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Mazama: August 19, 2015

Mazama: August 19, 2015

By Bob Spiwak The week past has been one to remember from ground to sky. Dominated by a spate of fires throughout the state, along with our Oregon and Idaho neighbors, the earlier warnings of a bad fire year have come true. This month fires from the Lake Chelan area brought smoke to the valley...
Mazama: August 12, 2015

Mazama: August 12, 2015

By Bob Spiwak My family and I have wandered through the Fender Mill property for 40 years, along with many friends. This all ended about a month ago with the construction of the salmon rehabilitation project on that property, also referred to as the Fender Mill project. Several people have expressed curiosity as to what...
Mazama: August 5, 2015

Mazama: August 5, 2015

By Bob Spiwak August is upon us and the smoke from the Wolverine Fire across Lake Chelan comes and goes in the upper Methow Valley with the prevailing winds. Farther south it is generally more persistent, and one friend reported ash falling in her yard in Twisp. One big question is whether it will jump...
Mazama: July 29, 2015

Mazama: July 29, 2015

By Bob Spiwak A sunny, breezy cool morning here in West Boesel. The possible rains that were predicted for the weekend were a bust, with just a couple of sprinkles. What has been going on for the past week here has been the regular bombarding of our environs: Squirrels dropping pinecones on the metal roof,...
Mazama: July 22, 2015

Mazama: July 22, 2015

By Bob Spiwak It has been a slow week here in the upper reaches of the valley. Much of the activity has been at the Rhythm & Blues Festival, or related to it because of the traffic that constantly came by en route to the concert. It began Wednesday afternoon and peaked probably late Thursday...
Mazama: July 15, 2015

Mazama: July 15, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Aug. 1, 2014 promised to be a busy day. The fires had been pretty much quelled, and the rains had not yet come to create their own devastation. I was on my way to the new Gamble Sands golf course near Brewster for a golf media event, a prelude to the course’s...
Mazama: July 8, 2015

Mazama: July 8, 2015

By Bob Spiwak For the first time in several weeks, the morning (July 6) was actually cool.  After several nights in a screened backpack tent, I slept in the house yesterday and, without any covers, was awakened by the cold. This morning’s chill may be the result of the smoke from any or all of...
Mazama: July 1, 2015

Mazama: July 1, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Monday morning was a special one: It was raining, and raining hard. This on the heels of an in-the-shade thermometer reading of 103 at one point Sunday afternoon. Sleeping was not too difficult with the fans going and the outside temperature down to a cooling 75 or so. This follows a fine...
Mazama: June 24, 2015

Mazama: June 24, 2015

By Bob Spiwak It’s a balmy, sunny Monday morning, a gentle breeze whispering through the pines, possibly bringing some rain showers later in the day. “After 2 p.m.,” reads the forecast. This is a departure from the usual forecasts from NOAA that have seemed to concentrate on the hours of 11 a.m. or 11 p.m....
Mazama: June 17, 2015

Mazama: June 17, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Sunday afternoon. There are puffy white clouds above and a warm breeze blowing. Nothing like the furnace we had the past week. We peaked at 100 degrees in the shade one day, and heard of higher temperature readings from elsewhere. The fruit fly invasion seems to have modified, at least here in...