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Lower Valley: May 9, 2018

Lower Valley: May 9, 2018

By Joanna Bastian We have a small window of marvelous color now that the mud has retreated and before dust season settles in. This in-between season, some call it spring, is fleetingly magical. Sunlight illuminates each fold in topography, a dappled green landscape of lustrous light and shadow. Rainstorms fill a maze of hills and...
Lower Valley: May 2, 2018

Lower Valley: May 2, 2018

By Joanna Bastian I love the winter. I love the spring. I’m not a big fan of mud season. Mud season is a tease with reassuring sunny skies above and treacherous footing below. Either the trails are socked in with mushy snow, or stream crossings are impassable by high-water torrents of turbulent runoff. There are...
Lower Valley: April 11, 2018

Lower Valley: April 11, 2018

By Joanna Bastian I imagine Igor Stravinsky composed his “Rite of Spring” (“La Sacre”) during spring, while observing a landscape emerging from winter. Perhaps he listened to a gentle wind blow through the woods — the opening lines of the woodwinds. Flurries of snow grew into dissonant surges of pouring rain as harmonies fractured like...
Lower Valley: March 28, 2018

Lower Valley: March 28, 2018

By Joanna Bastian We have great detail about the history of the Methow Valley from 1880 onward, as settlers to this area kept journals, wrote newspaper articles, took photos, and many of their descendants are still living and can provide detailed memories. We know from oral history and a few archaeological finds that there was...
Lower Valley: February 28, 2018

Lower Valley: February 28, 2018

By Joanna Bastian Water is a unifying force. Ocean currents transport people between continents. Rivers connect people inland. Water nurtures crops and yields nourishing seafood. Water makes up 71 percent of the Earth’s surface, and 73 percent of a human’s heart and brain. When we are filled with joy or sorrow, water flows down our...
Lower Valley: February 14, 2018

Lower Valley: February 14, 2018

By Joanna Bastian I love emails like this one from Jack McLeod: “Joanna, in case you’re looking for a nice anecdote about people being good at heart and doing the right thing …” Grab a steaming mug of your favorite heart-warming beverage, and maybe a box of Valentine chocolates, and enjoy this tale of two...
Lower Valley: January 24, 2018

Lower Valley: January 24, 2018

By Joanna Bastian I have the distinct honor of being on call for jury duty this week. I’ve been on call for jury duty countless times in the last two decades, and I’ve never been selected to serve on a case. Perhaps the most memorable call for jury duty was a murder trial in the...
Lower Valley: January 10, 2018

Lower Valley: January 10, 2018

By Joanna Bastian Everyone has a holiday travel story filled with unfortunate events. Here’s another one for the books. I don’t normally check a bag, but this year I decided to take advantage of the convenient option of checked bags — roomier suitcase, space for gifts, and all the liquids a woman desires. We planned...
Lower Valley: December 28, 2017

Lower Valley: December 28, 2017

I recently read two books side-by-side: “Lost Homeland: the Methow Tribe and the Columbia Reservation,” by E. Richard Hart, and “When the Sun Reaches the Mountain” by Christine Cassano...
Lower Valley: December 13, 2017

Lower Valley: December 13, 2017

By Joanna Bastian The Pateros-Brewster Community Resource Center (CRCPB) is shortening the gap between people and resources in the lower Methow Valley and surrounding areas. The CRCPB was created to address community needs identified during and after the Carlton Complex Fires in 2014. At the time, area schools were the primary community resource centers: feeding...