees above freezing. As if to underscore the group’s somewhat unusual collection of storytellers, newsmakers and out-and-out liars, the most commentary about the...
Winthrop: August 27, 2014

Winthrop: August 27, 2014

By Ashley Lodato The sounds of summer: the rhythmic trill of peepers, coyotes’ haunting cries, the gurgle of the river, wind softly brushing pines. Add for summer 2014: thunder’s electric reverberation, the bang and zap of lighting, the wail of sirens, the chak-chak-chak of helicopters, the drone of water tankers, the mesmerizing muffled rumble of...