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Twisp: September 9, 2015

Twisp: September 9, 2015

By Sally Gracie TV or not TV? As long as the power was on, our  smart phones, computers and televisions became indispensable sources of up-to-date, local fire news. I credit the Okanogan County Emergency Management page on Facebook for their frequent updates on evacuation levels and inciweb.org for details on fire growth or containment. When...
Twisp: September 2, 2015

Twisp: September 2, 2015

By Sally Gracie Neighborhood scene: A baby deer frolicked amid the flock of turkeys in Jensens’ field. “Play with me, please play with me,” she seemed to cry. As Mama Deer grazed and turkey mamas stood guard, the young turkeys seemed more interested in eating than in playing. My heart went out to the baby,...
Twisp: August 26, 2015

Twisp: August 26, 2015

By Sally Gracie Walking down Glover Street last Saturday with his faithful canine companion Yoplait, John Doran seemed as if he hadn’t a care in the world. I pulled over and rolled down the window to find out how he was doing. Walking D, the Doran ranch, survived the fire as it drove towards town....
Twisp: August 19, 2015

Twisp: August 19, 2015

By Sally Gracie I returned today (Aug. 17) from Nebraska, where I spent 10 days with my new grandson William Ayres Gracie, who was born on April 30, 2015, at Bryan East Medical Center in Lincoln. His mom and dad, Kate and David, are delighted to have his company. They waited three years for him...
Twisp: August 5, 2015

Twisp: August 5, 2015

By Sally Gracie Before I came in from the porch to write this column, I realized that not one bird was in the yard. Not one dove. Not a single robin. More surprising, no ambient bird song came from the trees. Perhaps the smoke affects their breathing, too. The town deer visited under cover of...
Twisp: June 29, 2015

Twisp: June 29, 2015

By Sally Gracie Buddy Thomas is the affable, always helpful guy with the white beard at Hank’s Harvest Foods in Twisp. Last week his letter to the editor thanked some people who have helped him as he rebuilds the home he lost to the Carlton Complex Fire. This Monday noon, I went up to see...
Twisp: July 22, 2015

Twisp: July 22, 2015

By Sally Gracie There’s always been discussion about the true authorship of To Kill a Mockingbird. Did Harper Lee write it or was her friend from Monroeville Alabama, Truman Capote, the author? The question of the novel’s origins has come up again with the publication of a “first” novel, recently “discovered” among the 89-year-old author’s...
Twisp: July 15, 2015

Twisp: July 15, 2015

By Sally Gracie Methow Valley News editor Don Nelson gave us suggestions for writing about last summer’s fires for this week’s anniversary issue. A fragrant bouquet of Bonnie Stephens’ flowers, purchased at the farmers market, helps reduce my anxiety as I recall “memories, thoughts, people — just general observations about how it felt and how it feels now.” As...
Twisp: July 8, 2015

Twisp: July 8, 2015

By Sally Gracie No nesting birds to watch, so I have settled instead on the yellow jacket trap. I filled it to the line with white grape juice the other day and hung it below the porch on a rusty, metal garden stake — appropriately topped with the figure of a bee. Though the trap has done...
Twisp: July 1, 2015

Twisp: July 1, 2015

By Sally Gracie The swallows have fledged. Some number of the fledglings — two, maybe three — are sharing Patrick Hannigan’s Nice Nest with their parents. As one bird after another enters through the birdhouse hole, I’m reminded of the phone booth-stuffing fad of the 1960s. How do they all fit? Wayne Mendro was roasted and toasted by friends...