Today is Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

VALLEY LIFE
Winthrop: January 14, 2015

Winthrop: January 14, 2015

By Ashley Lodato If you’re all fired up to learn more about the role wildfires play in our landscapes, consider taking the Methow Conservancy’s upcoming six-week conservation course, which will explore many angles of the short- and long-term effects of the Carlton Complex fires and ecological recovery through lectures by local and regional specialists. Some...
Methow: January 14, 2015

Methow: January 14, 2015

Methow By Joanna Bastian Thirty degrees feels absolutely balmy after December’s initial foray into single-digit temperatures. The current beach-worthy weather has done little to diminish my coat envy. It is time for a new warm coat, especially since my overly qualified herding dog tried to save me and my down jacket with her teeth during...
Mazama: Jan. 7, 2015

Mazama: Jan. 7, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Monday, 10 a.m. Temperature 28 at ground level and 33 high on the house.  It has been quite a 24 hours, and now it is raining. Two hours ago it was freezing rain and prior to that about 4 inches of snow. In short, it is a mess, and a crunchy one...
Winthrop: Jan. 7, 2015

Winthrop: Jan. 7, 2015

By Ashley Lodato If you were out on the ski trails in the past two weeks, or if you were at the ice rink, or if you were walking around downtown Winthrop, you might reasonably draw the conclusion, based on the number of people you witnessed doing the exact same thing as you, that people...
Twisp: Jan. 7, 2015

Twisp: Jan. 7, 2015

By Sally Gracie Happy 2015. I can’t say I’m sorry to see 2014 behind me. Let’s hope and pray that we have no repeat of our fire summer. Lightning doesn’t strike twice! My perfect little Noble fir stands lighted in the corner of the living room. I usually wait until Jan. 6, the twelfth day...
Mazama: Dec. 31, 2014

Mazama: Dec. 31, 2014

By Bob Spiwak It is Saturday morning, a gray day with a few snowflakes falling from a leaden sky. Earlier this morning, we took the dog to Dripping Springs trailhead just down the road. Expectations were to find a lot of cars and a lot of dogs. We were mistaken, and were alone but for...
Twisp: Dec. 31, 2014

Twisp: Dec. 31, 2014

By Sally Gracie Mary Bean, wearing a “100 years” sash over her sweater, was feted at a fabulous birthday party on Saturday (Dec. 27). Months of organizing by Mary’s daughter, Jo Doyle, and others were evident in the decorations at the Methow Valley Community Center gym. These included a guest-book table — the book was signed by...
Winthrop: Dec. 31, 2014

Winthrop: Dec. 31, 2014

By Ashley Lodato On the brink of a new year we ask ourselves, “What lies ahead?” We look back on the past year’s milestones and accomplishments. We make resolutions both grandiose and modest. We attempt to move past difficult experiences; we try to let bygones be bygones. We gird ourselves with quiet resolve to live...
Memories of Nitchka: gentle, friendly and stubborn

Memories of Nitchka: gentle, friendly and stubborn

By Bob Spiwak For many years, through five owners of the Mazama Store, I have annually made a calendar for the employees. Almost all the calendars have had some relationship to the area, at times with a theme such as cows, horses, scenics and so forth. This year’s is entitled “Dogs of the Mazama Store,”...
Methow: December 24, 2014

Methow: December 24, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian Emily Dickinson once wrote a short note to a friend, expressing a wish: “I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven.” When the trees and bushes outside my kitchen window are full of birds flitting back and forth and singing, I imagine I know what...