Today is Tuesday, May. 24, 2016

VALLEY LIFE
Twisp: May 18, 2016

Twisp: May 18, 2016

By Sarah Schrock I am skeptical of the notion of death without regret. Sure, all of us would love to arrive at the finish line without harboring doubts over our lives decisions. But this weekend I managed to generate a regret I am sure to go to my grave with: missing “A Prairie Home Companion”...
Winthrop: May 18, 2016

Winthrop: May 18, 2016

By Ashley Lodato It has been a good spring for seeing old familiar faces and places. Susan Prichard was in McMinnville, Oregon, delivering a series of lectures about fire ecology at Linfield College. Her visit included a faculty dinner with the college’s environmental studies and biology professors, where she was told she was to be...
Snake oil

Snake oil

By Bob Spiwak Saturday afternoon. I was in my workshop banging away, metal on metal, when in a pause I hear Ms. Gloria calling to me. I could not discern what she was wanting so I opened the door and politely yelled “what?” She responded again and I advised her that I could not make...
Twisp: May 11, 2016

Twisp: May 11, 2016

By Sarah Schrock The Merc Playhouse’s run of The Wind in the Willows brought nearly 30 kids to the stage as the first children’s performance in honor of Tommy Zbyszewski. Tom performed in numerous acts at The Merc before his life was taken while fighting the Twisp River Fire last summer. I remember Tom in...
Winthrop: May 11, 2016

Winthrop: May 11, 2016

By Ashley Lodato If you happened to catch “60 Minutes” on May 1, you learned about the Rift Valley Children’s Village (RVCV) in the Karatu Region of northern Tanzania. This village, which provides permanent homes and education for 94 orphaned children, has for the past 10 years also offered dental services, courtesy of the Methow...
Lower Valley: May 11, 2016

Lower Valley: May 11, 2016

By Joanna Bastian Due to a series of unfortunate events I did not have any bees last year. Long story short: 2014 gave us all a complex, stressing the bees going into winter of 2015, which they did not survive. Ankle reconstruction left me dubious about handling bee boxes while hopping around on one leg....
Twisp: May 4, 2016

Twisp: May 4, 2016

By Sarah Schrock There’s a magical ephemeral period in the desert when an oasis emerges and life surges from the ground. Hidden from the surface awaiting the water to loosen the soil, to moisten the seeds, and to wet their skin, amphibious critters that have been dormant underground anticipate their emergence.  Here in the valley...
Winthrop: May 4, 2016

Winthrop: May 4, 2016

By Ashley Lodato The age-old question — “Why did the chicken cross the road?” — was given a definitive answer last week. Not surprisingly, it was “to get to the other side,” but that simple answer undermines the complexity of this particular chicken’s (actually a rooster) thought process. In a decidedly socialist move, our neighbors, Keri and Seth Miles,...
Twisp: April 27, 2016

Twisp: April 27, 2016

By Sarah Schrock Leave it to Twisp to serve up gluten-free matzah balls on Earth Day at a local Passover Seder. At least a two dozen Jews and Gentiles gathered at two separate homes last Friday to celebrate Passover. Lasting eight days and nights, Passover celebrates the liberation of Jews from the bondage of slavery...
Winthrop: April 27, 2016

Winthrop: April 27, 2016

By Ashley Lodato A surprising number of people from the first wave of visitors to drive into Winthrop over the North Cascades Highway last Friday found themselves at Farmers State Bank, enjoying Arrowleaf Bistro’s “earth cake” and organic Lariat coffee, in honor of Farmers’ seventh annual Earth Day celebration. Bank staff wore green T-shirts with...