Today is Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

VALLEY LIFE
Mazama: Feb. 11, 2015

Mazama: Feb. 11, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Well, I goofed last week. In the column about the leasing of Bear Creek Golf Course, the amount of hours Ash and Linda Court put into running the place last year was, by my quote, 45,000 hours. Wrong! I did not stop to do the math and when Ash brought this to...
Mazama: Feb. 4, 2015

Mazama: Feb. 4, 2015

By Bob Spiwak It’s the day of the Super Bowl and snowing, maybe about 3 new inches on the ground. The forecast is for varying varieties of falling wet stuff through Thursday at least. This is being written today because of conflicts with the usual Monday waltz with the computer, and because something may happen...
Winthrop: February 4, 2015

Winthrop: February 4, 2015

By Ashley Lodato This column is adapted from a presentation at the Methow Valley News 113th birthday variety show last weekend. The best stories, of course, are the ones I’ve been asked not to publish. When I began writing the Winthrop column, which I freely refer to as “the Winthrop gossip column,” in the fall...
Twisp: Feb. 4, 2015

Twisp: Feb. 4, 2015

By Sally Gracie Here’s how my day has gone. I felt crummy when I woke up. My head felt wrong; my lower back and my legs felt wrong. I just didn’t feel right. That little voice said “Call the doctor. Call 911.” The other voice said, “You’re being a hypochondriac. You’re probably just getting a...
Twisp: January 28, 2015

Twisp: January 28, 2015

By Sally Gracie It’s not surprising that I dreamed of snow last night; I was watching The Weather Channel before I went to sleep. Two young women in very short skirts and low-cut blouses hyped the “historic,” “record breaking,” “blockbuster” blizzard that would dump as much as 3 feet of snow on parts of the...
Lessons from one’s dotage: ‘it’ happens

Lessons from one’s dotage: ‘it’ happens

By Bob Spiwak This morning (Jan. 16), I got a letter in the mail from The Neptune Society.  I get very little mail other than email, so I was excited to open it. I guessed it had to do with assisted suicide. Ms. Gloria suggested it was to have my remains frozen. I scoffed at...
Winthrop: January 28, 2015

Winthrop: January 28, 2015

By Ashley Lodato The post-race Pursuit Dinner at the Winthrop Barn last weekend gave skiers and spectators a chance to relax and enjoy a salmon dinner cooked by Methow Valley Nordic Team parents as well as to hear some of the older team members show videos of their recent Junior National qualifier races. Several attendees...
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....
Mazama: January 28, 2015

Mazama: January 28, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Here in West Boesel it is a foggy Monday morning. A mile to the west, just over Weeman Bridge, all the way to the high mountains the sun is out and despite ambient temperatures, it is a very hot sun. However short it may be, the melt is on. This can have...
Mazama: January 21, 2015

Mazama: January 21, 2015

By Bob Spiwak January 19: The weather out there mirrors the feelings of us Green Bay Packer fans: gray, dark, depressing and slippery. That last is appropriate for the poor guy who dropped the ball on the onside kick by Seattle. Was it a drop, or knocked away from him? Only the film knows. Five...