Today is Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

VALLEY LIFE
Mazama: October 15, 2014

Mazama: October 15, 2014

By Bob Spiwak It’s Monday (Oct. 13), and so far this morning a generally cloudy day. The trees are coloring up and down the valley. As usual, the farther west and higher up one goes, the more spectacular the view becomes. This year, with our mostly windy days and nights, a lot of the leaves...
Winthrop: October 15, 2014

Winthrop: October 15, 2014

By Ashley Lodato Like many others in the wake of the summer’s fires (not to mention Joni Mitchell), I’m starting to look at clouds from both sides now. When I see a big cloud piling up behind a ridge my first thought is not “flows of angel hair” but instead “fire!” I find myself scrutinizing...
Twisp: October 15, 2014

Twisp: October 15, 2014

By Sally Gracie In the 15 years since I arrived in the Methow Valley, I’ve been privileged to meet — and sometimes write about —many intelligent and beautiful young women: artists and craftswomen, cooks and garden farmers; all are accomplished at their vocations.  Each, like Katie Russell, the woman I met today, has real passion for...
Methow: October 8, 2014

Methow: October 8, 2014

By Joanna Bastian The Columbia River Quilt Guild wants to give a quilt to everyone who lost a home this summer. Shortly after the Carlton Complex Fire devoured more than 400 square miles and destroyed over 300 homes of friends, neighbors and families, the quilters reached out to quilt shops and quilting guilds around the...
Twisp: October 8, 2014

Twisp: October 8, 2014

By Sally Gracie I was ready to take down the feeder above my back porch several weeks ago, but a hummingbird that loves the valley too much wouldn’t let me. She comes early morning and at dusk and has drunk half the jar of sugar water in the past two weeks. Flying away if I...
Mazama: October 8, 2014

Mazama: October 8, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Bob Cram, his daughter Robin Hall, her husband, Tim, and brother Doug were all in residence at the family manse last week. Bob had called a few days earlier urging Rick LeDuc and me to take him golfing at the new Gamble Sands course outside Brewster — “before I am gone,” he laughed. Bob...
Winthrop: October 8, 2014

Winthrop: October 8, 2014

By Ashley Lodato Paul Herget is a retired carpenter who lives in the valley, and who occasionally sells homemade birdhouses at the farmers market in the spring. In the wake of the fires, Paul, who spends a lot of time out in the woods observing wildlife, got to thinking about birds, and lost habitat, and...
The one-day diary of a potential juror

The one-day diary of a potential juror

By Bob Spiwak Up at 6 a.m., on the Loup highway an hour later, early in September. Sun blazing through the windshield; even vertical and horizontal shades could not keep the brilliance from obstructing views on the road to Okanogan most of the time. My instructions for jury duty were to be at the courthouse...
Mazama: October 1, 2014

Mazama: October 1, 2014

By Bob Spiwak It’s been an interesting week, especially weather-wise. Last Thursday (Sept. 25) was in the middle of days of rain and cloudiness, and while I was driving to Twisp before mid-day, there was a stream of vehicles headed west, their wipers swiping the windshields. All the way to Twisp I conjured the cars’...
Winthrop: October 1, 2014

Winthrop: October 1, 2014

By Ashley Lodato Always one for inspiration, Carolyn Reynaud had a stunner of a scheme the other day: Name Tag Week. The idea is that everyone in the valley wears a name tag for a week, with first and last names, so that those of us who have been introduced to each other but have...