Today is Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

VALLEY LIFE
Twisp: August 27, 2014

Twisp: August 27, 2014

By Sally Gracie Cheryl Wrangle and her two parakeets were rescued by firemen and police officers last Thursday (Aug. 22) sometime between 11 p.m. and midnight, after the storm. Cheryl’s rescue team led her over the deck and down a path into a gorge and to the highway.  Cheryl’s house sits on a ledge above...
Mazama: August 20, 2014

Mazama: August 20, 2014

By Bob Spiwak The hot days seem to be back, and most of the first cut of hay in this area has been cut. The stacks are growing taller along with the next crop of fodder, soon to be cut. Monday morning opened for us replete with unusual stuff. It began with the dog pointed...
Winthrop: August 20, 2014

Winthrop: August 20, 2014

By Ashley Lodato And then came the rain. It was just a sprinkle at first, teasing us with warm drops that evaporated immediately upon contact with the parched earth. But later, after we rushed to close windows and bring in laundry off the line, we marveled at the sight of dusty cars washing clean in...
Twisp: August 20, 2014

Twisp: August 20, 2014

By Sally Gracie While some of our friends deal with insurance companies, FEMA, the Red Cross and other agencies, those of us in Twisp proper are being lulled by the sense that the worst is over. The burnt-orange sunsets of last week have disappeared along with smoke on the valley floor. This Monday, the temperature...
Methow: August 13, 2014

Methow: August 13, 2014

By Joanna Bastian A carved Sasquatch stands guard on the South Fork of Gold Creek. One eye is missing, giving him the flirtatious look of a wink. I tried to interview him a few times. I asked him how long he had been standing there, if he had a girlfriend, and what hair products he...
Mazama: August 13, 2014

Mazama: August 13, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Here it is Monday morning (Aug. 11) and the sky is full of smoke. It seems to be bothering quite a few peoples’ breathing, but thus far while I have noticed no ill effects. A familiar refrain these days is something along the order of “I am so sick of the fire...
Winthrop: August 13, 2014

Winthrop: August 13, 2014

By Ashley Lodato When the Rising Eagle Road Fire broke out, Ken Bevis and Teri Pieper had only a few moments to collect their belongings and evacuate. They then left their house, not knowing what the outcome would be. Their neighbors across the valley, however, had a great view of the fire and took photos...
Twisp: August 13, 2014

Twisp: August 13, 2014

By Sally Gracie Except for some unpleasant fire-related smog, the only great drama on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 10) was the final performance of William Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night at The Merc Playhouse. Local fires and a lack of electricity had mandated cancelling five of the 11 previously-scheduled performances. Director Ki Gottberg gathered her troupe of actors from both...
The diary of a fiery weekend

The diary of a fiery weekend

By Bob Spiwak Aug. 1 and 2 will be memorable days for many people, many reasons. A group of local pilots flying back from the annual fly-in at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in Dr. O’Keefe’s big Lockheed could not get any response on the open frequency and with no radio instructions had to land at the state...
Winthrop: August 6, 2014

Winthrop: August 6, 2014

By Ashley Lodato I keep thinking that things are going to get back to normal and I will be able to resume writing funny kid anecdotes or describing various summer vacations that Winthrop residents have been taking. But I’ve now resigned myself to the fact that this summer is shaping up to be anything but...