Today is Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

VALLEY LIFE
Winthrop: October 8, 2014

Winthrop: October 8, 2014

By Ashley Lodato Paul Herget is a retired carpenter who lives in the valley, and who occasionally sells homemade birdhouses at the farmers market in the spring. In the wake of the fires, Paul, who spends a lot of time out in the woods observing wildlife, got to thinking about birds, and lost habitat, and...
The one-day diary of a potential juror

The one-day diary of a potential juror

By Bob Spiwak Up at 6 a.m., on the Loup highway an hour later, early in September. Sun blazing through the windshield; even vertical and horizontal shades could not keep the brilliance from obstructing views on the road to Okanogan most of the time. My instructions for jury duty were to be at the courthouse...
Mazama: October 1, 2014

Mazama: October 1, 2014

By Bob Spiwak It’s been an interesting week, especially weather-wise. Last Thursday (Sept. 25) was in the middle of days of rain and cloudiness, and while I was driving to Twisp before mid-day, there was a stream of vehicles headed west, their wipers swiping the windshields. All the way to Twisp I conjured the cars’...
Winthrop: October 1, 2014

Winthrop: October 1, 2014

By Ashley Lodato Always one for inspiration, Carolyn Reynaud had a stunner of a scheme the other day: Name Tag Week. The idea is that everyone in the valley wears a name tag for a week, with first and last names, so that those of us who have been introduced to each other but have...
Twisp: October 1, 2014

Twisp: October 1, 2014

By Sally Gracie The party down the hill at Tom Doran and Sue Koptonak’s house on Saturday night sounded like so much fun — lots of music, laughter and applause — that I considered crashing it. I didn’t, but on Sunday afternoon, a bouquet of roses and a telephone message broke the ice, and I crossed the yard to...
Mazama: September 24, 2014

Mazama: September 24, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Tim and Nancy Wezeman were riding their horses out in the West Boesel-Dripping Springs (Big Valley) area when they were aware of two pairs of large, dark ears ahead of them in the woods. On closer inspection they saw that the ears belonged to a couple of moose. Actually, they determined that...
Methow: September 24, 2014

Methow: September 24, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian Always ahead of the game, us lower valley folks have been ready for fall for months. We even decorated early for Halloween this year — everything has been orange and black since mid-July. The trees that shut down all growth during the fire as an act of survival today blend in with the...
Winthrop: September 24, 2014

Winthrop: September 24, 2014

By Ashley Lodato With rain and cooler temperatures forecast to usher in the official start of autumn, people headed to the hills in droves over the weekend to get what may be (but what we hope won’t be) a final fix of the mountains before the first lasting snowfall. Sixth-grader Bodie Paul — who was less than...
Twisp: September 24, 2014

Twisp: September 24, 2014

By Sally Gracie The summer of 2014 wasn’t good for horseback riding in the Methow Valley. Finally, 10 weeks after the first fire blew up above Texas Creek, riders on horseback are exploring the areas of the big burns and assessing fire, wind and water damage to their favorite trails. And they are finding a...
Mazama: September 17, 2014

Mazama: September 17, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Even with the warmer days in the 80s, the nights have been, for a week now, just plain cold. We had a low of 31 degrees last week and today, Monday, it was 37. The trees are beginning to turn, a few leaves are falling and the bears are sampling garbage cans....