Today is Monday, Jul. 28, 2014

VALLEY LIFE
Twisp: July 23, 2014

Twisp: July 23, 2014

By Sally Gracie Twisp librarian Terry Dixon will continue to open the library during regular hours as long as the fire warning stays at Level I. Wireless Internet and public access computers aren’t available while the power is out, but books and other media may be checked out. Terry will write down the bar code...
Winthrop: July 23, 2014

Winthrop: July 23, 2014

By Ashley Lodato There is, of course, nothing to write about other than the fires. The Fires. That a few unfortunately located lightning strikes could blaze so quickly into a raging inferno of the current proportions is still a source of amazement, but blaze they did and the lives of many in our valley are...
Mazama: July 23, 2014

Mazama: July 23, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Of all things, this is being written on a machine called a “typewriter.” It is like a computer. It is much harder to make corrections on. I am using this 54-year-old machine because of the biggest new story of the decade — the big fires have cut off our electricity and it may be...
Methow: July 9, 2014

Methow: July 9, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian I woke up to a strange ripping sound and a shower of ice crystals in my face. “Joanna, wake up, the tent is falling down.” In response, my eyelids squeezed shut even tighter as I burrowed deeper into the warmth of my sleeping bag. “Joanna …” With a grunt I shoved...
Winthrop: July 9, 2014

Winthrop: July 9, 2014

By Ashley Lodato Stella Scholz had a notable 9th birthday last week. After deciding that she wanted to give, rather than receive, and knowing that she had an upcoming trip to Seattle to see her grandmother, Stella bought four backpacks and filled them with socks, soap, shampoo and other useful items. In Seattle, as Stella’s...
Mazama: July 9, 2014

Mazama: July 9, 2014

By Bob Spiwak The Fourth of July has passed and the traffic appeared surprisingly light, at least compared to the amount of traffic we anticipated. After all, it was a three-day holiday. It’s possible the traffic was lighter because there are no fireworks allowed over here, which does not apply to the less-volatile west side...
Twisp: July 2, 2014

Twisp: July 2, 2014

By Sally Gracie From the minute she was crowded into the shoebox with her eight sisters, Laverne knew she didn’t fit in. For the several weeks that followed her arrival at the Weagants’ place, she quietly endured her confinement to the coop. When she finally entered the yard, spending long days with her adolescent sisters,...
Mazama: July 2, 2014

Mazama: July 2, 2014

By Bob Spiwak As of the month’s end, the Methow Grist is no more. For the past three years the local Internet provider owned by Jeff Hardy and Maria Converse had what might be termed a general-interest online magazine, with many topics offered by writers, photographers, artists, organizations and more. Its staple, the community bulletin...
Winthrop: July 2, 2014

Winthrop: July 2, 2014

By Ashley Lodato Saturday’s art dedication at the Twisp Ponds introduced the community to Steve Love’s piece titled simply “Twisp.” The bronze spiral of swarming wasps rests near a cluster of river rocks and cast aluminum Chinook salmon, illustrating the way that the stinging insects would crowd to feed on the carcasses of salmon during...
‘Methow Magic’ is Lake Bonaparte’s Waterloo this year

‘Methow Magic’ is Lake Bonaparte’s Waterloo this year

By Bob Spiwak I go several times each summer to Lake Bonaparte, off Highway 20 short of Republic. There is a large campground, with most camping spaces well separated. Bonaparte is a large lake where one can hear the loons and grebes from shore or, even better, parked in a canoe surrounded by reeds and...