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Mazama: September 9, 2015

Mazama: September 9, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Before getting to the Labor Day car count, there’s some local stuff other than all those vehicles. As most regulars here have observed, the salmon recovery operation by Weeman Bridge has come to a halt and all the equipment is gone. According to project foreman Darrin Flitton, it was declared a Level...
Mazama: September 2, 2015

Mazama: September 2, 2015

By Bob Spiwak It’s Monday, the last gasp of August, overcast and drizzly with occasional real rain, something badly needed. Fires are still burning, so hopefully this weather will persist, and while not enough to knock down the current fires, we are hoping the moisture will be adequate to eliminate any new blazes. With Washington...
Mazama: August 26, 2015

Mazama: August 26, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Monday morning: Smoke prevails in the air as it has for close to a week. The extent of obfuscation it creates is dependent on the winds, and today we can see mountains, albeit hazy, that at times were totally lost to view. There are varying reports about which of the many fires...
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...