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Methow: April 9, 2014

Methow: April 9, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian As a homeowner who lives on forested land, I am interested in learning how to take care of the surrounding forest. After all, we do regular maintenance on the house and the garden — what can we do to keep the forest healthy too? A Forest Stewardship Plan, created by a professional forester,...
Methow: March 26, 2014

Methow: March 26, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian It is official. The Carlton swimming hole is open. Oh, it is too cold, you say? There is snow still on the ground, you say? Pish posh! I had stopped off at the Carlton Store on Friday afternoon and heard the summertime sound of “yahoos” coming from the iconic lower valley...
Methow: March 12, 2014

Methow: March 12, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian Mark Turner, from the National Weather Service (NWS) in Spokane, is looking for a volunteer within five miles of Methow to provide daily weather observations. NWS provides, installs and maintains all the required equipment, working with the homeowner to find a workable space. All you need is an Internet connection and...
Methow: Feb. 26, 2014

Methow: Feb. 26, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian Sunlight streams through the glass of the floor-to-ceiling dock doors of Katie Haven’s workshop. Originally designed as a place for her to build her wooden ship, today the shop is a busy scene of washing tubs, drying stations, tumblers, and bags and bags of wool. The retired mariner and engineer pictured...
Methow: Feb. 12, 2014

Methow: Feb. 12, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian Wood shavings softly drift to the floor of Dale Burnison’s woodshop, just as snowflakes quietly fill the crevices of Murray Canyon in the upper reaches of the lower Methow Valley. For years, Dale sat in the pilot seat of hydroplane boats, some with jet engines and others with race car engines....
Methow: Jan. 15, 2014

Methow: Jan. 15, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian Here it is mid-January and I am still looking for creative ways to use up zucchini. We had agreed to only plant one zucchini plant in the garden this year, but somehow we ended up with five … none of them next to each other, so I’m wondering if the compost...
Methow: Jan. 8, 2014

Methow: Jan. 8, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian Finally, it is January. December feels like an endless onslaught of horrors, temptations and sensory overload. January is a breath of fresh air, a symbolic new chapter in life. Out with the old, in with the new. January spells the finish line of December’s endless gauntlet of calorie and cholesterol-laden foods...
Methow: Dec. 25, 2013

Methow: Dec. 25, 2013

By Joanna Bastian Each year, I like to highlight a wonderful group of quilters in Methow. Their beautiful creations brighten the days of residents at Harmony House in Brewster, Heritage Nursing Home in Chelan, newborns at Three Rivers Hospital, and continue to stretch across the globe to children in Ukraine, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Haiti, Myanmar...
Methow: Dec. 11, 2013

Methow: Dec. 11, 2013

By Joanna Bastian On a dark and cold evening last Thursday (Dec. 5), a handful of lower valley residents gathered at the Methow Community Club and met with the executive director of the Methow Conservancy, Jason Paulsen, and Associate Director Sarah Brooks. The Methow Conservancy held several focus groups throughout the Methow Valley last week,...
Methow: Nov. 27, 2013

Methow: Nov. 27, 2013

By Joanna Bastian Do you watch the Weather Channel for fun? Do your conversations begin with, “this weather reminds me of that warm spell in ’74, right before the ducks froze in place along the river as they landed?” Do you note the daily temperature and significant changes between seasons? Do you file the information...