Today is Thursday, May. 28, 2015

VALLEY LIFE
Lower Valley: May 27, 2015

Lower Valley: May 27, 2015

By Joanna Bastian There are plenty of artsy photo ops in the lower valley. Call it a state of disrepair or “charmingly rustic,” metaphorical images viewed through a lens abound in the “MetLow.” Swaying in the breeze with a few jagged footboards clinging to rusty cables, the remains of two footbridges on both the south...
Mazama: May 27, 2015

Mazama: May 27, 2015

By Bob Spiwak A very busy day in Mazama on Saturday. The World-Famous Pancake Breakfast was its usual success, this year augmented by a yard sale — once a staple, but long in hiatus. Ms. Gloria and I had a table and spoke with a lot of local people we’d not seen for a long time. Among...
Winthrop: May 27, 2015

Winthrop: May 27, 2015

By Ashley Lodato Forget your Netflix — a video you won’t want to miss is Liberty Bell High School junior Claire Waichler’s award-winning The Road to Truckee documentary-style film. Claire’s submission into the 2015 XC Ski Junior Nationals Film Festival won first place and features fellow junior ski racers, some pretty awesome speed and technique, and a...
Mazama: May 20, 2015

Mazama: May 20, 2015

By Bob Spiwak We finally had a week of badly needed rain. Last Monday it poured down, beginning in the afternoon and evening, complete with thunder and lightning, at least in West Boesel. The remainder of the week produced spotty rainfalls. We’ve no idea what came down where in inches, but hey, rain is rain...
Twisp: May 20, 2015

Twisp: May 20, 2015

By Sally Gracie On May 4, 2015, the Dutch Memorial Day, a young boy named Collin poured dirt collected from the Methow Valley onto the ground beneath a simple white cross engraved with the name “Van Klinken.” Methow Valley native Robert Van Klinken is buried at the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten, Holland. The young...
Winthrop: May 20, 2015

Winthrop: May 20, 2015

By Ashley Lodato Well, back in Molly Patterson’s and my day at Little Star Montessori School, we might have shied away from the “Puttin’ on the Ritz” auction theme due to our opinion of flapper dresses, but I for one will freely admit how wrong we were. If you were at Little Star’s auction at...
Lower Valley: May 20, 2015

Lower Valley: May 20, 2015

By Joanna Bastian The lower valley is quiet and unassuming. Quiet bends in the river flow past blossoming orchards, streams bubble and bounce through stands of aspens, wildflowers dot the shaded groves. The setting sun lights up fields of bunchgrass as ladybugs and bees dance in the iridescent glow. No one expects the lower valley,...
Winthrop: May 13, 2015

Winthrop: May 13, 2015

By Ashley Lodato The hubby came home the other night and made the mistake of asking me for help in crafting the wording on a fun trophy that will be awarded to a volunteer who totally rocked at Methow Recycles’ metal drive last week. Normally I am quite happy to play around with words and...
Twisp: May 13, 2015

Twisp: May 13, 2015

By Sally Gracie Last September after the library book sale, I backed my car into the senior bus in the community center parking lot. Not a ding in the bus — which bodes well for John and the seniors — but nearly $1,000 in damage to the rear light and bumper of my Matrix. The lesson I learned is...
Mazama: April 29, 2015

Mazama: April 29, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Well, we got a big surprise this morning. Leave it to the government. For years we have used a simple form supplied by the Harts Pass snow station (“snotel”), which on one page gave all the statistics and measurements for the snow and water activity up there at 6,500 feet — information that affects...