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Lower Valley: April 27, 2016

Lower Valley: April 27, 2016

By Joanna Bastian It is a dangerous trip down river with the spring runoff at peak flow this week. The drive itself is dangerous. I’ve pulled over several times to safely observe the flow without drifting into oncoming traffic. I don’t know why I look. The sight fills me with terrible awe. My stomach churns...
Lower Valley: April 13, 2016

Lower Valley: April 13, 2016

By Joanna Bastian It was a dark and stormy night. In truth it was a starlit, clear and cold night, but any good mystery starts off with ominous storm clouds and mysterious footprints. A group of adventurous Methowites were enjoying a spring skiing trip in a remote area of the Sawtooths when they came across...
Lower Valley: March 23, 2016

Lower Valley: March 23, 2016

By Joanna Bastian Randy Lewis made an important discovery in the art world last month when Linda Melvin delivered five watercolor paintings to his art shop in Seattle: two landscapes and three still-life watercolors of ceramic plates. The early 20th century paintings and the artist, E. Wells, were unknown in the art world. Linda had...
Lower Valley: March 9, 2016

Lower Valley: March 9, 2016

By Joanna Bastian A receding snowpack forms small rivulets by the porch steps before trickling down the walkway into puddles to become small ponds that burst their pothole dams in a rush to the creek that rolls into the river and onward to the sea. In the morning I linger on the porch and listen...
Lower Valley: Feb. 24, 2016

Lower Valley: Feb. 24, 2016

By Joanna Bastian Melissa Kendrick, one of Carlton’s permanent artists-in-residence, studied at the Art Institute of Seattle and ran her studio, ProletariArt, Art for Commoners, in a Seattle neighborhood. The studio was named out of Melissa’s deep conviction that art should be accessible to everyone, regardless of income or ability. In her Seattle studio, Melissa...
Lower Valley: Feb. 10, 2016

Lower Valley: Feb. 10, 2016

By Joanna Bastian Just about everyone in the Methow Valley might be living on a piece of history. On Libby Creek, Wendy and Bill Snook live in a red cabin, next to a pair of quiet ponds and a bubbling creek. Being the curious type, Wendy searched out the story of their homestead through interviews...
Lower Valley: Jan. 27, 2016

Lower Valley: Jan. 27, 2016

By Joanna Bastian I attended Lynette Westendorf’s annual birthday concert, “A Whimsical Retrospective of My Life in Music.” It was a gift to hear her musical journey, beginning with early piano recitals, shenanigans on the organ bench in church services, road trips with the band, and all the life experiences that continue to inspire her...
Preserving the legacy of land

Preserving the legacy of land

Miller family members are the last Methow tribe descendants to live on a Moses Allotment 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...
Lower Valley: Jan. 13, 2015

Lower Valley: Jan. 13, 2015

By Joanna Bastian It is time once again for the Pacific Northwest’s most distinguished winter event: the Conconully Outhouse Races. Athletes representing Carlton’s finest have laid plans for a stunning comeback in 2016. If pushing outhouses and crafting witty puns are your forte, the Carlton team wants you! Meet at the Carlton Store this Saturday...
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...