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Lower Valley: Feb. 25, 2015

Lower Valley: Feb. 25, 2015

By Joanna Bastian The garage has been gone for nearly seven months now. You truly never appreciate something until it’s gone. Especially something as inconsequential as a garage. We were at Goat’s Beard Mountain Supply in Mazama, replacing skis and ski boots a few months ago, when my husband mentioned that the garage had a...
Lower Valley: Feb. 11, 2015

Lower Valley: Feb. 11, 2015

By Joanna Bastian A few months ago, I watched a story unfold in the lower Methow Valley. Along the banks of the river — where the course takes a graceful bend before spreading into Lake Pateros — a small camping tent popped up where two houses stood before the fires. Soon after, the site was completely cleared, and prep...
Methow: January 28, 2015

Methow: January 28, 2015

By Joanna Bastian The Methow Valley is renowned for its perfect mix of snow. The accumulation of perfect little snowflakes is not too dry nor too wet. It is the perfect blend for groomed ski and fat bike trails. It is also the perfect medium for sculpting snowmen, snow bears, and even stalwart Roman soldiers....
Methow: January 14, 2015

Methow: January 14, 2015

Methow By Joanna Bastian Thirty degrees feels absolutely balmy after December’s initial foray into single-digit temperatures. The current beach-worthy weather has done little to diminish my coat envy. It is time for a new warm coat, especially since my overly qualified herding dog tried to save me and my down jacket with her teeth during...
Methow: December 24, 2014

Methow: December 24, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian Emily Dickinson once wrote a short note to a friend, expressing a wish: “I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven.” When the trees and bushes outside my kitchen window are full of birds flitting back and forth and singing, I imagine I know what...
Methow: Dec. 10, 2014

Methow: Dec. 10, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian I was not surprised when Rose Hughes answered the phone Friday morning. What did surprise me was where she answered the phone from, the not-so-Methow-like state of Tennessee. I had dialed, and she had answered, her Methow 923 number. There are three prefixes in the Methow Valley: 996 for Winthrop, 997...
Methow: Nov. 26, 2014

Methow: Nov. 26, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian “Many people stop by here. They usually sit in the car for a while before knocking on the door and I can tell exactly what they want to talk to about,” Carolee Spaulding nodded her head and chuckled. “If they are over 80, they tell stories about going to school and...
Methow: Nov. 12, 2014

Methow: Nov. 12, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian For the last two weeks I’ve been traipsing the countryside gathering stories that highlight the personal, economic and emotional impact this last summer has had on all of us. The stories will be shared in Trial by Fire, a magazine-style publication by the Methow Valley News that will arrive in mid-December....
Methow: October 22, 2014

Methow: October 22, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian Max Judd looked out the window and ran his hand over his brow and through his white hair, his fingers thick from years of working the soil. His gaze fell on the hillside across the river, as if to find words among the yellow and red leaves in the trees. I...
Methow: October 8, 2014

Methow: October 8, 2014

By Joanna Bastian The Columbia River Quilt Guild wants to give a quilt to everyone who lost a home this summer. Shortly after the Carlton Complex Fire devoured more than 400 square miles and destroyed over 300 homes of friends, neighbors and families, the quilters reached out to quilt shops and quilting guilds around the...