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VALLEY LIFE
Lower Valley: June 29, 2016

Lower Valley: June 29, 2016

By Joanna Bastian Shortly before noon on Saturday (June 25), a long cedar dugout canoe floated down the Methow River to the confluence and then turned up the Columbia River. The team of six rowed the craft to shore to kick off the third annual Salmon Bake and Cultural Celebration fundraiser for the Community Resource...
Twisp: June 22, 2016

Twisp: June 22, 2016

By Sarah Schrock Imagine the life of a child in poverty from a country afflicted with political upheavals, economic uncertainties and famine that dances on the heels of unpredictable rains. In a land where security means life behind iron gates and armed men for the privileged and elite, or in the sheer numbers of slum...
Winthrop: June 22, 2016

Winthrop: June 22, 2016

By Ashley Lodato No one (except, perhaps, those who held outdoor weddings on Saturday) should complain about the rain, but I’m going to indulge a little whining about the mid-June frost – following on the heels of a heat wave, no less ? that dashed my hopes of a bumper crop of beans, potatoes and zucchini....
Twisp: June 15, 2016

Twisp: June 15, 2016

By Sarah Schrock Here’s something you didn’t know: 840,000 people. That’s roughly how many people would be required to eat a Popsicle the size of a blue whale. This was a question posed to me by my 4-year-old: “What if we made a Popsicle the size of a blue whale?” It would take more than...
Winthrop: June 15, 2016

Winthrop: June 15, 2016

By Ashley Lodato A small but dedicated crowd gathered for a candlelight vigil at Mack Lloyd Park in Winthrop on Sunday evening, in the wake of Sunday morning’s mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Although the vigil was lightly attended compared to those taking place in urban areas all over the country, it...
Lower Valley: June 15, 2016

Lower Valley: June 15, 2016

By Joanna Bastian In October 1886, Tom Robinson and his brother Jim first met Narcisse, a Methow Indian who lived below the stony bluffs at the mouth of the Methow River. Narcisse and his friends, seeing Tom’s blonde hair and blue eyes, nicknamed him “Hyas Pretty.” Narcisse saddled up horses for the two men and...
Winthrop: June 8, 2016

Winthrop: June 8, 2016

By Ashley Lodato Experienced whitewater boaters don’t often like to share near-miss experiences, but David Clement and Betsy Weiss believe that the educational value of their recent adventure on the Methow River outweighs any embarrassment they might feel about the predicament they found themselves in. “We have egg on our face a bit,” says David,...
Twisp: June 8, 2016

Twisp: June 8, 2016

By Sarah Schrock It seems to me the last couple weeks of school are packed full of events: sports playoffs, field trips, spring concerts, writers’ workshops, science symposiums, and family picnics. All valuable in their own right, but it feels as though most of the classroom time has been written off. So why not write...
Heavy Memorial Day traffic?  You can count on it

Heavy Memorial Day traffic? You can count on it

By Bob Spiwak Well, today’s car count came within a whisker of tying the old Memorial Day record, as we remember it. The written record is missing but the number was 385 westbound vehicles, as we recall. Today, May 30, it was 379. The eastbound count was 91, between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Last year...
Twisp: June 1, 2016

Twisp: June 1, 2016

By Sarah Schrock Mary Bean, my neighbor, has a lot of people to remember on Memorial Day. At the tender age of 101, she has outlived two husbands, lived through two World Wars, the Cold War and Vietnam, both Gulf Wars, and seen many friends pass away. Each Memorial Day weekend, to commemorate the past...