Today is Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

VALLEY LIFE
Methow: August 13, 2014

Methow: August 13, 2014

By Joanna Bastian A carved Sasquatch stands guard on the South Fork of Gold Creek. One eye is missing, giving him the flirtatious look of a wink. I tried to interview him a few times. I asked him how long he had been standing there, if he had a girlfriend, and what hair products he...
Mazama: August 13, 2014

Mazama: August 13, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Here it is Monday morning (Aug. 11) and the sky is full of smoke. It seems to be bothering quite a few peoples’ breathing, but thus far while I have noticed no ill effects. A familiar refrain these days is something along the order of “I am so sick of the fire...
Winthrop: August 13, 2014

Winthrop: August 13, 2014

By Ashley Lodato When the Rising Eagle Road Fire broke out, Ken Bevis and Teri Pieper had only a few moments to collect their belongings and evacuate. They then left their house, not knowing what the outcome would be. Their neighbors across the valley, however, had a great view of the fire and took photos...
Twisp: August 13, 2014

Twisp: August 13, 2014

By Sally Gracie Except for some unpleasant fire-related smog, the only great drama on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 10) was the final performance of William Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night at The Merc Playhouse. Local fires and a lack of electricity had mandated cancelling five of the 11 previously-scheduled performances. Director Ki Gottberg gathered her troupe of actors from both...
The diary of a fiery weekend

The diary of a fiery weekend

By Bob Spiwak Aug. 1 and 2 will be memorable days for many people, many reasons. A group of local pilots flying back from the annual fly-in at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in Dr. O’Keefe’s big Lockheed could not get any response on the open frequency and with no radio instructions had to land at the state...
Winthrop: August 6, 2014

Winthrop: August 6, 2014

By Ashley Lodato I keep thinking that things are going to get back to normal and I will be able to resume writing funny kid anecdotes or describing various summer vacations that Winthrop residents have been taking. But I’ve now resigned myself to the fact that this summer is shaping up to be anything but...
Twisp: August 6, 2014

Twisp: August 6, 2014

By Sally Gracie Alejandro and Christina Lopez kept their Twisp restaurant (on Highway 20 at Twisp Avenue) in operation while fire threatened the town and the lights were out for eight days. La Fonda Lopez was the only restaurant in town to stay open throughout except for that brief period Thursday evening, July 17, when...
Mazama: August 6, 2014

Mazama: August 6, 2014

By Bob Spiwak It has been a crazy week, the height of it beginning on Friday with the lightning, thunder and unbelievable winds. The coverage will be well documented elsewhere in the paper, and for this offering I will quote an email I got from a friend the following day. No names will be mentioned....
Methow: July 30, 2014

Methow: July 30, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian My house is still there. The fire burned underneath the bedroom porch and along the flowerbeds but stopped short at the house. The bees are still there, buzzing away happily in a square of green gardens amidst a blackened landscape. The beautiful backyard, creekside porch, fruit trees, humming bird feeders and...
Winthrop: July 30, 2014

Winthrop: July 30, 2014

  By Ashley Lodato Life is slowly returning to normal for many Methow Valley families, while others are still fully immersed in fire concerns, from worrying about homes and property to navigating insurance claims to wondering how they will start over. About 60 kids from the Methow Valley Killer Whales swim team resumed the swimming...