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Monitoring the Labor Day migration on Highway 20

Monitoring the Labor Day migration on Highway 20

By Bob Spiwak Time for the semi-annual count of vehicles coming into and leaving the upper valley on a busy holiday weekend. We hired Ms. Gloria to make a special count of motorcycles, east- and westbound, because of rising concern about their safety on state roads, notably Highway 20, the North Cascades Highway. Here, 7...
Mazama: June 29, 2016

Mazama: June 29, 2016

By Mandi Donohue Live from Lost River, it’s your new Mazama War Correspondent! Please join me in welcoming myself to the Methow Valley News. I’m blushing. You’re too kind. In my first act of hard-hitting journalism, I am here to report that the rumors are true — Don actually offered me the job on my wedding day. I...
Heavy Memorial Day traffic?  You can count on it

Heavy Memorial Day traffic? You can count on it

By Bob Spiwak Well, today’s car count came within a whisker of tying the old Memorial Day record, as we remember it. The written record is missing but the number was 385 westbound vehicles, as we recall. Today, May 30, it was 379. The eastbound count was 91, between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Last year...
Snake oil

Snake oil

By Bob Spiwak Saturday afternoon. I was in my workshop banging away, metal on metal, when in a pause I hear Ms. Gloria calling to me. I could not discern what she was wanting so I opened the door and politely yelled “what?” She responded again and I advised her that I could not make...
Keeping track of traffic when it really counts

Keeping track of traffic when it really counts

By Bob Spiwak April 22, 2016 — a day on which Methow merchants sighed in relief when the North Cascades Highway opened after its annual winter closure. I had forgotten about it that morning and was digging a trench for resurrection of our clothesline pole after its winter burial. As I dug into the rocky...
In like a liar, out like a scam: A caution for grandparents

In like a liar, out like a scam: A caution for grandparents

By Bob Spiwak March 29, 2016. The warmest day of the year so far, a day for outside labor.  The crocuses have emerged from the snow and all morning I have been clearing ice and snow. It’s just after noon, my wife is at the library and I am in a deep-sleep nap. The telephone...
How a snowstorm assured my residence in the Methow Valley

How a snowstorm assured my residence in the Methow Valley

By Bob Spiwak Until sometime in 1968 I had never heard of Winthrop. Then a good friend told me that he and his dad had bought 20 acres west of town and would I like to drive out and look at it. We did, and I fell in love with the area. His acreage was...
My real life, fictionalized, is revisited more than 60 years later

My real life, fictionalized, is revisited more than 60 years later

By Bob Spiwak When I got off the train at Havre, Montana, the thermometer read 54 below zero. This was in February 1953, and I was headed for a U.S. Air Force radar and control station 43 miles north of Havre on the Canadian border. It was ironic that the night of my arrival marked...
Mazama: Feb. 24, 2016

Mazama: Feb. 24, 2016

By Bob Spiwak I finally had my turn slipping on the ice, landing simultaneously on my butt and head. My first thought was about the National Football League and the concussion protocols now in use. The last thing I need is more adverse goings-on in the brain, because it is getting less useable as I...
Mazama: Feb. 17, 2016

Mazama: Feb. 17, 2016

By Bob Spiwak It is a rainy, foggy, gloomy Monday morning. What were infrequent spells of rain have become a steady flow. The parking area here is becoming puddle-ized, and here and there where it has been plowed bare earth is beginning to show. Can this be the end of winter? I don’t think so — more...