My inbox has been blown up with all kinds of questions, inquiries and requests for follow-ups on things that I have written about in the past. So, this column (which oddly coincides with a week without much Mazama news) will be a hodge-podge of answers to all of those pressing questions.
First, I was asked about a follow-up on author Shelley Smith-Jones and her book, “Petting Tigers.” Shelley received her second printing and she sent 12 of those books off to Billings, Montana, to compete in three categories in the High Plains Book Awards.
And how about more from Don Davidson’s raft trip through the Grand Canyon? Don and his rafting group, which included Ann Diamond and Jerry Laverty, spent 21 days on the river. They saw a bobcat and many bighorn sheep on their travel down the Colorado River, but not much else in the way of wildlife. They did, however, get to visit the archaeological ruins known as the Nankoweap Granaries. These granaries look like a row of windows cut into the sandstone overlooking the river. By taking a short hike from the beach, Don was able to view the place where ancestral Puebloans hauled and stored their grain nearly 1,000 years ago.
After reading my musings about a Methow Starter Pack a few weeks ago, my neighbor in the Lost River Airport Association (LRAA), Tom Leidholt, wanted me to mention that a Methow Starter Pack should include a Hunter Safety Course. There are many hunters in the valley and the safety course is integral to this way of life. He went on to say that even if a person never intends to hunt, it is just good knowledge to have in order to learn respect for the weapon and in the case that one might need to use one. If you are interested, contact Kenny Carwile. There is a post on the Methownet bulletin board with information.
Speaking of LRAA, an unprecedented number of people in the association have found themselves with frozen pipes this past week. Apparently frozen pipes are not only a Lost River problem this year, as I’ve heard of a few other areas being plagued with winter’s cruel trick. According to the Superhero of the Methow, Jerry Palm, when the temperatures repeatedly warm up and then plummet, we see more frozen pipes than normal. Many people living in LRAA have expressed gratitude to Toby Pennock and Walt Mauldin for their help in assessing the problems and fixing the issues where possible.
Finally, there have been a few people asking me what’s new with Kevin Petty. It has been a while since I have written about Kevin, but yes, he is still alive, still working at the Mazama Store and still living up in the upper reaches of Lost River. In fact, there are two pieces of news about Kevin that might be interesting to his groupies. Kevin and his partner, Shae, got a puppy! Their cute little addition is a Labrador retriever named Sue, and won’t be little for long. Next in Kevin Petty news, is that just a couple of weeks ago, Kevin made his first ever Amazon.com purchase. It is true. What did he buy? You’ll have to ask him next time you see him.