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Methow: June 11, 2014

Methow: June 11, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian My healthiest beehive swarmed in the best possible way: on the back of the hive box while I happened to be in the garden. I expected this particular hive to swarm. The colony was growing rapidly and had grown a few peanut-shaped queen cells. For the last two weeks I regularly...
Methow: May 28, 2014

Methow: May 28, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian If you missed Sunday’s Methow Recycles metal drive, there is one more chance to clear out those piles of scrap metal and recycle it on June 7 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Cascade Concrete on Horizon Flats Road in Winthrop. This valuable fundraiser supports Methow Recycles programs that help the entire...
Methow: May 21, 2014

Methow: May 21, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian Some very special Carlton people selflessly spent Mother’s Day searching for an elderly family pet that had gone missing while her owners were vacationing in the Methow Valley. Molly, a 15-year-old German shepherd, was visiting the valley last week with her people, David and Denise Pollock from British Columbia. Just north...
Methow: April 23, 2014

Methow: April 23, 2014

Methow By Joanna Bastian The mud has finally departed, giving way to green tips of growth and first blossoms. True spring has finally arrived, the season that inspires poets to whisper an invocation such as “A Prayer in Spring” by Robert Frost: Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white, Like nothing else by day,...
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...