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VALLEY LIFE
How the old Weeman Bridge ended its span life

How the old Weeman Bridge ended its span life

By Bob Spiwak It was John Hayes’ idea that we should have a gathering to commemorate the demise of the old Weeman Bridge one evening back in 1984. What you read here is a combination of my memories, my wife’s recollections and the Methow Valley News of Aug. 23 that year. Quoted sections and photo...
Twisp: March 4, 2015

Twisp: March 4, 2015

By Sally Gracie Snow melt, so early this year, has exposed the enemy in the garden. Gophers/voles are active in one flower garden, and the war is on. I’ve purchased gas bombs and MoleMax pellets from Katrina. I can’t tell what has been destroyed, but ominous lumps of loose soil suggest damage to plants and...
Mazama: March 4, 2015

Mazama: March 4, 2015

By Bob Spiwak More sunshine this past week. Cooler temperatures, but the sun and breezes have accelerated the melt. Today (Monday), there is wind which should further hasten the demise of the snow. We are down to about a foot in West Boesel. While we are on weather, the measurements from Harts Pass we monitor...
Winthrop: March 4, 2015

Winthrop: March 4, 2015

By Ashley Lodato You know you live in a small town when you’re skiing with your doctor, you look up in the sky at the sound of a plane and recognize your dentist, who sees you waving wildly and tips his wings in response. That’s what the whole weekend was like if you were skiing...
Winthrop: Feb. 25, 2015

Winthrop: Feb. 25, 2015

By Ashley Lodato Part-time Pine Forest resident (and daughter of valley residents Kurt and Susan Snover) Amy Snover recently returned from a trip to the White House, where she was one of eight people being nationally recognized as a “Champion of Change for Climate Education and Literacy.” The White House’s “Champions of Change” program is...
Lower Valley: Feb. 25, 2015

Lower Valley: Feb. 25, 2015

By Joanna Bastian The garage has been gone for nearly seven months now. You truly never appreciate something until it’s gone. Especially something as inconsequential as a garage. We were at Goat’s Beard Mountain Supply in Mazama, replacing skis and ski boots a few months ago, when my husband mentioned that the garage had a...
Twisp: Feb. 25, 2015

Twisp: Feb. 25, 2015

By Sally Gracie I spent Sunday watching Academy Award “best picture” nominees on pay-per view. After playing a role in The Merc Playhouse Readers Theater production on Friday and Saturday, I was most taken by Birdman, a story about a Hollywood super-hero who, to prove his worth, risks everything as an actor on Broadway. Needless...
Mazama: Feb 25, 2015

Mazama: Feb 25, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Gee, this is almost getting boring. Another sunny Monday morning. The forecast for later in the week calls for some snow, but we have been seeing this for close to a month and so far it has not materialized. My own mantra, and maybe that of a few others, is that the...
Mazama: Feb. 18, 2015

Mazama: Feb. 18, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Monday morning and sunny, and the sun is very warm, continuing the melt that becomes ice overnight. Still lots of snow on the land, and crowds of skiers to take advantage of it. The major ski areas south of here are suffering from lack of snow. Up at Harts Pass the snow...
Twisp: Feb. 18, 2015

Twisp: Feb. 18, 2015

By Sally Gracie Did you read Ashley Lodato’s “In Defense of the Gossip Columnist?” That column was an adaptation of the witty essay she shared at the 113th birthday party for the Methow Valley News a few weeks ago. If only Ashley and I could publish all the rumors and gossip we are privy to, we...