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VALLEY LIFE
Reporting from Nebraska: Sally Gracie brings us up to date

Reporting from Nebraska: Sally Gracie brings us up to date

Terry and Jeanine say they thought they saw my car at Hank’s Harvest Foods and at the Twisp post office. I told them they were mistaken. I am in fact driving around Lincoln, Nebraska, learning to scoot between lanes and make confident U-turns to change direction. To all of you who have asked me “how are...
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...
Twisp: July 27, 2016

Twisp: July 27, 2016

By Sarah Schrock If you haven’t been to the Methow Valley Farmers Market recently, you will be pleasantly surprised by the number of new vendors and farm stands this year. All the oldies but goodies are also still going strong. Methow Gold, pure raw honey by Blane Rogers, is always one of my regular stops....
Winthrop: July 27, 2016

Winthrop: July 27, 2016

By Ashley Lodato If you, like me, were lucky enough to be of movie-going age on May 25, 1977, you might have had the privilege of seeing the very first Star Wars film in the theaters. I was in second grade — a prime age for seeing Star Wars — and, as luck would have it, I had hair...
Mazama: July 27, 2016

Mazama: July 27, 2016

By Mandi Donohue I love my days off. I get to wake up covered in sunlight pouring through the windows, the shadow and light resting on the trees, piercing blue skies above them. It is so quiet in Lost River that we woke to the sounds of a squirrel, high up in a fir tree, dropping...
Mazama: July 13, 2016

Mazama: July 13, 2016

By Mandi Donohue Mazamazonians 7:5-9 tells the story of the great Fourth of July exodus of Seattleites from the fertile Methow Valley that flows with Lisa’s Chocolates and Highway 20 Honey. Those who stayed behind found favor with the Lord due to their wisdom. They arrived after most of the other interlopers had left, found peace...
Twisp: July 13, 2016

Twisp: July 13, 2016

By Sarah Schrock “Little opportunity for the air mass to warm up” from “the seemingly endless parade of cool and wet low pressure systems” that we have been experiencing. This, from NOAA forecasters, is a great departure from the original long-term forecasts that predicted above-average temperatures. So why the change? I want to know because...
Winthrop: July 13, 2016

Winthrop: July 13, 2016

By Ashley Lodato When Mariah Clements was my kids’ babysitter and swimming coach back in the early 2000s, she frequently told me that she wanted to attend Montessori college after high school, get certified, and return to the Methow Valley to teach at Little Star Montessori School in Winthrop. That dream became a reality a...
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...
Mazama: July 6, 2016

Mazama: July 6, 2016

By Mandi Donohue For bakers, holidays are not our own. Christmas and Thanksgiving festivities are drowned in extra orders, special events and longer days. This week, however, in some act of the gods (the old and the new), my day off fell on the Fourth of July. I had to do a double take at the...