Today is Monday, Sept. 26, 2016

VALLEY LIFE
Monitoring the Labor Day migration on Highway 20

Monitoring the Labor Day migration on Highway 20

By Bob Spiwak Time for the semi-annual count of vehicles coming into and leaving the upper valley on a busy holiday weekend. We hired Ms. Gloria to make a special count of motorcycles, east- and westbound, because of rising concern about their safety on state roads, notably Highway 20, the North Cascades Highway. Here, 7...
Mazama: August 31, 2016

Mazama: August 31, 2016

By Mandi Donohue During the Industrial Revolution, when child labor and horrible working conditions ran rampant, unions began to form, giving a voice to the people. A railroad strike was the straw that broke the camel’s back, and in 1894 President Glover Cleveland and a unanimous Congress created Labor Day as a national holiday. I find...
Winthrop: August 31, 2016

Winthrop: August 31, 2016

By Ashley Lodato I recently heard that someone is trying to put together a group of volunteers to cut downed trees on the Oval Lakes trail. I am happy to report that such a need does not exist. My family took a quick weekend trip to West Oval Lake this past weekend for a last...
Twisp: September 1, 2016

Twisp: September 1, 2016

By Sarah Schrock With the bus barn demolished, the community plaza at TwispWorks taking form, and a new town hall or civic building, as it’s being called, slated for the near future, the face of town is slowing changing. The new building on Glover Street next to the River Bank has also taken shape as...
Mazama: August 24, 2016

Mazama: August 24, 2016

By Mandi Donohue Last Friday marked the one-year anniversary of our fallen firefighters.  While so much of me wanted and intended to, I didn’t make it down valley to the remembrance. Lliam and I have been passing ships in the night. With his late night tows and my early morning hours, I felt like I hadn’t...
Winthrop: August 24, 2016

Winthrop: August 24, 2016

By Ashley Lodato Have you ever had a thing that you didn’t really need anymore, but you thought “This thing is just too good to toss?” If so, you will be delighted to hear that Methow Recycles runs a website specifically for these types of situations, where people can post information about their good, useable,...
Twisp: August 24, 2016

Twisp: August 24, 2016

By Sarah Schrock I know you’ve seen them, driving up and down the highway every hour; orange place names on the roof, striped green and blue. The 12-passenger buses operated by TranGO seem to be gaining riders, based on my un-official observations. I was the sole rider on my first TranGO trip last month. The...
Lower Valley: August 24, 2016

Lower Valley: August 24, 2016

By Joanna Bastian Earlier this month, Aleeka Smith celebrated the passing down of a very special ceremonial buckskin dress that belonged to her great aunt, Mary Miller Marchand. Aleeka lives in the lower Methow Valley along the same riverbank where her great aunt lived, along with many other generations before them. In Mary’s last years...
Mazama: August 17, 2016

Mazama: August 17, 2016

By Mandi Donohue Cheryl Goerger, my neighbor in Lost River, sent me a fascinating New York Times article called “How to Give Rural America Broadband? Look to the Early 1900s.” It was mind-blowing. In the 1940s, subsidiaries of local electric cooperatives transformed rural areas by bringing electricity to the locals. Today, these same companies are hanging...
Twisp: August 17, 2016

Twisp: August 17, 2016

By Sarah Schrock Before I begin, I want to apologize for my blunders in last week’s column about the pool party. I totally blew it on the who’s who and what they do. First off, Emele Clothier sang folk songs along with Fred Cooley, not Lauralee Northcott. I am sorry to have confused these talented...