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Lower Valley: May 10, 2017

Lower Valley: May 10, 2017

By Joanna Bastian My favorite view of the Methow Valley is in all directions. Out the kitchen window, two gently sloping hillsides greet each other in a gentle embrace, their mantles changing color with each season: winter white, early spring green, blooming balsam yellow, and late summer’s sepia brown. From the south-facing windows, the trees...
Lower Valley: April 26, 2017

Lower Valley: April 26, 2017

By Joanna Bastian Ode to Carlton Carlton, the Mediterranean of the Methow The clearest, bluest swimming hole Sandy beaches lined with umbrellas to block the sun Where locals splash and visit, enjoying summertime fun Across the road, the Carlton Store – cold drinks and snacks Ice cream, dinner, dry goods, fishing gear, T-shirts and hats...
Lower Valley: March 8, 2017

Lower Valley: March 8, 2017

By Joanna Bastian Roberta Hall, known as “Bobbi” to her friends and family, has chosen a senior project that is long-lasting and visible in her community. The Pateros High School senior, working with art instructor Todd Steenhard and the Pateros Junior High art class, recreated rock images found throughout the Methow Valley onto concrete tiles...
Lower Valley: February 22, 2017

Lower Valley: February 22, 2017

By Joanna Bastian Elaine Timentwa Emerson is an accomplished artist. Her woven cedar baskets are displayed in museums throughout the Pacific Northwest, and she teaches traditional weaving practices with several organizations. Elaine is also a language instructor for the Colville Confederated Tribes. As an expert linguist and respected elder, Elaine is a valuable resource in...
Lower Valley: January 25, 2017

Lower Valley: January 25, 2017

By Joanna Bastian I did not attend the Women’s March on Saturday. I had a million lame excuses to stay home: I didn’t know what it was all about, the president was already elected, there were loads of laundry to wash, a house that needed cleaned, articles to be written, I don’t like crowds. Ask...
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...