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VALLEY LIFE
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...
Winthrop: March 30, 2016

Winthrop: March 30, 2016

By Ashley Lodato To diffuse the creepiness of Methow Conservancy Executive Director Jason Paulsen’s inexplicably disturbing Easter bunny suit at a board meeting over the weekend, Phil Davis lightened the mood by sharing a story about his first day of professional work, when he was doing an internship with Xerox. As was required of all...
Twisp: March 30, 2016

Twisp: March 30, 2016

By Sarah Schrock It was brought to my attention last week that the cross on Mill Hill needed some TLC. Broken or burned out, missing lights on the upper half and left appendage gave the image of some kind of garbled Greek pi symbol (π). The holy symbol that sits atop town always stirs up...
How a snowstorm assured my residence in the Methow Valley

How a snowstorm assured my residence in the Methow Valley

By Bob Spiwak Until sometime in 1968 I had never heard of Winthrop. Then a good friend told me that he and his dad had bought 20 acres west of town and would I like to drive out and look at it. We did, and I fell in love with the area. His acreage was...
Winthrop: March 23, 2016

Winthrop: March 23, 2016

By Ashley Lodato It has been somewhat of a fitful march toward spring, with the reward for thinking “it’s getting to be spring” being 5-8 inches of wet, sloppy snow. But definitive signs of spring are here even in Mazama, where, Eric Burr informs me, spring beauty is out up the Spokane Gulch footpath and...
Twisp: March 23, 2016

Twisp: March 23, 2016

By Sarah Schrock Cognitive dissonance is the state of being at odds with your own behavior, when your thoughts and beliefs lead to discomfort and internal conflict because your actions do otherwise. This is what happens each year to me during the Girl Scouts’ cookie sale. I know those cookies are the last things I...
Lower Valley: March 23, 2016

Lower Valley: March 23, 2016

By Joanna Bastian Randy Lewis made an important discovery in the art world last month when Linda Melvin delivered five watercolor paintings to his art shop in Seattle: two landscapes and three still-life watercolors of ceramic plates. The early 20th century paintings and the artist, E. Wells, were unknown in the art world. Linda had...
Winthrop: March 16, 2016

Winthrop: March 16, 2016

By Ashley Lodato Winthrop artist Hannah Viano opened a show last week in Port Townsend, at the Northwest Maritime Center. “Driftwood and Daring: An Artist’s Adventures in the Inside Passage” showcases Hannah’s paper-cut art (all made with a single dark sheet of paper and an Xacto knife) that has been inspired by her many trips...
Twisp: March 16, 2016

Twisp: March 16, 2016

By Sarah Schrock People are starting their starts. I witnessed the first tray in a friend’s south-facing bathroom window this weekend. These early garden go-getters always give me a little anxiety this time of year with their zealous enthusiasm for the garden. As if the two snowstorms this week weren’t enough to tell me that...