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Mazama: July 1, 2015

Mazama: July 1, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Monday morning was a special one: It was raining, and raining hard. This on the heels of an in-the-shade thermometer reading of 103 at one point Sunday afternoon. Sleeping was not too difficult with the fans going and the outside temperature down to a cooling 75 or so. This follows a fine...
Winthrop: July 1, 2015

Winthrop: July 1, 2015

By Ashley Lodato I will admit to a certain level of distraction as I sat writing this column on Sunday night, due to the two fires in the western Wenatchee area that had burned more than two dozen homes and businesses by the time I submitted my column on Monday morning. Friends evacuated, houses in...
Twisp: July 1, 2015

Twisp: July 1, 2015

By Sally Gracie The swallows have fledged. Some number of the fledglings — two, maybe three — are sharing Patrick Hannigan’s Nice Nest with their parents. As one bird after another enters through the birdhouse hole, I’m reminded of the phone booth-stuffing fad of the 1960s. How do they all fit? Wayne Mendro was roasted and toasted by friends...
Winthrop: June 24, 2015

Winthrop: June 24, 2015

By Ashley Lodato Anyone who is familiar with Robert Service’s poem “Cremation of Sam McGee” knows that there are strange things done in the midnight sun, and although we don’t exactly have the midnight sun around here, summer solstice is the closest thing we have to it and this year’s solstice did not disappoint in...
Lower Valley: June 24, 2015

Lower Valley: June 24, 2015

By Joanna Bastian June is a metamorphic month. The month when graduations and weddings take center stage. The ending of one life experience and the beginning of another. A time full of expectations and introspections. It is during these life events that the rest of the world stands ready to offer the gift of advice....
Mazama: June 24, 2015

Mazama: June 24, 2015

By Bob Spiwak It’s a balmy, sunny Monday morning, a gentle breeze whispering through the pines, possibly bringing some rain showers later in the day. “After 2 p.m.,” reads the forecast. This is a departure from the usual forecasts from NOAA that have seemed to concentrate on the hours of 11 a.m. or 11 p.m....
Twisp: June 24, 2015

Twisp: June 24, 2015

By Sally Gracie What would we do without the World Wide Web? Having melted a Ziploc bag on the back burner of my new stove, I entered “plastic melted on glass stovetop” in a Google search. And whaddaya know? The top hit is a full page that includes “You will need;” “Steps to remove the plastic,”...
Mazama: June 17, 2015

Mazama: June 17, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Sunday afternoon. There are puffy white clouds above and a warm breeze blowing. Nothing like the furnace we had the past week. We peaked at 100 degrees in the shade one day, and heard of higher temperature readings from elsewhere. The fruit fly invasion seems to have modified, at least here in...
Winthrop: June 17, 2015

Winthrop: June 17, 2015

By Ashley Lodato A week or so ago, Methow Valley Nordic Team program director Leslie Hall sallied forth to make an attempt on a Cascade peak with her husband, Alex. In order to do this, Leslie had to forsake attending the banquet that occurred immediately after the annual Pacific Northwest Ski Association (PNSA) convention. Normally...
Twisp: June 17, 2015

Twisp: June 17, 2015

By Sally Gracie I’m sad to report that my phoebes have vanished! Their nest is gone, too. Patrick Hannigan removed last year’s nest when he hung my swallows’ house. I’ve mentioned here that the phoebes went about borrowing from that old nest to build the new one in the eaves of the tool shed. Until...