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Methow
Lower Valley: July 13, 2016

Lower Valley: July 13, 2016

By Joanna Bastian At the two recent talks I gave, “The Complete and Entire History of the Methow, the Abridged Version,” I had meant to share the titles of the books I had gleaned for information, but forgot to do so at not one but both talks! Side note: Thank you to everyone who came...
Lower Valley: June 29, 2016

Lower Valley: June 29, 2016

By Joanna Bastian Shortly before noon on Saturday (June 25), a long cedar dugout canoe floated down the Methow River to the confluence and then turned up the Columbia River. The team of six rowed the craft to shore to kick off the third annual Salmon Bake and Cultural Celebration fundraiser for the Community Resource...
Lower Valley: June 15, 2016

Lower Valley: June 15, 2016

By Joanna Bastian In October 1886, Tom Robinson and his brother Jim first met Narcisse, a Methow Indian who lived below the stony bluffs at the mouth of the Methow River. Narcisse and his friends, seeing Tom’s blonde hair and blue eyes, nicknamed him “Hyas Pretty.” Narcisse saddled up horses for the two men and...
Lower Valley: May 25, 2016

Lower Valley: May 25, 2016

By Joanna Bastian Ever wonder how the Methow Valley was formed? I am constantly in awe of the beauty of this valley, how the shifting light of morning illuminates the variance in topography, how a rainstorm in the distance cuts a path through a maze of hills and valleys before crashing into the rocky crags...
Lower Valley: May 11, 2016

Lower Valley: May 11, 2016

By Joanna Bastian Due to a series of unfortunate events I did not have any bees last year. Long story short: 2014 gave us all a complex, stressing the bees going into winter of 2015, which they did not survive. Ankle reconstruction left me dubious about handling bee boxes while hopping around on one leg....
Lower Valley: April 27, 2016

Lower Valley: April 27, 2016

By Joanna Bastian It is a dangerous trip down river with the spring runoff at peak flow this week. The drive itself is dangerous. I’ve pulled over several times to safely observe the flow without drifting into oncoming traffic. I don’t know why I look. The sight fills me with terrible awe. My stomach churns...
Lower Valley: April 13, 2016

Lower Valley: April 13, 2016

By Joanna Bastian It was a dark and stormy night. In truth it was a starlit, clear and cold night, but any good mystery starts off with ominous storm clouds and mysterious footprints. A group of adventurous Methowites were enjoying a spring skiing trip in a remote area of the Sawtooths when they came across...
Lower Valley: March 23, 2016

Lower Valley: March 23, 2016

By Joanna Bastian Randy Lewis made an important discovery in the art world last month when Linda Melvin delivered five watercolor paintings to his art shop in Seattle: two landscapes and three still-life watercolors of ceramic plates. The early 20th century paintings and the artist, E. Wells, were unknown in the art world. Linda had...
Lower Valley: March 9, 2016

Lower Valley: March 9, 2016

By Joanna Bastian A receding snowpack forms small rivulets by the porch steps before trickling down the walkway into puddles to become small ponds that burst their pothole dams in a rush to the creek that rolls into the river and onward to the sea. In the morning I linger on the porch and listen...
Lower Valley: Feb. 24, 2016

Lower Valley: Feb. 24, 2016

By Joanna Bastian Melissa Kendrick, one of Carlton’s permanent artists-in-residence, studied at the Art Institute of Seattle and ran her studio, ProletariArt, Art for Commoners, in a Seattle neighborhood. The studio was named out of Melissa’s deep conviction that art should be accessible to everyone, regardless of income or ability. In her Seattle studio, Melissa...