We finally had a week of badly needed rain. Last Monday it poured down, beginning in the afternoon and evening, complete with thunder and lightning, at least in West Boesel. The remainder of the week produced spotty rainfalls. We’ve no idea what came down where in inches, but hey, rain is rain and it’s been a long dry time since we saw mud. The flowers have burgeoned and we are in the purple stage with iris, lupine, violets and bleeding hearts all coming out at once, like kids when the ice cream wagon comes down the street.
Also emerging were the military jets most of the week, at times visible as they flew faster than their roar, which resonated off the mountains.
Watching them one day were an apparent couple wheeling above Grizzly Mountain, which turned out to be eagles or turkey buzzards also making their spring debut.
I spoke with a Mr. Johnson, who works for the fish habitat restoration program in progress across the road a quarter mile from here. We were discussing the huge pile of logs stacked just upstream of the ex-Lindbloom place, the red house. Until this past weekend there was a huge backhoe, probably there to unload and pile the trees from their trucks. It was out of sight this morning. The immersion of the woodpile, Johnson said, probably would not begin in this phase at this place until July. Nothing definitive, but it has to do with the runoff and the salmon run, as I understand it.
And speaking of runoff, the snow/water content at Harts is at 74 percent of average and the snow depth down to 40 inches as of this morning (July 18).
Midge Cross asks that we pass along her plaudits for the volunteer crews that labored several days cleaning and beautifying the community club grounds in preparation for this Saturday’s (May 23) pancake breakfast and flea market. A week ago there were so many pinecones it was hard to see the grass, which, after they were cleaned out, has been mowed. It looks real good for the outdoor market.
The parking lot adjacent to the community club has seen a lot of activity lately, prompting a note from Bill Pope to have a sit-down and discuss not only the parking lot, but also the entire project.
Pope and Art Gresch worked with Centurylink and the Okangoan County Electric Cooperative last year to remove all but one utility pole at the Mazama junction and bury the lines under the road. According to one unnamed telephone person, when the little phone building is removed, as it is destined to be, people who subscribe to high-speed internet and do not currently get it will finally have it. The building will be smaller and east of the community hall.
But before the building can be moved, here’s what and who are involved: The Mazama Community Club, Okanogan County, the electric co-op, the Mazama Advisory Committee, Bill Pope, Steve Devin, Methow Trails, Centurylink, landscaper(s), and probably more. Some buildings will be moved, and the corral will become smaller. The parking area will double in size once the infrastructure of three privately owned lots is completed. It will not be paved, in order to allow moisture to percolate. The lot will be managed by Methow Trails.
There are three new buildings to be erected, with commercial space on the bottom and residences on the second story.
That is what is going on at the corner. I’m hoping for Trader Joe’s and a Chinese restaurant.