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Mazama: Jan. 27, 2016

Mazama: Jan. 27, 2016

By Bob Spiwak The absence of this column last week was noted by several people, and I apologize to those who suffer through it regularly. It was a time of snow plowing, shoveling, bad back and little travel. Even the regular Harts Pass blurb had to be forestalled. To that end we can report that...
Mazama: Jan. 13, 2015

Mazama: Jan. 13, 2015

By Bob Spiwak It is a grim and cloudy day this Monday. We were getting spoiled over the past week and temperatures rose into the low 40s at some points. Roofs with ice and snow, some of these winter coats dating back to Thanksgiving, came sliding down at times in small hunks. This past weekend...
Mazama: Jan. 6, 2016

Mazama: Jan. 6, 2016

By Bob Spiwak It’s about 8 a.m. Monday. The snow is still falling — listless powder. It began about 12 hours ago with an angry barrage of huge fluttery flakes and unless it quit for a while during sleepy time, the fall has not let up and about 4 inches or so have accumulated. Temperature is at...
Shades of yesteryear: change is the only constant

Shades of yesteryear: change is the only constant

By Bob Spiwak The snow is still falling and I am stalling when I should be mounting the tractor and pushing the snow around. Ms. Gloria is writing a letter to an old friend, Gretchen Gibford, who lives in Millwood, near Spokane. Both women were active in what was then The Methow Valley Artisans, a...
Mazama: Dec. 30, 2015

Mazama: Dec. 30, 2015

By Bob Spiwak The new year is just about here. We spent Sunday morning as usual watching “Sunday Morning” on CBS. Yearly, host Charles Osgood has a section for the final show of the year titled “Hail and Farewell,” commentary about famous people who died during the past year. Some were familiar to Ms. Gloria...
Mazama: Dec. 23, 2015

Mazama: Dec. 23, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Wow! Zowie! It looks like we might have a white Christmas this year. This is mentioned because amidst the gab of the several weather reports we see on the tube, the snow factor enters into every conversation (between commercials for removing fat, hiring a lawyer or buying a skillet) that occurs as...
Mazama: December 9, 2015

Mazama: December 9, 2015

By Bob Spiwak It’s Monday, Dec. 7 — a day, said President Franklin Roosevelt, that will live in infamy. This of course in reference to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. I remember that day for a variety of reasons, primarily because it gave the United States a legitimate reason to declare war...
Mazama: Dec. 2, 2015

Mazama: Dec. 2, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Saturday morning at 8 a.m. had the temperature in Mazama at 3 below zero. It was cold enough that there were no inhabitants on the heater-equipped deck but the dog and me, and that for only a brief interlude before fleeing back to the heated car. Nonetheless, in less-frigid weather, even at...
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,...
Mazama: November 18, 2015

Mazama: November 18, 2015

By Bob Spiwak First, the sad news. In the span of about two weeks, we lost four local people. Bob Sitts, Jerry Sparling, Joan Lasse and Dick Brown passed away. We knew them all. Dick Brown was for many years a golf buddy, and while regulars at Bear Creek, we also played all the local...