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Preserving the Salish language

Preserving the Salish language

The Miller family helped revive interest in their native tongue Editor’s note: For more than 13,000 years, Native Americans have lived along the waterways of the Pacific Northwest. Columbia River tribes share the names of waterways they call home: the Entiats, the Wenatchiis, the Chelans, the Lakes, the Okanagans and the Methows. Members of the...
Preserving age-old weaving traditions

Preserving age-old weaving traditions

The Miller family, descended from the original Methow tribe, is determined to keep the art of basket weaving alive Editor’s note: For more than 13,000 years, Native Americans have lived along the waterways of the Pacific Northwest. Columbia River tribes share the names of waterways they call home: the Entiats, the Wenatchiis, the Chelans, the...
Lower Valley: Dec. 23, 2015

Lower Valley: Dec. 23, 2015

By Joanna Bastian I sent out a thick batch of cards last week and, spoiler alert, I wrote “Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year” in each of them. Sorry if you were waiting to be surprised with something a little more creative, like, “Season’s Greetings from the Bastians.” If I were to...
500 generations in the Methow Valley

500 generations in the Methow Valley

At a recent community meeting in Pateros, neighbors introduced themselves by sharing how long their family had lived in the area. Mark Miller stood, announced his name and quietly sat down. The meeting coordinator reminded him to share …
Lower Valley: December 9, 2015

Lower Valley: December 9, 2015

By Joanna Bastian This week marks the 74th anniversary of the United States entering the Second World War. The Methow Valley felt the effects as gas, food and other materials were rationed. Men were drafted into service, women stepped into the work force, and children collected recyclables. Everyone felt the weight of the war. Seventy-two...
Lower Valley: Nov. 25, 2015

Lower Valley: Nov. 25, 2015

By Joanna Bastian Black Canyon Road south of Methow has a new canyon, compliments of last Tuesday’s rainstorm on Nov. 17. While the upper valley received over a foot and a half of snow, the lower valley received an equal amount of rain, if not more. One foot of snow generally equates to 1 inch...
Lower Valley: November 11, 2015

Lower Valley: November 11, 2015

By Joanna Bastian I had planned a column featuring all autumn quotes, such as this gem from Jack Kerouac: “Swinging on delicate hinges the autumn leaf almost off the stem.” But then it snowed. Writing about autumn suddenly felt passé, like pumpkin spice latte. Speaking of pumpkins — we roasted a pumpkin earlier this week and mashed...
Lower Valley: Oct. 28, 2015

Lower Valley: Oct. 28, 2015

By Joanna Bastian Larch trees blend in with other conifers most of the year, but when autumn arrives, they reveal their true colors. Deciduous needles change from dark green to brilliant yellow. The Golden Lakes Loop trails on Gold Creek are  — to continue a literary theme — pure gold. To get there, take Gold Creek Loop to...
Lower Valley: Oct. 14, 2015

Lower Valley: Oct. 14, 2015

By Joanna Bastian I was a vision of loveliness. White shirt, broad-brimmed taupe hat, blue swim trunks.  Paddling across a cold alpine lake, trees along the shoreline turning their leaves in the autumn sun. Black Pine Lake is lovely any time of year, but autumn is particularly magical. The water is crystal clear, and the...
Lower Valley: September 23, 2015

Lower Valley: September 23, 2015

By Joanna Bastian Enid Gobat Shaw has lived in the Methow Valley for 99 years. During Enid’s lifetime, women earned the right to vote, jazz joined the great migration north to Chicago, Martin Luther King Jr. marched for civil rights, a man walked on the moon, planet Pluto was discovered, Prohibition introduced the cocktail, polio...