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Twisp: October 15, 2014

Twisp: October 15, 2014

By Sally Gracie In the 15 years since I arrived in the Methow Valley, I’ve been privileged to meet — and sometimes write about —many intelligent and beautiful young women: artists and craftswomen, cooks and garden farmers; all are accomplished at their vocations.  Each, like Katie Russell, the woman I met today, has real passion for...
Twisp: October 8, 2014

Twisp: October 8, 2014

By Sally Gracie I was ready to take down the feeder above my back porch several weeks ago, but a hummingbird that loves the valley too much wouldn’t let me. She comes early morning and at dusk and has drunk half the jar of sugar water in the past two weeks. Flying away if I...
Twisp: October 1, 2014

Twisp: October 1, 2014

By Sally Gracie The party down the hill at Tom Doran and Sue Koptonak’s house on Saturday night sounded like so much fun — lots of music, laughter and applause — that I considered crashing it. I didn’t, but on Sunday afternoon, a bouquet of roses and a telephone message broke the ice, and I crossed the yard to...
Twisp: September 24, 2014

Twisp: September 24, 2014

By Sally Gracie The summer of 2014 wasn’t good for horseback riding in the Methow Valley. Finally, 10 weeks after the first fire blew up above Texas Creek, riders on horseback are exploring the areas of the big burns and assessing fire, wind and water damage to their favorite trails. And they are finding a...
Twisp: September 17, 2014

Twisp: September 17, 2014

By Sally Gracie This Monday afternoon, as I passed the two-mile marker up Texas Creek road, I began to see the first real signs of recovery from the two wildfires that burned there two months ago. Chad and Sheree Stoothoff’s house, perched high above the road to the right, is surrounded by greening land. From...
Twisp: September 10, 2014

Twisp: September 10, 2014

By Sally Gracie The parade of firefighting trucks that passed my front door twice daily has been replaced by pickups towing horse trailers and flatbed trailers carrying hay. For those of us who aren’t rebuilding houses or rehabilitating pasture, our lives have picked up where they might have been had there been no summer of...
Twisp: August 27, 2014

Twisp: August 27, 2014

By Sally Gracie Cheryl Wrangle and her two parakeets were rescued by firemen and police officers last Thursday (Aug. 22) sometime between 11 p.m. and midnight, after the storm. Cheryl’s rescue team led her over the deck and down a path into a gorge and to the highway.  Cheryl’s house sits on a ledge above...
Twisp: August 20, 2014

Twisp: August 20, 2014

By Sally Gracie While some of our friends deal with insurance companies, FEMA, the Red Cross and other agencies, those of us in Twisp proper are being lulled by the sense that the worst is over. The burnt-orange sunsets of last week have disappeared along with smoke on the valley floor. This Monday, the temperature...
Twisp: August 13, 2014

Twisp: August 13, 2014

By Sally Gracie Except for some unpleasant fire-related smog, the only great drama on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 10) was the final performance of William Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night at The Merc Playhouse. Local fires and a lack of electricity had mandated cancelling five of the 11 previously-scheduled performances. Director Ki Gottberg gathered her troupe of actors from both...
Twisp: August 6, 2014

Twisp: August 6, 2014

By Sally Gracie Alejandro and Christina Lopez kept their Twisp restaurant (on Highway 20 at Twisp Avenue) in operation while fire threatened the town and the lights were out for eight days. La Fonda Lopez was the only restaurant in town to stay open throughout except for that brief period Thursday evening, July 17, when...