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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...
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...
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...
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...
Lower Valley: September 9, 2015

Lower Valley: September 9, 2015

By Joanna Bastian If you have recently journeyed to the Met-Low, you may have noticed something lower than usual in the lower valley: Lake Pateros. Defined as the area behind Wells Dam, Lake Pateros stretches all the way to Chief Joseph Dam and extends one mile up the Methow Valley, at the mouth of the...