Today is Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

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Winthrop: August 20, 2014

Winthrop: August 20, 2014

By Ashley Lodato And then came the rain. It was just a sprinkle at first, teasing us with warm drops that evaporated immediately upon contact with the parched earth. But later, after we rushed to close windows and bring in laundry off the line, we marveled at the sight of dusty cars washing clean in...
Winthrop: August 13, 2014

Winthrop: August 13, 2014

By Ashley Lodato When the Rising Eagle Road Fire broke out, Ken Bevis and Teri Pieper had only a few moments to collect their belongings and evacuate. They then left their house, not knowing what the outcome would be. Their neighbors across the valley, however, had a great view of the fire and took photos...
Winthrop: August 6, 2014

Winthrop: August 6, 2014

By Ashley Lodato I keep thinking that things are going to get back to normal and I will be able to resume writing funny kid anecdotes or describing various summer vacations that Winthrop residents have been taking. But I’ve now resigned myself to the fact that this summer is shaping up to be anything but...
Winthrop: July 30, 2014

Winthrop: July 30, 2014

  By Ashley Lodato Life is slowly returning to normal for many Methow Valley families, while others are still fully immersed in fire concerns, from worrying about homes and property to navigating insurance claims to wondering how they will start over. About 60 kids from the Methow Valley Killer Whales swim team resumed the swimming...
Winthrop: July 23, 2014

Winthrop: July 23, 2014

By Ashley Lodato There is, of course, nothing to write about other than the fires. The Fires. That a few unfortunately located lightning strikes could blaze so quickly into a raging inferno of the current proportions is still a source of amazement, but blaze they did and the lives of many in our valley are...
Winthrop: July 9, 2014

Winthrop: July 9, 2014

By Ashley Lodato Stella Scholz had a notable 9th birthday last week. After deciding that she wanted to give, rather than receive, and knowing that she had an upcoming trip to Seattle to see her grandmother, Stella bought four backpacks and filled them with socks, soap, shampoo and other useful items. In Seattle, as Stella’s...
Winthrop: July 2, 2014

Winthrop: July 2, 2014

By Ashley Lodato Saturday’s art dedication at the Twisp Ponds introduced the community to Steve Love’s piece titled simply “Twisp.” The bronze spiral of swarming wasps rests near a cluster of river rocks and cast aluminum Chinook salmon, illustrating the way that the stinging insects would crowd to feed on the carcasses of salmon during...
Winthrop: June 25, 2014

Winthrop: June 25, 2014

By Ashley Lodato Just when you think it’s a regular old Methow day, you glance out your Pine Forest kitchen window and see not a mule deer, but a moose! At least, that’s what happens if you’re Adam Fulton. Many of us live here for many years without catching a glimpse of the largest member...
Winthrop: June 25, 2014

Winthrop: June 25, 2014

By Ashley Lodato Just when you think it’s a regular old Methow day, you glance out your Pine Forest kitchen window and see not a mule deer, but a moose! At least, that’s what happens if you’re Adam Fulton. Many of us live here for many years without catching a glimpse of the largest member...
Winthrop: June 11, 2014

Winthrop: June 11, 2014

By Ashley Lodato Two of the neatest things I witnessed this past week happened at the Young Writers’ Conference (YWC) at Methow Valley Elementary School—an event that celebrates the art and craft of writing by engaging kids in writing workshops with authors, songwriters, journalists, bloggers, scientists and others who practice writing personally and/or professionally. First,...