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Winthrop: September 24, 2014

Winthrop: September 24, 2014

By Ashley Lodato With rain and cooler temperatures forecast to usher in the official start of autumn, people headed to the hills in droves over the weekend to get what may be (but what we hope won’t be) a final fix of the mountains before the first lasting snowfall. Sixth-grader Bodie Paul — who was less than...
Winthrop: September 17, 2014

Winthrop: September 17, 2014

By Ashley Lodato When all of your worldly possessions go up in flames, you get a more acute sense of their ephemeral nature and you sometimes lose track of what little you have left. In fact, sometimes you’re not even aware that you actually have everything you own with you. I became aware of this...
Winthrop: September 10, 2014

Winthrop: September 10, 2014

By Ashley Lodato “Oh, the farmer and the cowman should be friends,” sings Andrew Carnes  in the musical Oklahoma. And if Saturday night’s street dance in Winthrop was any indication, the agronomist and the stockman in the Methow Valley are getting along just fine. The cowboys were dancing with the farmers’ daughters and the farmers...
Winthrop: September 3, 2014

Winthrop: September 3, 2014

By Ashley Lodato The clear skies and cooler temperatures have been an invitation to hit the mountains lately and those Methow Valley residents who are able have been answering the call. Quite a few locals (as well as a great number of visitors) were spotted in the Stiletto Peak area over the weekend, now that...
Winthrop: August 27, 2014

Winthrop: August 27, 2014

By Ashley Lodato The sounds of summer: the rhythmic trill of peepers, coyotes’ haunting cries, the gurgle of the river, wind softly brushing pines. Add for summer 2014: thunder’s electric reverberation, the bang and zap of lighting, the wail of sirens, the chak-chak-chak of helicopters, the drone of water tankers, the mesmerizing muffled rumble of...
Winthrop: August 20, 2014

Winthrop: August 20, 2014

By Ashley Lodato And then came the rain. It was just a sprinkle at first, teasing us with warm drops that evaporated immediately upon contact with the parched earth. But later, after we rushed to close windows and bring in laundry off the line, we marveled at the sight of dusty cars washing clean in...
Winthrop: August 13, 2014

Winthrop: August 13, 2014

By Ashley Lodato When the Rising Eagle Road Fire broke out, Ken Bevis and Teri Pieper had only a few moments to collect their belongings and evacuate. They then left their house, not knowing what the outcome would be. Their neighbors across the valley, however, had a great view of the fire and took photos...
Winthrop: August 6, 2014

Winthrop: August 6, 2014

By Ashley Lodato I keep thinking that things are going to get back to normal and I will be able to resume writing funny kid anecdotes or describing various summer vacations that Winthrop residents have been taking. But I’ve now resigned myself to the fact that this summer is shaping up to be anything but...
Winthrop: July 30, 2014

Winthrop: July 30, 2014

  By Ashley Lodato Life is slowly returning to normal for many Methow Valley families, while others are still fully immersed in fire concerns, from worrying about homes and property to navigating insurance claims to wondering how they will start over. About 60 kids from the Methow Valley Killer Whales swim team resumed the swimming...
Winthrop: July 23, 2014

Winthrop: July 23, 2014

By Ashley Lodato There is, of course, nothing to write about other than the fires. The Fires. That a few unfortunately located lightning strikes could blaze so quickly into a raging inferno of the current proportions is still a source of amazement, but blaze they did and the lives of many in our valley are...