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VALLEY LIFE
Twisp: May 25, 2016

Twisp: May 25, 2016

By Sarah Schrock May is National Bike Month. To celebrate two-wheeled transit, the annual Bike Rodeo at TwispWorks took place on Saturday. Thankfully, the rain lifted just in time for 25 eager riders to partake. The Bike Rodeo brings together a multitude of sponsoring partners including Aero Methow Rescue Service, Methow Trails, Methow Cycle and...
Winthrop: May 21, 2016

Winthrop: May 21, 2016

By Ashley Lodato I totally blew it last week with neglecting to write about my own memories from the May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens eruption. But better late than never! (And if you disagree, please make a special effort to connect with me about some of your news for next week, otherwise I might...
Lower Valley: May 25, 2016

Lower Valley: May 25, 2016

By Joanna Bastian Ever wonder how the Methow Valley was formed? I am constantly in awe of the beauty of this valley, how the shifting light of morning illuminates the variance in topography, how a rainstorm in the distance cuts a path through a maze of hills and valleys before crashing into the rocky crags...
Twisp: May 18, 2016

Twisp: May 18, 2016

By Sarah Schrock I am skeptical of the notion of death without regret. Sure, all of us would love to arrive at the finish line without harboring doubts over our lives decisions. But this weekend I managed to generate a regret I am sure to go to my grave with: missing “A Prairie Home Companion”...
Winthrop: May 18, 2016

Winthrop: May 18, 2016

By Ashley Lodato It has been a good spring for seeing old familiar faces and places. Susan Prichard was in McMinnville, Oregon, delivering a series of lectures about fire ecology at Linfield College. Her visit included a faculty dinner with the college’s environmental studies and biology professors, where she was told she was to be...
Snake oil

Snake oil

By Bob Spiwak Saturday afternoon. I was in my workshop banging away, metal on metal, when in a pause I hear Ms. Gloria calling to me. I could not discern what she was wanting so I opened the door and politely yelled “what?” She responded again and I advised her that I could not make...
Twisp: May 11, 2016

Twisp: May 11, 2016

By Sarah Schrock The Merc Playhouse’s run of The Wind in the Willows brought nearly 30 kids to the stage as the first children’s performance in honor of Tommy Zbyszewski. Tom performed in numerous acts at The Merc before his life was taken while fighting the Twisp River Fire last summer. I remember Tom in...
Winthrop: May 11, 2016

Winthrop: May 11, 2016

By Ashley Lodato If you happened to catch “60 Minutes” on May 1, you learned about the Rift Valley Children’s Village (RVCV) in the Karatu Region of northern Tanzania. This village, which provides permanent homes and education for 94 orphaned children, has for the past 10 years also offered dental services, courtesy of the Methow...
Lower Valley: May 11, 2016

Lower Valley: May 11, 2016

By Joanna Bastian Due to a series of unfortunate events I did not have any bees last year. Long story short: 2014 gave us all a complex, stressing the bees going into winter of 2015, which they did not survive. Ankle reconstruction left me dubious about handling bee boxes while hopping around on one leg....
Twisp: May 4, 2016

Twisp: May 4, 2016

By Sarah Schrock There’s a magical ephemeral period in the desert when an oasis emerges and life surges from the ground. Hidden from the surface awaiting the water to loosen the soil, to moisten the seeds, and to wet their skin, amphibious critters that have been dormant underground anticipate their emergence.  Here in the valley...