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VALLEY LIFE
Mazama: February 1, 2017

Mazama: February 1, 2017

By Mandi Donohue I adore going to weddings. Not only is it a moving experience watching two individuals express their love for each other, shaped with the support of a caring community, but it is also the opportunity to let loose and dance! Aside from the get-down funk of Laura Love and the Family Dog (truly...
Winthrop: February 1, 2017

Winthrop: February 1, 2017

By Ashley Lodato When the kids were little and prone to throwing hissy fits about small indignities, we used to tell them “you get what you get and you don’t get upset” (or, alternately, depending on our mood –“you git what you git and you don’t throw a fit”). Now I’m second-guessing this advice to...
Twisp: February 1, 2017

Twisp: February 1, 2017

By Sarah Schrock Are you looking to expand your mind, get your mind off politics, or avoid the depressing weather for a while? If you’re sticking it out through February and not flying off somewhere tropical, the library’s digital subscription services to online academic courses, digital media and databases might be just what you need. ...
Mazama: January 25, 2017

Mazama: January 25, 2017

By Mandi Donohue On Dec. 15, 2016, Charlie Sykes, a conservative American political commenter out of Milwaukee, wrote an op-ed for The New York Times that I highly recommend called “Where the Right Went Wrong.” As a woman that has been conservative more years than not, this article spoke deeply to me. While the radio host...
Winthrop: January 25, 2017

Winthrop: January 25, 2017

By Ashley Lodato Big city moms do this all the time, I’m sure, but it was a first for me. On Saturday at the march in Twisp, I looked around at the size of the crowd (estimates vary from 600 to 800 marchers — “I counted until 600 and then gave up,” says Joe Marver, tallying marchers...
Twisp: January 25, 2017

Twisp: January 25, 2017

By Sarah Schrock Each step forward matters. To the Twisp march organizers who did a great job on logistics, thank you. To the crosswalk guards whose orange vests clashed like oil on water in a sea of pinks, the progression was perfectly timed, thank you. With the barrage of different signs and messages, to an...
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...
Mazama: January 18, 2017

Mazama: January 18, 2017

By Mandi Donohue All right, ladies, get out those pink hats — you know the ones I’m talking about — and join us this Saturday in Twisp at the Methow Valley Community Center. And men who appreciate your women strong, smart and courageous, we’ll see you there as well at 9:45 a.m. to march alongside your equals. On Saturday we’ll...
Twisp: January 18, 2017

Twisp: January 18, 2017

By Sarah Schrock Perhaps you have seen the river steaming in the morning over these past few weeks? The cold temperatures we’ve been experiencing create two types of ice in the river — anchor ice and surface ice. The situation is building anxiety along the Twisp River as town officials and riverfront residents are a bit uneasy...
Winthrop: January 18, 2017

Winthrop: January 18, 2017

By Ashley Lodato On one of those many, many (but who’s counting?) -14 degrees Fahrenheit days recently I overheard two men in the post office, where everyone in the hallway was, of course, commenting on the weather. One of the men had been up in Alaska, and mentioned that when you’ve been at -40, suddenly...