Today is Thursday, Apr. 23, 2015

VALLEY LIFE
Lower Valley: April 8, 2015

Lower Valley: April 8, 2015

By Joanna Bastian Something is different about this week. It is the lack of school buses pausing along Highway 153 to let loose groups of young scholars each afternoon. Spring break is in full swing, and that means summer is just around the corner. If you happen to be on horseback, some incredible views of...
Just a couple of fishing fools

Just a couple of fishing fools

By Bob Spiwak When Ms. Gloria and I moved here in 1981 our primary activity was going to yard sales and auctions. There we met lots of people, and after a few weekends encountered some of the same people we had met and gotten to know. However, after several months of buying or bidding on...
Winthrop: April 1, 2015

Winthrop: April 1, 2015

By Ashley Lodato It’s the time of year when those of us who live in fields begin to examine the damage done to our yards by pocket gophers, and the men start to get all Caddy Shack on us. Strategies for battling these little pests range from the classic trap, to flooding tunnels, to stakeouts...
Mazama: April 1, 2015

Mazama: April 1, 2015

By Bob Spiwak A sunny Monday. Awoke to a convention of wood ducks, eight of them on the pond. It was hard to count as they were either frolicking or fighting, it was hard to discern what with the splashing and circular navigation. Our “annual” (we think) pairs, one of woodies and the other, mallards,...
Twisp: April 1, 2015

Twisp: April 1, 2015

By Sally Gracie I thought Nadine Van Hees would be relieved when the final curtain fell after the March 29 matinee of Methow Valley Theater’s Gypsy. Instead, she’s already “looking forward to next year.” As director she found the cast of 31 “a joy to work with. I had the time of my life and...
Lower Valley: March 25, 2015

Lower Valley: March 25, 2015

By Joanna Bastian It is not normal to see someone snorkeling in the Methow Valley in March. I have completed a fair amount of meticulous research on the subject and have formulated several strong theories on why snorkeling is not an early spring activity in the Methow Valley: • It is mud season. Underwater vision...
Winthrop: March 25, 2015

Winthrop: March 25, 2015

By Ashley Lodato The other day I chatted with Frankie Waller and she reminded me of a couple of events coming up at the Winthrop Barn in the next few weeks: the membership meeting on Monday (March 30) and the ladies’ tea party and fashion show on April 11. The fashion show will feature local...
Mazama: March 25, 2015

Mazama: March 25, 2015

By Bob Spiwak It’s a sunny Monday morning and the rain predicted for yesterday was barely a trickle this side of Mazama. There is a chance of snow for tonight, followed by warmer days. At Harts Pass the snow level in a week has risen from 79 to 88 inches. The snow/water content is now...
Twisp: March 25, 2015

Twisp: March 25, 2015

By Sally Gracie The robins and phoebes are back in my yard. Some snowbirds have also returned to the valley with exciting stories to tell of their excellent adventures. Wilson Hicks and Susie Gallagher spent three winter months in Mexico. They flew to Mexico City, spent a week there, then rented a car and headed...
Twisp: March 18, 2015

Twisp: March 18, 2015

By Sally Gracie A white puddle beneath my back porch on the north side of the house is all that remains of our winter’s stingy snowfall. Boston broke records with 108.6 inches; I doubt we had 2 feet. The annual fundraiser dinner for Wenatchee’s Trusting Spirit Horse Rescue was held last week at Twisp River...