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Lower Valley: July 15, 2015

Lower Valley: July 15, 2015

By Joanna Bastian When I think back to Thursday, July 17, 2014, I distinctly remember the scorching heat. It felt hotter than the temperature displayed on the thermometer, and every gust of wind was as though someone had opened an oven door. The hot wind delivered chunks of blackened, smoking ash — drifting into the grass and...
Lower Valley: July 8, 2015

Lower Valley: July 8, 2015

By Joanna Bastian   Sixknot Cider, an organic orchard and cidery in Carlton, was offering a free tasting at Glover Street Market last Saturday. Cold and refreshing, the hard cider had a light crispness and could possibly be, hands down, my new favorite hard cider. Sixknot Cider is a serious contender in the world of...
Lower Valley: June 24, 2015

Lower Valley: June 24, 2015

By Joanna Bastian June is a metamorphic month. The month when graduations and weddings take center stage. The ending of one life experience and the beginning of another. A time full of expectations and introspections. It is during these life events that the rest of the world stands ready to offer the gift of advice....
Lower Valley: June 10, 2015

Lower Valley: June 10, 2015

By Joanna Bastian Robert E. Koczewski of Gold Creek was laid to rest at the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., on April 23. Robert died eight months earlier during the height of the Carlton Complex Fires, when he suffered a heart attack on the morning of July 19, 2014. In the previous days, Robert...
Lower Valley: May 27, 2015

Lower Valley: May 27, 2015

By Joanna Bastian There are plenty of artsy photo ops in the lower valley. Call it a state of disrepair or “charmingly rustic,” metaphorical images viewed through a lens abound in the “MetLow.” Swaying in the breeze with a few jagged footboards clinging to rusty cables, the remains of two footbridges on both the south...
Lower Valley: May 20, 2015

Lower Valley: May 20, 2015

By Joanna Bastian The lower valley is quiet and unassuming. Quiet bends in the river flow past blossoming orchards, streams bubble and bounce through stands of aspens, wildflowers dot the shaded groves. The setting sun lights up fields of bunchgrass as ladybugs and bees dance in the iridescent glow. No one expects the lower valley,...
Lower Valley: April 22, 2015

Lower Valley: April 22, 2015

By Joanna Bastian Due to a recent, unexpected “slash and burn” event last July that shall not be named, spring cleaning is a bigger task this year than in previous years. Methowians are hard at work fixing irrigation lines and fences, clearing building sites, and replanting trees and bushes. On our property in the lower...
Lower Valley: April 8, 2015

Lower Valley: April 8, 2015

By Joanna Bastian Something is different about this week. It is the lack of school buses pausing along Highway 153 to let loose groups of young scholars each afternoon. Spring break is in full swing, and that means summer is just around the corner. If you happen to be on horseback, some incredible views of...
Lower Valley: March 25, 2015

Lower Valley: March 25, 2015

By Joanna Bastian It is not normal to see someone snorkeling in the Methow Valley in March. I have completed a fair amount of meticulous research on the subject and have formulated several strong theories on why snorkeling is not an early spring activity in the Methow Valley: • It is mud season. Underwater vision...
Lower Valley: March 11, 2015

Lower Valley: March 11, 2015

By Joanna Bastian I used to think that the ankle was rather a useless appendage when it came to the activity of writing. Actually — correction — I did not think that at all. I did not correlate a body part at the end of my leg to the activity principally performed by the phalanges above my wrist. Due...