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VALLEY LIFE
Lower Valley: April 27, 2016

Lower Valley: April 27, 2016

By Joanna Bastian It is a dangerous trip down river with the spring runoff at peak flow this week. The drive itself is dangerous. I’ve pulled over several times to safely observe the flow without drifting into oncoming traffic. I don’t know why I look. The sight fills me with terrible awe. My stomach churns...
Keeping track of traffic when it really counts

Keeping track of traffic when it really counts

By Bob Spiwak April 22, 2016 — a day on which Methow merchants sighed in relief when the North Cascades Highway opened after its annual winter closure. I had forgotten about it that morning and was digging a trench for resurrection of our clothesline pole after its winter burial. As I dug into the rocky...
Twisp: April 20, 2016

Twisp: April 20, 2016

By Sarah Schrock It happens every few months. I get a phone call from a concerned neighbor or friend alerting me that my dog is running around town along the highway. In a brief state of panic, I look for my girl and she’s right where I left her, asleep in my house. Nope, the...
Winthrop: April 20, 2016

Winthrop: April 20, 2016

By Ashley Lodato Mazama sixth-grader Bellamy Kar has a shot at meeting Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. Bellamy, who (along with his parents Erika and Christian and his brother Sebastian) is spending this school year in Baja California, recently took a test that all students in Mexican schools are required to take before moving on...
Winthrop: April 13, 2016

Winthrop: April 13, 2016

By Ashley Lodato Earth Day is just around the corner and Methow Recycles would like you to participate in roadside clean-up efforts during the week of April 17-22. For the past few years, volunteer crews have collected litter from about 60 miles of roadway; the goal this year is 100 miles. Organize some friends and...
Twisp: April 13, 2016

Twisp: April 13, 2016

By Sarah Schrock If you’ve noticed a crew of young, unfamiliar faces around town, they are a group of AmeriCorps volunteers here to work with on variety of community service projects. Taking up residence at the TwispWorks bunkhouse for the third year in a row, AmeriCorps volunteers have helped build and beautify the community through...
Lower Valley: April 13, 2016

Lower Valley: April 13, 2016

By Joanna Bastian It was a dark and stormy night. In truth it was a starlit, clear and cold night, but any good mystery starts off with ominous storm clouds and mysterious footprints. A group of adventurous Methowites were enjoying a spring skiing trip in a remote area of the Sawtooths when they came across...
In like a liar, out like a scam: A caution for grandparents

In like a liar, out like a scam: A caution for grandparents

By Bob Spiwak March 29, 2016. The warmest day of the year so far, a day for outside labor.  The crocuses have emerged from the snow and all morning I have been clearing ice and snow. It’s just after noon, my wife is at the library and I am in a deep-sleep nap. The telephone...
Winthrop: April 6, 2016

Winthrop: April 6, 2016

By Ashley Lodato Eight of about a dozen Methow Trails groomers celebrated the end of the season on Thursday, with just two of them needing to wrap up the party a bit early so they could complete their final grooming shifts of the winter in Mazama and the Rendezvous. Apparently being a trails groomer is...
Twisp: April 6, 2016

Twisp: April 6, 2016

By Sarah Schrock The law of unintended consequences is flowing through my neighborhood, causing minor detours and distress. It all started about 100 years ago, but I will get to that in bit. Conflict regarding water management in the Town of Twisp and within the Methow Valley Irrigation District (MVID) is nothing original. A complex...