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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...
Mazama: November 11, 2015

Mazama: November 11, 2015

By Bob Spiwak The community has been saddened by the death last week of Bob Sitts after a fall that sent him to Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster, where he succumbed. Bob and his wife, Mary Ann, an incredible artist, moved to the upper valley in the 1970s and had a ranch favoring their mules...
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...
Mazama: Nov. 4, 2015

Mazama: Nov. 4, 2015

By Bob Spiwak The morning fog has lifted and the sun is shining. The weather was the big news in the Mazama environs, if not the valley, in the upper portion for certain. After many long and dry months, the rains came with a vengeance and for three days they fell, sometimes gentle with spasms...
Mazama: Oct. 28, 2015

Mazama: Oct. 28, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Monday morning, and there has been lots of weather turmoil over the past few hours. It rained, and while driving to Mazama there was fog that ranged from super-dense to one totally clear stretch at the Mazama Community Church. Pastor Picklesimer must have a good connection to the Above, because shortly thereafter...
Mazama: Oct. 21, 2015

Mazama: Oct. 21, 2015

By Bob Spiwak Monday morning. It has been hard to see the morning for the fog. On the coast, we used to measure fogs in terms of utility poles that were in sight on our side of the road. This morning was a rarity because in places there are one-pole stretches, and from here to...
Mazama: October 7, 2015

Mazama: October 7, 2015

By Bob Spiwak It was 35 degrees here at wake-up time on Monday and the car was covered with dew after being heated all yesterday with a summer sun. We are close to reaching the peak of autumn color on the trees, ordinarily about mid-October down here. At Washington Pass, the alders and other trees...
Mazama: Sept. 30, 2015

Mazama: Sept. 30, 2015

By Bob Spiwak It’s been an interesting week, underscored by unusually cool nights. We had our lowest temperature last night, Sunday, when the thermometer dipped to 32 at wake-up time. Whether this has anything to do with the lunar eclipse is questionable, but at this point it seems certain that the world is not going...