Today is Monday, Aug. 29, 2016

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Mazama: August 24, 2016

Mazama: August 24, 2016

By Mandi Donohue Last Friday marked the one-year anniversary of our fallen firefighters.  While so much of me wanted and intended to, I didn’t make it down valley to the remembrance. Lliam and I have been passing ships in the night. With his late night tows and my early morning hours, I felt like I hadn’t...
Mazama: August 17, 2016

Mazama: August 17, 2016

By Mandi Donohue Cheryl Goerger, my neighbor in Lost River, sent me a fascinating New York Times article called “How to Give Rural America Broadband? Look to the Early 1900s.” It was mind-blowing. In the 1940s, subsidiaries of local electric cooperatives transformed rural areas by bringing electricity to the locals. Today, these same companies are hanging...
Mazama: August 10, 2016

Mazama: August 10, 2016

By Mandi Donohue Dear friends, I am truly sorry to tell you that I misreported last week. Logan Ellis has not made 20,000 sandwiches for the Mazama Store this summer alone. Instead he has successfully made 20,000 sandwiches for the store over the past two summers collectively. (I also need to mention that Chef Eric of...
Mazama: Aug. 3, 2016

Mazama: Aug. 3, 2016

By Mandi Donohue Man, you hippies can dance. You know, you’re all very mature and responsible adults until Bill Pope throws a second annual garden party at the Mazama Country Inn. What a night. Laura Love and The Family Dog had the “grass floor” packed with young and old alike, dancers digging deep into soul and...
Mazama: July 27, 2016

Mazama: July 27, 2016

By Mandi Donohue I love my days off. I get to wake up covered in sunlight pouring through the windows, the shadow and light resting on the trees, piercing blue skies above them. It is so quiet in Lost River that we woke to the sounds of a squirrel, high up in a fir tree, dropping...
Mazama: July 13, 2016

Mazama: July 13, 2016

By Mandi Donohue Mazamazonians 7:5-9 tells the story of the great Fourth of July exodus of Seattleites from the fertile Methow Valley that flows with Lisa’s Chocolates and Highway 20 Honey. Those who stayed behind found favor with the Lord due to their wisdom. They arrived after most of the other interlopers had left, found peace...
Mazama: July 6, 2016

Mazama: July 6, 2016

By Mandi Donohue For bakers, holidays are not our own. Christmas and Thanksgiving festivities are drowned in extra orders, special events and longer days. This week, however, in some act of the gods (the old and the new), my day off fell on the Fourth of July. I had to do a double take at the...
Mazama: June 29, 2016

Mazama: June 29, 2016

By Mandi Donohue Live from Lost River, it’s your new Mazama War Correspondent! Please join me in welcoming myself to the Methow Valley News. I’m blushing. You’re too kind. In my first act of hard-hitting journalism, I am here to report that the rumors are true — Don actually offered me the job on my wedding day. I...
Mazama: Feb. 24, 2016

Mazama: Feb. 24, 2016

By Bob Spiwak I finally had my turn slipping on the ice, landing simultaneously on my butt and head. My first thought was about the National Football League and the concussion protocols now in use. The last thing I need is more adverse goings-on in the brain, because it is getting less useable as I...
Mazama: Feb. 17, 2016

Mazama: Feb. 17, 2016

By Bob Spiwak It is a rainy, foggy, gloomy Monday morning. What were infrequent spells of rain have become a steady flow. The parking area here is becoming puddle-ized, and here and there where it has been plowed bare earth is beginning to show. Can this be the end of winter? I don’t think so — more...