Info for landowners

The Okanogan Conservation District is taking information from landowners whose natural resources and agricultural infrastructure have been damaged by the Carlton Complex wildfires. Filling out a Restoration Needs Form will help the district demonstrate to potential funders what kind of assistance is needed to help private landowners recover from this disaster.

Landowners can contact the district by email at or by calling (509) 422-0855 ext. 100.


Helping kids with stress

Lisa Spitzmiller, a licensed mental health counselor, is offering free short-term support groups to help youngsters aged 6 – 12 to cope with stresses related to the recent wildfires. The sessions will be from 9 – 11 a.m. on Thursday (Aug. 14), Aug. 19 and Aug. 21, at her Winthrop office. Parents should plan to come to the first meeting with their children. Call Spitzmiller at (509) 341-4542; a brief telephone conversation will be required for participation.


Firewise workshop on Saturday

The Okanogan Conservation District is offering a free Firewise workshop on Saturday (Aug. 16) from 3 – 5 p.m. at the heli-barn near the Freestone Inn in Mazama. The workshop is provided in partnership with Washington Department of Natural Resources and Okanogan County. Presenters will discuss ways to prepare one’s home and property for wildfire, and how to react when a wildfire is in the area. Presenters will also evaluate homes in the Wilson Ranch community so that attendees can see firsthand the potential risks and solutions. Due to limited seating, the workshop is capped at 40 people. Email or call
(509) 422-0855 ext. 100 to pre-register.


Pancakes at the Grange

Twisp Valley Grange is putting on a pancake breakfast with all the trimmings on Saturday (Aug. 16) from 8 – 11 a.m. Cost is $7.50, $3 for ages 5 – 10, and free for those under 5. For more information, call 997-9357.


Benefit buffet at Twisp River Suites next Tuesday

A benefit buffet dinner to support fire victims will be hosted Tuesday (Aug. 19) by Twisp River Suites. The minimum donation is $25; donations can be specifically designated for The Cove, Room One, or Aero Methow Rescue Service. The event will also include music and will be from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. For reservations and more information, call 997-0100.


Summer Festival in Tonasket

The Tonasket Summer Festival — formerly known as the Garlic Festival — will be on Aug. 22 and 23 at History Park, featuring music, entertainment, kids’ activities, farm-fresh produce and other enticements. The free event, organized by the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket, will be open from noon – 7p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, visit


Check those gauges

Canner gauges can be checked for safety every Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the WSU Okanogan County Extension Office in the county courthouse in Omak. A $5 donation is suggested. For more information, call (509) 422-7245.