Today is Thursday, Apr. 23, 2015

VALLEY LIFE
Lower Valley: April 22, 2015

Lower Valley: April 22, 2015

By Joanna Bastian Due to a recent, unexpected “slash and burn” event last July that shall not be named, spring cleaning is a bigger task this year than in previous years. Methowians are hard at work fixing irrigation lines and fences, clearing building sites, and replanting trees and bushes. On our property in the lower...
Mazama: April 22, 2015

Mazama: April 22, 2015

By Bob Spiwak The warm sunny days, coupled with the highway opening a few weeks ago, produced an unfamiliar amount of traffic on the highway after the winter layover. Notable were the numbers of motorcycles going by — 25 in one group. We’ve probably said this before: The noise of bikes coming from the west...
Winthrop: April 22, 2015

Winthrop: April 22, 2015

By Ashley Lodato You can bank on Earth Day being celebrated in style at Farmers State Bank. For the sixth year in a row, the bank will start its Earth Day party at about 10 a.m., serving an “earth cake” made by Arrowleaf Bistro and organic coffee from Lariat Coffee Roasters. The bank staff spends...
Twisp: April 22, 2015

Twisp: April 22, 2015

By Sally Gracie Build it, hang it, and they will come. And aren’t they the handsome couple! Patrick Hannigan hung my Nice Nest for swallows on the side of the outbuilding last week. By early Sunday morning (April 19), several pairs of tree swallows — deep blue iridescent backs and white fronts — swooped and swallowed over the yard,...
Mazama: April 15, 2015

Mazama: April 15, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Things are quiet east of Lost River. Actually, they usually are. We have a policy at SLIME, like Las Vegas and paraphrasing, that what I hear here stays here unless I get permission to use it. It does not apply to things of general information (no gossip) and events — and certainly not politics...
Twisp: April 15, 2015

Twisp: April 15, 2015

By Sally Gracie Liberty Bell High School wrestlers boast bleached blonde hair for the state championship meet — and following that example, 12 of the local youth wrestler little guys sported green and gold, thanks to the skills of stylist Devin Barnhart, parent of a young wrestler. I will be sad when the colors fade; so will...
Winthrop: May 15, 2015

Winthrop: May 15, 2015

By Ashley Lodato Methow Valley people always love it when a hometown kid gets famous, or even better: semi-famous. The Aly Rae music video that has been circulating amongst those who knew Alyson Eckmann when she was growing up in Winthrop may have found its way to your inbox recently and if so, you may...
Winthrop: April 8, 2015

Winthrop: April 8, 2015

By Ashley Lodato Everybody is always excited when the North Cascades Highway opens again for the season, and this year is no exception, with people celebrating one of the earliest openings in 42 years. To be sure, driving to and from the west side is quicker and a lot more beautiful than going around “the...
Mazama: April 8, 2015

Mazama: April 8, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Washington Pass opened a few days ago and there was a notable increase in traffic on Highway 20 in both directions, as was expected. The Mazama Store parking lot filled quickly after the event. Driving through Winthrop on Saturday, the day following opening of the road, there was a plethora of vehicles...
Twisp: April 8, 2015

Twisp: April 8, 2015

By Sally Gracie My favorite hummer hovered at my porch, asking me to put the feeder out on March 31! At least three weeks early. For Mary Ann Bame, the highlight of her visit to Austin, Texas, was cheering for her grandson Luke at three of his games. Luke plays left field and pitches for...