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VALLEY LIFE
Lower Valley: June 10, 2015

Lower Valley: June 10, 2015

By Joanna Bastian Robert E. Koczewski of Gold Creek was laid to rest at the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., on April 23. Robert died eight months earlier during the height of the Carlton Complex Fires, when he suffered a heart attack on the morning of July 19, 2014. In the previous days, Robert...
Mazama: June 10, 2015

Mazama: June 10, 2015

By Bob Spiwak The buzz this morning is a predicted temperature of 102 degrees as a high for Mazama. Yesterday (Sunday), we were in the high 80s in West Boesel and for a change there was no wind, barely a breeze. The river has been up and down. My visual barometer is a snag on...
Winthrop: June 10, 2015

Winthrop: June 10, 2015

By Ashley Lodato Methow Valley kids were scattered far and wide this past weekend, pursuing sports and other extracurricular activities. The baseball teams were in Spokane, the equestrians were in Wenatchee, and the dancers traveled to Omak. We attended (as spectators) our first dressage event at Appleatchee in Wenatchee, and enjoyed seeing Methow Valley Riding...
Twisp: June 10, 2015

Twisp: June 10, 2015

By Sally Gracie Terry Hunt’s new song cycle, “Wendell Berry Songs,” based on the poetry of Wendell Berry, premiered in Wenatchee on Sunday evening (June 7). The performance was part of the Wenatchee Valley College 75th Anniversary Music Series. This is Terry’s second musical composition based on a poet’s work; the first featured poems by...
Mazama: June 3, 2015

Mazama: June 3, 2015

By Bob Spiwak It’s Monday morning and first thing I need to do is to offer a correction to last week’s report that the average length of the logs piled up for the salmon recovery project was 10 feet. Bad mistake. I had a temporary affliction of flatus cerebelus, something that comes with age. The...
Twisp: June 3, 2015

Twisp: June 3, 2015

By Sally Gracie Since October 2013, Brandon Sheely has been a patient in search of a diagnosis.  Brandon’s ordeal began with a search for an orthopedist or other specialist who could tell him what was wrong with his ankles and how they could be corrected. His work as a biologist required strenuous outdoor work, and...
Winthrop: June 3, 2015

Winthrop: June 3, 2015

By Ashley Lodato It’s field trip season in the Methow and seemingly everywhere you look, busloads of elementary school kids are being dropped off at interesting local sites to learn about the people and places of our valley ­— the Shafer Museum, the Twisp floodplain, the Twisp Ponds, and Methow Recycles, to name a few....
Island hopping with my golf bag

Island hopping with my golf bag

By Bob Spiwak One of the perks of being a golf writer is travel, especially when it is on someone else’s dime. In that case, there is usually a quid pro quo (something for something) involved, so it is expected that nice things will be written about whoever is picking up the tab. In this...
Lower Valley: May 27, 2015

Lower Valley: May 27, 2015

By Joanna Bastian There are plenty of artsy photo ops in the lower valley. Call it a state of disrepair or “charmingly rustic,” metaphorical images viewed through a lens abound in the “MetLow.” Swaying in the breeze with a few jagged footboards clinging to rusty cables, the remains of two footbridges on both the south...
Mazama: May 27, 2015

Mazama: May 27, 2015

By Bob Spiwak A very busy day in Mazama on Saturday. The World-Famous Pancake Breakfast was its usual success, this year augmented by a yard sale — once a staple, but long in hiatus. Ms. Gloria and I had a table and spoke with a lot of local people we’d not seen for a long time. Among...