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Lower Valley: January 11, 2017

Lower Valley: January 11, 2017

By Joanna Bastian I’m one of those responsible adults who drives below the speed limit at night, and takes it slow whenever there is inclement weather or ice on the roads. Regardless of the time of day or weather, I also drive ridiculously slow on Gold Creek Loop Road. With all the curves and the...
Lower Valley: December 28, 2016

Lower Valley: December 28, 2016

By Joanna Bastian Several years ago, my husband and I were at a Christmas bazaar, choosing each other’s gifts. He spent a long time admiring a metal sculpture of a larger-than-life heron that stood serenely on display. He has often reminisced aloud about that heron, and commented upon the severe lack of garden art in...
Lower Valley: December 14, 2016

Lower Valley: December 14, 2016

By Joanna Bastian A batch of kittens are extremely grateful to Mary Devlon, who nearly ran them over with her car after someone had dumped them in the middle of the road. Despite being allergic to cats, Mary jumped into action and gathered up the fur babies before they suffered from exposure, or another near...
Lower Valley: November 9, 2016

Lower Valley: November 9, 2016

By Joanna Bastian I once heard someone say, “Drawing is in our DNA.” The original written languages were drawings. All around the world, stories are painted and carved into rock surfaces — a tantalizing message board providing a glimpse into the lives of people who lived in that very spot long before we stumbled across the same...
Lower Valley: October 26, 2016

Lower Valley: October 26, 2016

By Joanna Bastian Last Monday I decided to start the day off right, by getting up early to exercise, eat a healthy breakfast and pack a slimming salad for lunch. Here’s how the day transpired: • 5:30 a.m. Bounced out of bed, unrolled exercise mat and assumed plank position. • 7:30 a.m. Woke up face-down...
Lower Valley: October 12, 2016

Lower Valley: October 12, 2016

By Joanna Bastian The Carlton business district doubled in size recently with the welcome addition of the Carlton Feed & Supply Store. Jill and Pete Scott opened their store about a block away from the Carlton General Store on Old Carlton road. It’s a family business, located next door to the family home, and managed...
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...