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Mazama: September 21, 2016

Mazama: September 21, 2016

By Mandi Donohue Fall is officially here. Yippee! As I drink this delicious “Green Tea Colada” at The Ave in Okanogan, I am relishing these crisp mornings. I am all too aware of the fact that September becomes October becomes Christmas in this valley and I’m never prepared. Lliam and I wake to the smell of...
Mazama: September 14, 2016

Mazama: September 14, 2016

By Mandi Donohue Working at the Mazama Store is like living in an episode of “Northern Exposure.” Every day at the bakery is a goofy new plot line full of drama and suspense with a comedic callback involving burned bagels. Despite the fact I had written myself off of the show, I was surprisingly emotional on...
Mazama: September 7, 2016

Mazama: September 7, 2016

On Saturday morning, an 89-year old Pilot-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named crashed his plane at Lost River Airport while attempting to take off. To save him the embarrassment of using his real name, I shall refer to him as The Red Baron. Thankfully, he walked way unscathed. Despite …
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...
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...
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...
Mazama: August 10, 2016

Mazama: August 10, 2016

By Mandi Donohue Dear friends, I am truly sorry to tell you that I misreported last week. Logan Ellis has not made 20,000 sandwiches for the Mazama Store this summer alone. Instead he has successfully made 20,000 sandwiches for the store over the past two summers collectively. (I also need to mention that Chef Eric of...
Mazama: Aug. 3, 2016

Mazama: Aug. 3, 2016

By Mandi Donohue Man, you hippies can dance. You know, you’re all very mature and responsible adults until Bill Pope throws a second annual garden party at the Mazama Country Inn. What a night. Laura Love and The Family Dog had the “grass floor” packed with young and old alike, dancers digging deep into soul and...
Mazama: July 27, 2016

Mazama: July 27, 2016

By Mandi Donohue I love my days off. I get to wake up covered in sunlight pouring through the windows, the shadow and light resting on the trees, piercing blue skies above them. It is so quiet in Lost River that we woke to the sounds of a squirrel, high up in a fir tree, dropping...
Mazama: July 13, 2016

Mazama: July 13, 2016

By Mandi Donohue Mazamazonians 7:5-9 tells the story of the great Fourth of July exodus of Seattleites from the fertile Methow Valley that flows with Lisa’s Chocolates and Highway 20 Honey. Those who stayed behind found favor with the Lord due to their wisdom. They arrived after most of the other interlopers had left, found peace...