Flood waters, road closures fail to dampen Cutthroat Classic

Flood waters, road closures fail to dampen Cutthroat Classic

By Mike Maltais
The 15th annual Cutthroat Classic trail run attracted over 300 participants to the North Cascades Rainy Pass starting line last Saturday despite road closures on portions of Highways 20 and 153 caused by recent post-wildfire flooding. Of the 301 who actually turned out for the run,...
New faces and places at the Methow Valley Community School

New faces and places at the Methow Valley Community School

By Marcy Stamper 
The Methow Valley Community School is launching its new school year in a new (and once and former) location, in the Methow Valley Community Center in Twisp, and is welcoming an entirely new staff. School starts Sept. 9. Executive Director Crystal Bacon, who...
Floods, slides cut swath of damage after torrential storm

Floods, slides cut swath of damage after torrential storm

By Ann McCreary and Marcy Stamper

The potential for flooding, mudslides and erosion was predicted in the aftermath of the enormous wildfire that swept through the Methow Valley last month, searing more than 250,000 acres and leaving blackened hillsides bare of vegetation. In her latest assault on the valley,...

Fires and floods: a natural progression

Fires and floods: a natural progression

By Ann McCreary and Marcy Stamper
Changes in soil from the intense heat of fire, along with a treacherous mix of ash and water, create a heightened risk of floods and mudslides in fire-damaged areas. When fires move across the surface of the ground, burning grasses and plants, the...
Winthrop mourns death of Town Council member Mort Banasky 

Winthrop mourns death of Town Council member Mort Banasky 

By Don Nelson

Mort Banasky, a Winthrop Town Council member and former mayor who devoted much of her 30 years in the Methow Valley to civic service, died at her home last week. She was 73. Banasky was also a long-time fire tower lookout for the U.S. Forest...

Wenner Lake dams fail in heavy storm

Wenner Lake dams fail in heavy storm

By Marcy Stamper

Heavy rains appear to have contributed to the failure of three Wenner Lake dams, adding to the volume of water that turned the normally modest Benson Creek into a torrent Thursday night (Aug. 21). Wenner Lakes are a series of five ponds used for irrigation...

Community pitches in to help owners of slide-damaged home

Community pitches in to help owners of slide-damaged home

By Don Nelson When they heard, they came. Several dozen friends and neighbors who responded to word-of-mouth networking swarmed through and around the home of Bob Elk and Janie Lewis on Friday afternoon (Aug. 22) to haul away belongings and shove thick, slimy mud out the back door one shovelful...