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Evel, Efren and me — an unexpected connection

Evel, Efren and me — an unexpected connection

By Bob Spiwak All this took place in, I believe, 1978 — two years after the Seattle Seahawks had become an expansion team in the National Football League. Among the big names such as Hall of Fame receiver Steve Largent and coach Jack Patera was a Mexican-born, 5-foot, 8-inch, 185-pound placekicker, Efren Herrera. The Seahawks were a...
Mazama: September 10, 2014

Mazama: September 10, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Not much happening in the Mazama environs this week. Now that Labor Day is past, the traffic has been heavier than we might have expected. The Mazama Store has an unbelievable number of vehicles parked even before it opens at 7 a.m. A year ago it was, until an hour or so...
Mazama: September 3, 2014

Mazama: September 3, 2014

By Bob Spiwak This Labor Day we did something different from any other year since the 1900s. We tabulated vehicular traffic through West Boesel (mileposts 185-186) an hour earlier, from 9 – 10 a.m., instead of the hour following as has been the custom. The count was down, as we shall illustrate. It seemed in years past...
Mazama: August 27, 2014

Mazama: August 27, 2014

By Bob Spiwak It’s been a couple of fall-like mornings lately — this morning’s low temperature report at the SLIME gathering was 45 degrees. To put that in perspective, it is a mere 13 degrees above freezing. As if to underscore the group’s somewhat unusual collection of storytellers, newsmakers and out-and-out liars, the most commentary about the...
Mazama: August 20, 2014

Mazama: August 20, 2014

By Bob Spiwak The hot days seem to be back, and most of the first cut of hay in this area has been cut. The stacks are growing taller along with the next crop of fodder, soon to be cut. Monday morning opened for us replete with unusual stuff. It began with the dog pointed...
Mazama: August 13, 2014

Mazama: August 13, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Here it is Monday morning (Aug. 11) and the sky is full of smoke. It seems to be bothering quite a few peoples’ breathing, but thus far while I have noticed no ill effects. A familiar refrain these days is something along the order of “I am so sick of the fire...
The diary of a fiery weekend

The diary of a fiery weekend

By Bob Spiwak Aug. 1 and 2 will be memorable days for many people, many reasons. A group of local pilots flying back from the annual fly-in at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in Dr. O’Keefe’s big Lockheed could not get any response on the open frequency and with no radio instructions had to land at the state...
Mazama: August 6, 2014

Mazama: August 6, 2014

By Bob Spiwak It has been a crazy week, the height of it beginning on Friday with the lightning, thunder and unbelievable winds. The coverage will be well documented elsewhere in the paper, and for this offering I will quote an email I got from a friend the following day. No names will be mentioned....
Mazama: July 30, 2014

Mazama: July 30, 2014

By Bob Spiwak It’s a sunny Monday, as July draws to a close. What has happened here in the upper valley over the past 31 days, from triple-digit temperatures to a portion of the biggest wildfire in the history of the state, is certainly memorable. Sad to report the death of Joan Grant yesterday at...
Mazama: July 23, 2014

Mazama: July 23, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Of all things, this is being written on a machine called a “typewriter.” It is like a computer. It is much harder to make corrections on. I am using this 54-year-old machine because of the biggest new story of the decade — the big fires have cut off our electricity and it may be...