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Posts tagged "Off the Wall"
Getting into outages with the right planning (and attitude)

Getting into outages with the right planning (and attitude)

By Bob Spiwak There were two power outages a couple of weeks ago. Fortunately, they were planned, and we were alerted well ahead of time as to their time and duration by the electric utilities (Okanogan County Public Utility District and Okanogan County Electric Cooperative). This was helpful and considerate, for when outages occur suddenly,...
A cautionary tale about getting lost in the Methow

A cautionary tale about getting lost in the Methow

By Bob Spiwak It was sometime in the mid-1980s, during hunting season. Darkness was upon us, along with a heavy rain. There was a knock on the door and I pulled the curtain aside to see a man and a dog. Both were dripping wet.  The man, who we’ll refer to as Victim, asked if...
History of the car count: driven to distraction by holiday traffic

History of the car count: driven to distraction by holiday traffic

By Bob Spiwak This month we will examine the semi-annual holiday car counts we have done for many years, and the advances made at the counting site in West Boesel, which now include a boost from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). The car (actually vehicle) count began as a lark. Bored one morning,...
Visible progress on Methow River salmon recovery project

Visible progress on Methow River salmon recovery project

By Bob Spiwak In a previous column we touched on the Yakama Nation’s salmon recovery project on the Methow River near the Weeman Bridge, and since the end of July things are moving apace. From a quarter-mile up the road from our West Boesel location, there is the daily concert of high-pitched beeps as various...
Do I have an obsession? You can count on it

Do I have an obsession? You can count on it

By Bob Spiwak It is not unusual for people from all walks of life, and rides of life as well, to ask me if I am doing a car count on Highway 20 during busy traffic weekends in the valley. The query seems to be coming up more often as the years go by. The...
Island hopping with my golf bag

Island hopping with my golf bag

By Bob Spiwak One of the perks of being a golf writer is travel, especially when it is on someone else’s dime. In that case, there is usually a quid pro quo (something for something) involved, so it is expected that nice things will be written about whoever is picking up the tab. In this...
Just a couple of fishing fools

Just a couple of fishing fools

By Bob Spiwak When Ms. Gloria and I moved here in 1981 our primary activity was going to yard sales and auctions. There we met lots of people, and after a few weekends encountered some of the same people we had met and gotten to know. However, after several months of buying or bidding on...
How the old Weeman Bridge ended its span life

How the old Weeman Bridge ended its span life

By Bob Spiwak It was John Hayes’ idea that we should have a gathering to commemorate the demise of the old Weeman Bridge one evening back in 1984. What you read here is a combination of my memories, my wife’s recollections and the Methow Valley News of Aug. 23 that year. Quoted sections and photo...
Lessons from one’s dotage: ‘it’ happens

Lessons from one’s dotage: ‘it’ happens

By Bob Spiwak This morning (Jan. 16), I got a letter in the mail from The Neptune Society.  I get very little mail other than email, so I was excited to open it. I guessed it had to do with assisted suicide. Ms. Gloria suggested it was to have my remains frozen. I scoffed at...
Memories of Nitchka: gentle, friendly and stubborn

Memories of Nitchka: gentle, friendly and stubborn

By Bob Spiwak For many years, through five owners of the Mazama Store, I have annually made a calendar for the employees. Almost all the calendars have had some relationship to the area, at times with a theme such as cows, horses, scenics and so forth. This year’s is entitled “Dogs of the Mazama Store,”...