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How a couple of longhorns gave us short shrift

How a couple of longhorns gave us short shrift

By Bob Spiwak Across from Kelly’s at Wesola Polana restaurant on Highway 20 is Kumm Road. It was named for Roy Kumm, now long departed to that big cattle drive in the sky. Roy was a fine older gent who among other talents was an artificial inseminator of cattle.  How we came to require his...
Mazama: Oct. 29, 2014

Mazama: Oct. 29, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Well, winter is creeping up on us bit by bit. Our low last night (Oct. 26) was 31 degrees, after temperatures were ranging in the 50s at bedtime most of the month. The foliage on the various trees — cottonwood, birch, willow, aspen — has peaked, and the leaves are laying a dense cover on the...
Mazama: October 22, 2014

Mazama: October 22, 2014

By Bob Spiwak The rains have finally arrived, the trees are losing their leaves and soon wintry weather will be upon us. We heard there was a bit of snow at Harts Pass early last week, but none currently. If you have a dog, my wife came up with an idea, maybe not original, as...
Mazama: October 15, 2014

Mazama: October 15, 2014

By Bob Spiwak It’s Monday (Oct. 13), and so far this morning a generally cloudy day. The trees are coloring up and down the valley. As usual, the farther west and higher up one goes, the more spectacular the view becomes. This year, with our mostly windy days and nights, a lot of the leaves...
Mazama: October 8, 2014

Mazama: October 8, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Bob Cram, his daughter Robin Hall, her husband, Tim, and brother Doug were all in residence at the family manse last week. Bob had called a few days earlier urging Rick LeDuc and me to take him golfing at the new Gamble Sands course outside Brewster — “before I am gone,” he laughed. Bob...
The one-day diary of a potential juror

The one-day diary of a potential juror

By Bob Spiwak Up at 6 a.m., on the Loup highway an hour later, early in September. Sun blazing through the windshield; even vertical and horizontal shades could not keep the brilliance from obstructing views on the road to Okanogan most of the time. My instructions for jury duty were to be at the courthouse...
Mazama: October 1, 2014

Mazama: October 1, 2014

By Bob Spiwak It’s been an interesting week, especially weather-wise. Last Thursday (Sept. 25) was in the middle of days of rain and cloudiness, and while I was driving to Twisp before mid-day, there was a stream of vehicles headed west, their wipers swiping the windshields. All the way to Twisp I conjured the cars’...
Mazama: September 24, 2014

Mazama: September 24, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Tim and Nancy Wezeman were riding their horses out in the West Boesel-Dripping Springs (Big Valley) area when they were aware of two pairs of large, dark ears ahead of them in the woods. On closer inspection they saw that the ears belonged to a couple of moose. Actually, they determined that...
Mazama: September 17, 2014

Mazama: September 17, 2014

By Bob Spiwak Even with the warmer days in the 80s, the nights have been, for a week now, just plain cold. We had a low of 31 degrees last week and today, Monday, it was 37. The trees are beginning to turn, a few leaves are falling and the bears are sampling garbage cans....
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...