You can listen, too
A thank you to the Methow Valley News for publishing the lyrics to “Under a Red Sun” in last week’s Trial by Fire insert. Since it is a song, the intended impression comes from hearing the music also. There is a video of myself playing “Under a Red Sun” at methowvalley.org.
Buddy Thomas, Twisp
Terrifying and heartbreaking
My family and I have been coming to the Methow Valley for 25 years and have a home near Mazama we frequent about every three weeks. In the upper valley we have had some close calls from fire and I have packed for evacuation several times. When this summer’s fires broke out, my adult kids were here and giving me regular updates — and they were frightened.
The fire never became a direct threat for us but the devastation to our valley broke my heart. I cried a lot and worried about our valley folks, the animals and, when I saw it, the utter destruction I saw started all those tears again. Homes I have seen for many years were burned to the ground. Homes nearby were totally spared. I cried for weeks after the Thirtymile Fire; but the sheer size of this was even more terrifying.
I know that in the long run fire is not a bad thing, but when people you have come to know and love suffer so horribly it is hard to see the bigger picture. Your wonderful coverage of this event is important and will be forever kept right along with all of our numerous picture albums. If I ever have to pack for evacuation again, I will pack it along with other things I would hate to lose. Thank you, and may this year bring renewed hope and healing.
Susan Hahn, Mazama and Yakima
Thanks to snowmobilers
A special thanks to the Methow Valley Snowmobile Association for the fantastic Christmas dinner celebration and their warm hospitality.
L. Simpson, Twisp