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VALLEY LIFE
Mazama: August 5, 2015

Mazama: August 5, 2015

By Bob Spiwak August is upon us and the smoke from the Wolverine Fire across Lake Chelan comes and goes in the upper Methow Valley with the prevailing winds. Farther south it is generally more persistent, and one friend reported ash falling in her yard in Twisp. One big question is whether it will jump...
Winthrop: August 5, 2015

Winthrop: August 5, 2015

By Ashley Lodato The Methow Valley Killer Whales capped an undefeated season with a win at the Okanogan County Championships, held at Wagner Memorial Pool in Twisp on Saturday. Swimmers competed in up to seven individual events and two relays. The final relay of the day was a parent-child relay, where swimmers recruited friends and...
Twisp: August 5, 2015

Twisp: August 5, 2015

By Sally Gracie Before I came in from the porch to write this column, I realized that not one bird was in the yard. Not one dove. Not a single robin. More surprising, no ambient bird song came from the trees. Perhaps the smoke affects their breathing, too. The town deer visited under cover of...
Mazama: July 29, 2015

Mazama: July 29, 2015

By Bob Spiwak A sunny, breezy cool morning here in West Boesel. The possible rains that were predicted for the weekend were a bust, with just a couple of sprinkles. What has been going on for the past week here has been the regular bombarding of our environs: Squirrels dropping pinecones on the metal roof,...
Winthrop: July 29, 2015

Winthrop: July 29, 2015

By Ashley Lodato It was a form letter that started my neighbor Lucinda Bowers on her 10-week biking commute — a letter from Winthrop asking all business owners to park off the main street, in order to save parking for visitors. “I thought I’d be a good citizen and business owner for the town,” says Lucinda, who...
Twisp: June 29, 2015

Twisp: June 29, 2015

By Sally Gracie Buddy Thomas is the affable, always helpful guy with the white beard at Hank’s Harvest Foods in Twisp. Last week his letter to the editor thanked some people who have helped him as he rebuilds the home he lost to the Carlton Complex Fire. This Monday noon, I went up to see...
Do I have an obsession? You can count on it

Do I have an obsession? You can count on it

By Bob Spiwak It is not unusual for people from all walks of life, and rides of life as well, to ask me if I am doing a car count on Highway 20 during busy traffic weekends in the valley. The query seems to be coming up more often as the years go by. The...
Twisp: July 22, 2015

Twisp: July 22, 2015

By Sally Gracie There’s always been discussion about the true authorship of To Kill a Mockingbird. Did Harper Lee write it or was her friend from Monroeville Alabama, Truman Capote, the author? The question of the novel’s origins has come up again with the publication of a “first” novel, recently “discovered” among the 89-year-old author’s...
Mazama: July 22, 2015

Mazama: July 22, 2015

By Bob Spiwak It has been a slow week here in the upper reaches of the valley. Much of the activity has been at the Rhythm & Blues Festival, or related to it because of the traffic that constantly came by en route to the concert. It began Wednesday afternoon and peaked probably late Thursday...
Winthrop: July 22, 2015

Winthrop: July 22, 2015

By Ashley Lodato Never ones to let the moss grow, John and Kelly Rohrer just finished up hosting a week-long mountain camp for five nephews ages 9-13 (from John’s side of the family, since Kelly’s siblings all had girls). Before the nephews arrived, the Rohrers directed them to memorize different stanzas from “The Cremation of...