Today is Thursday, May. 28, 2015

VALLEY LIFE
Twisp: April 29, 2015

Twisp: April 29, 2015

By Sally Gracie Riding his mule Sadie, Willie Kemper led riders from around the West out of the Beaver Creek Campground and onto the trail for the 31st annual Methow Valley Back Country Horsemen (MVBCH) Spring Ride on Saturday (April 25). Some new riders were able to attend because Washington Pass opened so early. Jan Ford was...
Winthrop: April 29, 2015

Winthrop: April 29, 2015

By Ashley Lodato If I say “Winter Banana,” what is the first thing that comes to mind? (OK, maybe the second thing.) Unless you’re an heirloom apple aficionado, you probably didn’t think “big, juicy, yellow apple.” I certainly didn’t, but when I heard that Don McIvor had recently won a bronze medal for his Winter...
Lower Valley: April 22, 2015

Lower Valley: April 22, 2015

By Joanna Bastian Due to a recent, unexpected “slash and burn” event last July that shall not be named, spring cleaning is a bigger task this year than in previous years. Methowians are hard at work fixing irrigation lines and fences, clearing building sites, and replanting trees and bushes. On our property in the lower...
Mazama: April 22, 2015

Mazama: April 22, 2015

By Bob Spiwak The warm sunny days, coupled with the highway opening a few weeks ago, produced an unfamiliar amount of traffic on the highway after the winter layover. Notable were the numbers of motorcycles going by — 25 in one group. We’ve probably said this before: The noise of bikes coming from the west...
Winthrop: April 22, 2015

Winthrop: April 22, 2015

By Ashley Lodato You can bank on Earth Day being celebrated in style at Farmers State Bank. For the sixth year in a row, the bank will start its Earth Day party at about 10 a.m., serving an “earth cake” made by Arrowleaf Bistro and organic coffee from Lariat Coffee Roasters. The bank staff spends...
Twisp: April 22, 2015

Twisp: April 22, 2015

By Sally Gracie Build it, hang it, and they will come. And aren’t they the handsome couple! Patrick Hannigan hung my Nice Nest for swallows on the side of the outbuilding last week. By early Sunday morning (April 19), several pairs of tree swallows — deep blue iridescent backs and white fronts — swooped and swallowed over the yard,...
Mazama: April 15, 2015

Mazama: April 15, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Things are quiet east of Lost River. Actually, they usually are. We have a policy at SLIME, like Las Vegas and paraphrasing, that what I hear here stays here unless I get permission to use it. It does not apply to things of general information (no gossip) and events — and certainly not politics...
Twisp: April 15, 2015

Twisp: April 15, 2015

By Sally Gracie Liberty Bell High School wrestlers boast bleached blonde hair for the state championship meet — and following that example, 12 of the local youth wrestler little guys sported green and gold, thanks to the skills of stylist Devin Barnhart, parent of a young wrestler. I will be sad when the colors fade; so will...
Winthrop: May 15, 2015

Winthrop: May 15, 2015

By Ashley Lodato Methow Valley people always love it when a hometown kid gets famous, or even better: semi-famous. The Aly Rae music video that has been circulating amongst those who knew Alyson Eckmann when she was growing up in Winthrop may have found its way to your inbox recently and if so, you may...
Winthrop: April 8, 2015

Winthrop: April 8, 2015

By Ashley Lodato Everybody is always excited when the North Cascades Highway opens again for the season, and this year is no exception, with people celebrating one of the earliest openings in 42 years. To be sure, driving to and from the west side is quicker and a lot more beautiful than going around “the...