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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...
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....
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...
Mazama: June 10, 2015

Mazama: June 10, 2015

By Bob Spiwak The buzz this morning is a predicted temperature of 102 degrees as a high for Mazama. Yesterday (Sunday), we were in the high 80s in West Boesel and for a change there was no wind, barely a breeze. The river has been up and down. My visual barometer is a snag on...
Mazama: June 3, 2015

Mazama: June 3, 2015

By Bob Spiwak It’s Monday morning and first thing I need to do is to offer a correction to last week’s report that the average length of the logs piled up for the salmon recovery project was 10 feet. Bad mistake. I had a temporary affliction of flatus cerebelus, something that comes with age. The...
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...
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...
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...
Mazama: April 22, 2015

Mazama: April 22, 2015

By Bob Spiwak The warm sunny days, coupled with the highway opening a few weeks ago, produced an unfamiliar amount of traffic on the highway after the winter layover. Notable were the numbers of motorcycles going by — 25 in one group. We’ve probably said this before: The noise of bikes coming from the west...
Mazama: April 15, 2015

Mazama: April 15, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Things are quiet east of Lost River. Actually, they usually are. We have a policy at SLIME, like Las Vegas and paraphrasing, that what I hear here stays here unless I get permission to use it. It does not apply to things of general information (no gossip) and events — and certainly not politics...