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Mazama: Jan. 13, 2015

Mazama: Jan. 13, 2015

By Bob Spiwak It is a grim and cloudy day this Monday. We were getting spoiled over the past week and temperatures rose into the low 40s at some points. Roofs with ice and snow, some of these winter coats dating back to Thanksgiving, came sliding down at times in small hunks. This past weekend...
Winthrop: Jan. 13, 2015

Winthrop: Jan. 13, 2015

By Ashley Lodato Last week’s story about Richard Hart walking out of an event in someone else’s shoes reminded me of a similar situation that happened in 2009. I believe the statute of limitations on keeping funny-but-somewhat-embarrassing stories under wraps is about five years, so I think this little tale is fair game now, and...
Twisp: Jan. 13, 2015

Twisp: Jan. 13, 2015

By Sarah Schrock It’s a bit unnerving introducing yourself to your friends and neighbors while wearing a new hat. Almost as unnerving as the gigantic ice flow on the Twisp River that threatened to wipe out properties and the park this week. Thankfully, Mother Nature took care of that and our hardworking public works staff...
Lower Valley: Jan. 13, 2015

Lower Valley: Jan. 13, 2015

By Joanna Bastian It is time once again for the Pacific Northwest’s most distinguished winter event: the Conconully Outhouse Races. Athletes representing Carlton’s finest have laid plans for a stunning comeback in 2016. If pushing outhouses and crafting witty puns are your forte, the Carlton team wants you! Meet at the Carlton Store this Saturday...
Mazama: Jan. 6, 2016

Mazama: Jan. 6, 2016

By Bob Spiwak It’s about 8 a.m. Monday. The snow is still falling — listless powder. It began about 12 hours ago with an angry barrage of huge fluttery flakes and unless it quit for a while during sleepy time, the fall has not let up and about 4 inches or so have accumulated. Temperature is at...
Winthrop: Jan. 6, 2016

Winthrop: Jan. 6, 2016

By Ashley Lodato You can’t help but love living in a small town. At least, that’s Richard Hart’s philosophy after his great shoe debacle of November. Richard attended the annual Spinners and Weavers Guild sale, where he removed his shoes at the door, as so many of us do in our own and each other’s...
Twisp: Jan. 6, 2016

Twisp: Jan. 6, 2016

By Sally Gracie Well, I guess this is it. The final time I’ll sit at my computer to write a Twisp column for the Methow Valley News. Fifteen years! 750 columns! 562,000 words! Not all columns are worth saving, but I have clipped each one, inserted it into a plastic sleeve and saved it in...
Shades of yesteryear: change is the only constant

Shades of yesteryear: change is the only constant

By Bob Spiwak The snow is still falling and I am stalling when I should be mounting the tractor and pushing the snow around. Ms. Gloria is writing a letter to an old friend, Gretchen Gibford, who lives in Millwood, near Spokane. Both women were active in what was then The Methow Valley Artisans, a...
Mazama: Dec. 30, 2015

Mazama: Dec. 30, 2015

By Bob Spiwak The new year is just about here. We spent Sunday morning as usual watching “Sunday Morning” on CBS. Yearly, host Charles Osgood has a section for the final show of the year titled “Hail and Farewell,” commentary about famous people who died during the past year. Some were familiar to Ms. Gloria...
Winthrop: Dec. 30, 2015

Winthrop: Dec. 30, 2015

By Ashley Lodato I’m fairly sure that I wasn’t the only audience member to get teary-eyed during the finale of The Merc’s Winter Wonder II production earlier this month. Even though I knew from rehearsals what was coming, the final song still called up in me a wave of nostalgia for what has been and...