Today is Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

Methow
Lower Valley: September 28, 2016

Lower Valley: September 28, 2016

By Joanna Bastian If a person’s eyes are the windows to the soul, then their hands must certainly be the doors. It is said, “actions speak louder than words.” In 1889, thousands of young men swarmed into the Methow Valley to join the mining effort. Mining camps developed overnight in every drainage. One such rough...
Lower Valley: September 14, 2016

Lower Valley: September 14, 2016

By Joanna Bastian Standing on the banks of the Methow/Columbia confluence, it is a stretch to remember what the surrounding area looked like 50 years ago before the dam created the lake, or even 100 years ago, when young men and women with ambitious dreams arrived by ferry, carriage, horseback and foot to the mouth...
Lower Valley: August 24, 2016

Lower Valley: August 24, 2016

By Joanna Bastian Earlier this month, Aleeka Smith celebrated the passing down of a very special ceremonial buckskin dress that belonged to her great aunt, Mary Miller Marchand. Aleeka lives in the lower Methow Valley along the same riverbank where her great aunt lived, along with many other generations before them. In Mary’s last years...
Lower Valley: August 10, 2016

Lower Valley: August 10, 2016

By Joanna Bastian In February 2014, Dale Burnison invited me into his workshop, which was warmed by a woodstove and carpeted in wood shavings. At the time, he had just begun crafting a vintage style hydroplane boat. For decades, Dale raced hydroplanes in the limited class (smaller than the unlimiteds that longtime fans of boat...
Lower Valley: July 27, 2016

Lower Valley: July 27, 2016

By Joanna Bastian Two years ago this week our garden was over-producing and there was no way to preserve it all, due to a series of unfortunate events — namely, hell and high water — that left us without power or running water for eight weeks of 2014. The garden decided to ripen every single fruit and vegetable all...
Lower Valley: July 13, 2016

Lower Valley: July 13, 2016

By Joanna Bastian At the two recent talks I gave, “The Complete and Entire History of the Methow, the Abridged Version,” I had meant to share the titles of the books I had gleaned for information, but forgot to do so at not one but both talks! Side note: Thank you to everyone who came...
Lower Valley: June 29, 2016

Lower Valley: June 29, 2016

By Joanna Bastian Shortly before noon on Saturday (June 25), a long cedar dugout canoe floated down the Methow River to the confluence and then turned up the Columbia River. The team of six rowed the craft to shore to kick off the third annual Salmon Bake and Cultural Celebration fundraiser for the Community Resource...
Lower Valley: June 15, 2016

Lower Valley: June 15, 2016

By Joanna Bastian In October 1886, Tom Robinson and his brother Jim first met Narcisse, a Methow Indian who lived below the stony bluffs at the mouth of the Methow River. Narcisse and his friends, seeing Tom’s blonde hair and blue eyes, nicknamed him “Hyas Pretty.” Narcisse saddled up horses for the two men and...
Lower Valley: May 25, 2016

Lower Valley: May 25, 2016

By Joanna Bastian Ever wonder how the Methow Valley was formed? I am constantly in awe of the beauty of this valley, how the shifting light of morning illuminates the variance in topography, how a rainstorm in the distance cuts a path through a maze of hills and valleys before crashing into the rocky crags...
Lower Valley: May 11, 2016

Lower Valley: May 11, 2016

By Joanna Bastian Due to a series of unfortunate events I did not have any bees last year. Long story short: 2014 gave us all a complex, stressing the bees going into winter of 2015, which they did not survive. Ankle reconstruction left me dubious about handling bee boxes while hopping around on one leg....