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VALLEY LIFE
Lower Valley: March 25, 2015

Lower Valley: March 25, 2015

By Joanna Bastian It is not normal to see someone snorkeling in the Methow Valley in March. I have completed a fair amount of meticulous research on the subject and have formulated several strong theories on why snorkeling is not an early spring activity in the Methow Valley: • It is mud season. Underwater vision...
Winthrop: March 25, 2015

Winthrop: March 25, 2015

By Ashley Lodato The other day I chatted with Frankie Waller and she reminded me of a couple of events coming up at the Winthrop Barn in the next few weeks: the membership meeting on Monday (March 30) and the ladies’ tea party and fashion show on April 11. The fashion show will feature local...
Mazama: March 25, 2015

Mazama: March 25, 2015

By Bob Spiwak It’s a sunny Monday morning and the rain predicted for yesterday was barely a trickle this side of Mazama. There is a chance of snow for tonight, followed by warmer days. At Harts Pass the snow level in a week has risen from 79 to 88 inches. The snow/water content is now...
Twisp: March 25, 2015

Twisp: March 25, 2015

By Sally Gracie The robins and phoebes are back in my yard. Some snowbirds have also returned to the valley with exciting stories to tell of their excellent adventures. Wilson Hicks and Susie Gallagher spent three winter months in Mexico. They flew to Mexico City, spent a week there, then rented a car and headed...
Twisp: March 18, 2015

Twisp: March 18, 2015

By Sally Gracie A white puddle beneath my back porch on the north side of the house is all that remains of our winter’s stingy snowfall. Boston broke records with 108.6 inches; I doubt we had 2 feet. The annual fundraiser dinner for Wenatchee’s Trusting Spirit Horse Rescue was held last week at Twisp River...
Winthrop: March 18, 2015

Winthrop: March 18, 2015

By Ashley Lodato No sooner does the snow melt than the sneakers come out of the closet, as evidenced by the official beginning of Cascades Outdoor Store’s second annual Lewis Butte Hill-Climb series. The format, which follows the model received with great enthusiasm and much panting last year, is non-competitive. You show up at the...
Mazama: March 18, 2015

Mazama: March 18, 2015

By Bob Spiwak The past weekend we went from rain to snow to rain to snow, the latter coming Sunday and leaving about an inch of snow that came down in goose-feather flakes. The rain was heavy — there were weather service flood warnings for campgrounds up and down the valley. The wet onslaught added snow depth...
Mazama: March 11, 2015

Mazama: March 11, 2015

By Bob Spiwak After almost a week of warm sunshine, there’s a high overcast today (Monday). The snow is going away and revealing the first layer of ice, then more snow and at the base, more ice — still 3 inches thick in places. Even using the axe end of a Pulaski barely dents it....
Winthrop: March 11, 2015

Winthrop: March 11, 2015

By Ashley Lodato For those of you seeking to enter the e-book world, a great way to do it is through the regional library system, which offers free e-book trainings that teach people how to load free library books onto their devices. ( Did I mention that it’s all free?) The Winthrop library’s training will...
Lower Valley: March 11, 2015

Lower Valley: March 11, 2015

By Joanna Bastian I used to think that the ankle was rather a useless appendage when it came to the activity of writing. Actually — correction — I did not think that at all. I did not correlate a body part at the end of my leg to the activity principally performed by the phalanges above my wrist. Due...