Today is Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014

VALLEY LIFE
Twisp: October 1, 2014

Twisp: October 1, 2014

By Sally Gracie The party down the hill at Tom Doran and Sue Koptonak’s house on Saturday night sounded like so much fun — lots of music, laughter and applause — that I considered crashing it. I didn’t, but on Sunday afternoon, a bouquet of roses and a telephone message broke the ice, and I crossed the yard to...
Mazama: September 24, 2014

Mazama: September 24, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Tim and Nancy Wezeman were riding their horses out in the West Boesel-Dripping Springs (Big Valley) area when they were aware of two pairs of large, dark ears ahead of them in the woods. On closer inspection they saw that the ears belonged to a couple of moose. Actually, they determined that...
Methow: September 24, 2014

Methow: September 24, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian Always ahead of the game, us lower valley folks have been ready for fall for months. We even decorated early for Halloween this year — everything has been orange and black since mid-July. The trees that shut down all growth during the fire as an act of survival today blend in with the...
Winthrop: September 24, 2014

Winthrop: September 24, 2014

By Ashley Lodato With rain and cooler temperatures forecast to usher in the official start of autumn, people headed to the hills in droves over the weekend to get what may be (but what we hope won’t be) a final fix of the mountains before the first lasting snowfall. Sixth-grader Bodie Paul — who was less than...
Twisp: September 24, 2014

Twisp: September 24, 2014

By Sally Gracie The summer of 2014 wasn’t good for horseback riding in the Methow Valley. Finally, 10 weeks after the first fire blew up above Texas Creek, riders on horseback are exploring the areas of the big burns and assessing fire, wind and water damage to their favorite trails. And they are finding a...
Mazama: September 17, 2014

Mazama: September 17, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Even with the warmer days in the 80s, the nights have been, for a week now, just plain cold. We had a low of 31 degrees last week and today, Monday, it was 37. The trees are beginning to turn, a few leaves are falling and the bears are sampling garbage cans....
Winthrop: September 17, 2014

Winthrop: September 17, 2014

By Ashley Lodato When all of your worldly possessions go up in flames, you get a more acute sense of their ephemeral nature and you sometimes lose track of what little you have left. In fact, sometimes you’re not even aware that you actually have everything you own with you. I became aware of this...
Twisp: September 17, 2014

Twisp: September 17, 2014

By Sally Gracie This Monday afternoon, as I passed the two-mile marker up Texas Creek road, I began to see the first real signs of recovery from the two wildfires that burned there two months ago. Chad and Sheree Stoothoff’s house, perched high above the road to the right, is surrounded by greening land. From...
Twisp: September 10, 2014

Twisp: September 10, 2014

By Sally Gracie The parade of firefighting trucks that passed my front door twice daily has been replaced by pickups towing horse trailers and flatbed trailers carrying hay. For those of us who aren’t rebuilding houses or rehabilitating pasture, our lives have picked up where they might have been had there been no summer of...
Evel, Efren and me — an unexpected connection

Evel, Efren and me — an unexpected connection

By Bob Spiwak All this took place in, I believe, 1978 — two years after the Seattle Seahawks had become an expansion team in the National Football League. Among the big names such as Hall of Fame receiver Steve Largent and coach Jack Patera was a Mexican-born, 5-foot, 8-inch, 185-pound placekicker, Efren Herrera. The Seahawks were a...