Today is Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

VALLEY LIFE
Mazama: Nov. 12, 2014

Mazama: Nov. 12, 2014

By Bob Spiwak We’re buttoning up for the coming week with the forecast predicting single-digit temperatures for Tuesday and Wednesday nights — splitting firewood, clearing a trail for the snow blower. It seems premature with the sunny days we have been having along with the warm rain. According to a neighbor visiting from the coast,...
Mazama: Nov. 5, 2014

Mazama: Nov. 5, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Today (Nov. 3) we had a fantastic sunrise, giving probably false hope that the rain forecast would prove wrong. But the clouds are coming in for another spate of wet stuff. We have been busy raking wherever the snowblower will eventually traverse, clearing off rocks, pieces of split and sawed firewood and...
Winthrop: Nov. 5, 2014

Winthrop: Nov. 5, 2014

By Ashley Lodato After spending 364 days of the year warning their kids about the dangers of accepting candy from strangers, parents all over the valley sent these same kids out in the streets to solicit candy from strangers. It seemed like downtown Winthrop’s Halloween was the busiest it has ever been, but the Tenderfoot,...
Twisp: Nov. 5, 2014

Twisp: Nov. 5, 2014

By Sally Gracie Next Halloween I will wear a costume and take my trick-or-treat candy to Burgar Street to hand it out there. While I had just four children knock on the door, residents on Burgar report 100 times that many. Bryce Kimball has only been in the valley for a week and a half,...
How a couple of longhorns gave us short shrift

How a couple of longhorns gave us short shrift

By Bob Spiwak Across from Kelly’s at Wesola Polana restaurant on Highway 20 is Kumm Road. It was named for Roy Kumm, now long departed to that big cattle drive in the sky. Roy was a fine older gent who among other talents was an artificial inseminator of cattle.  How we came to require his...
Twisp: Oct. 29, 2014

Twisp: Oct. 29, 2014

By Sally Gracie Trick-or-treat can’t come soon enough for me. I bought the candy weeks ago and, despite my best intentions, I’ve gotten into that bag of mini-Snickers bars. D. J. Desjardins, 4 years old, has won a basket of goodies and a $25 gift certificate for guessing the weight of the giant pumpkin at...
Winthrop: Oct. 29, 2014

Winthrop: Oct. 29, 2014

By Ashley Lodato The Winthrop Barn was packed at Room One’s annual soup dinner fundraiser on Saturday night (Oct. 25), with nearly 300 guests and what seemed like about 100 volunteers. A veritable stanchion of attendees, one might suggest. More than any other, the Room One dinner feels like a community event, with all and...
Mazama: Oct. 29, 2014

Mazama: Oct. 29, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Well, winter is creeping up on us bit by bit. Our low last night (Oct. 26) was 31 degrees, after temperatures were ranging in the 50s at bedtime most of the month. The foliage on the various trees — cottonwood, birch, willow, aspen — has peaked, and the leaves are laying a dense cover on the...
Methow: October 22, 2014

Methow: October 22, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian Max Judd looked out the window and ran his hand over his brow and through his white hair, his fingers thick from years of working the soil. His gaze fell on the hillside across the river, as if to find words among the yellow and red leaves in the trees. I...
Mazama: October 22, 2014

Mazama: October 22, 2014

By Bob Spiwak The rains have finally arrived, the trees are losing their leaves and soon wintry weather will be upon us. We heard there was a bit of snow at Harts Pass early last week, but none currently. If you have a dog, my wife came up with an idea, maybe not original, as...