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Lower Valley: July 15, 2015

Lower Valley: July 15, 2015

By Joanna Bastian When I think back to Thursday, July 17, 2014, I distinctly remember the scorching heat. It felt hotter than the temperature displayed on the thermometer, and every gust of wind was as though someone had opened an oven door. The hot wind delivered chunks of blackened, smoking ash — drifting into the grass and...
Winthrop: July 15, 2015

Winthrop: July 15, 2015

By Ashley Lodato It began as so many wildland fires begin, spreading quickly through the parched grass and trees, throwing up great white pillows of smoke against bluebird skies. It was kind of beautiful, actually, if you didn’t know what lay ahead, which of course we didn’t. It was, after all, July, and there were...
Mazama: July 15, 2015

Mazama: July 15, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Aug. 1, 2014 promised to be a busy day. The fires had been pretty much quelled, and the rains had not yet come to create their own devastation. I was on my way to the new Gamble Sands golf course near Brewster for a golf media event, a prelude to the course’s...
Twisp: July 15, 2015

Twisp: July 15, 2015

By Sally Gracie Methow Valley News editor Don Nelson gave us suggestions for writing about last summer’s fires for this week’s anniversary issue. A fragrant bouquet of Bonnie Stephens’ flowers, purchased at the farmers market, helps reduce my anxiety as I recall “memories, thoughts, people — just general observations about how it felt and how it feels now.” As...
Twisp: July 8, 2015

Twisp: July 8, 2015

By Sally Gracie No nesting birds to watch, so I have settled instead on the yellow jacket trap. I filled it to the line with white grape juice the other day and hung it below the porch on a rusty, metal garden stake — appropriately topped with the figure of a bee. Though the trap has done...
Mazama: July 8, 2015

Mazama: July 8, 2015

By Bob Spiwak For the first time in several weeks, the morning (July 6) was actually cool.  After several nights in a screened backpack tent, I slept in the house yesterday and, without any covers, was awakened by the cold. This morning’s chill may be the result of the smoke from any or all of...
Winthrop: July 8, 2015

Winthrop: July 8, 2015

By Ashley Lodato Outward Bound generally does its business pretty quietly out in the mountains surrounding the Methow Valley, but last week they made special trips down to the valley floor in order to help local nonprofits with some big projects. One group of 12 young adults helped Methow Arts load tables and chairs into...
Lower Valley: July 8, 2015

Lower Valley: July 8, 2015

By Joanna Bastian   Sixknot Cider, an organic orchard and cidery in Carlton, was offering a free tasting at Glover Street Market last Saturday. Cold and refreshing, the hard cider had a light crispness and could possibly be, hands down, my new favorite hard cider. Sixknot Cider is a serious contender in the world of...
Mazama: July 1, 2015

Mazama: July 1, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Monday morning was a special one: It was raining, and raining hard. This on the heels of an in-the-shade thermometer reading of 103 at one point Sunday afternoon. Sleeping was not too difficult with the fans going and the outside temperature down to a cooling 75 or so. This follows a fine...
Winthrop: July 1, 2015

Winthrop: July 1, 2015

By Ashley Lodato I will admit to a certain level of distraction as I sat writing this column on Sunday night, due to the two fires in the western Wenatchee area that had burned more than two dozen homes and businesses by the time I submitted my column on Monday morning. Friends evacuated, houses in...