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VALLEY LIFE
Lower Valley: September 12, 2018

Lower Valley: September 12, 2018

By Joanna Bastian Holy smokes, Batman! Finding clean pockets of air is like jockeying for good seats at a concert. At a concert, if you’re lucky, you can reserve perfect seats with a great view. Otherwise, you and your crew spread out strategically and whistle or howl when the good seats are found and secured....
Twisp: September 12, 2018

Twisp: September 12, 2018

By Sarah Schrock Tears trickled down the cheeks of some wide-eyed kindergarteners at Methow Valley Elementary on Monday (Sept. 10). Many kinder-moms too were on heightened emotions (I am sure there were a few dads shedding a tear or two, too) as they dropped off their little one for their first day. It’s a sensitive...
Winthrop: September 12, 2018

Winthrop: September 12, 2018

By Ashley Lodato Many of us have been enjoying the fresh air and clear skies by taking hikes or doing short camping trips. But a select few hardy souls are embracing the great outdoors at extreme levels of activity lately, such as Mitchell Harter, son of Methow Valley residents John and Sheri Harter. Mitchell is...
Mazama: September 12, 2018

Mazama: September 12, 2018

By Erika Kar It rained! Not much, but enough to wake up to the smell of the forest, and not the forest-on-fire smell that has become the norm either. Instead we got the smell of leaves, earth and a freshness that causes even the busiest of people to stop, close their eyes, point their nose into...
Winthrop: September 5, 2018

Winthrop: September 5, 2018

By Ashley Lodato Some kids like to take it easy during summer vacation, but not ninth-grader Sam Wottlin. Sam has been riding horses most of his life and has participated in rodeo events, but this past summer he took his riding skills to a new level by training with professional rodeo rider and Twisp native...
Mazama: September 5, 2018

Mazama: September 5, 2018

By Erika Kar There’s this guy that I used to see walking on the road every now and then. He wore a leather kilt and black beret with a feather stuck in it, carried a rucksack and walking stick, and he looked like he probably lived in the woods. I would wave to him when I...
Winthrop: August 29, 2018

Winthrop: August 29, 2018

By Ashley Lodato Fifteen-year-old valley resident Cody Wottlin has been working for Steve Darwood’s Cascade Wilderness Outfitters for two years and has done a fair bit of horse packing, so a recent trip into Spanish Camp in the Pasayten didn’t initially seem like it was going to be anything out of the ordinary. He and...
Twisp: August 29, 2018

Twisp: August 29, 2018

By Sarah Schrock Dear August: I have been trying to find the words to say this. I miss you. I miss us. We have been together for a long time and during all those years, I have grown to love your harshness, or at least tolerate it. But that harshness has become unbearable. When you...
Mazama: August 29, 2018

Mazama: August 29, 2018

By Erika Kar Babies are pretty popular. Babies are the great uniter. Even the surliest of us will at least muster up a half-smile at a baby video on Facebook. Politicians try to rouse up good feelings within us by kissing babies, especially when a camera is around. But there is one baby that tends to...
Winthrop: August 22, 2018

Winthrop: August 22, 2018

By Ashley Lodato As is often my habit on Sunday nights, I asked a few people what I should write about in my column for this week. The answer was unanimous: smoke. To write about the smoke, or to not write about the smoke: That was the question I asked myself as I sat down...