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Legal Notices — August 27, 2014

NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS. Trout Unlimited-Washington Water Project is proposing to construct a project on the Methow Valley Irrigation District Canal near Twisp, WA: Piping 23,590 l.f. of existing open canal between Twisp and Beaver Creek, with a steel temporary intake structure at the upper end. Tree removal within the 50 foot canal easement width will...
Upper Falls, Little Bridge Creek and Carlton Complex (Aug. 27)

Upper Falls, Little Bridge Creek and Carlton Complex (Aug. 27)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014  TWISP, WA:  High pressure in the area continues a warming and drying trend. Above normal temperatures expected through Thursday. Smoldering in the heavy dead and down fuels is still a possibility as things dry out in all three burn areas. Crews continue to backhaul excess equipment and complete suppression repair work....
Upper Falls, Little Bridge Creek and Carlton Complex Fire update (Aug. 26)

Upper Falls, Little Bridge Creek and Carlton Complex Fire update (Aug. 26)

Fire Update Upper Falls, Little Bridge Creek, and Carlton Complex  Information:  509-997-0880 Tuesday, August 26, 2014  TWISP, WA:  A high pressure building over all three fires will continue to result in a gradual warming and drying trend. This is expected to last until the end of the week. High winds are predicted for Thursday and Friday over...
Upper Falls, Little Bridge Creek and Carlton Complex Fire update (Aug. 25)

Upper Falls, Little Bridge Creek and Carlton Complex Fire update (Aug. 25)

Monday, August 25, 2014  TWISP, WA:  Today, a Type 3 Team led by Incident Commander Aaron Thompson took over all three fires from Beth Lund’s Type 1 National Incident Team. IC Thompson will oversee all crews still assigned to the incident. Suppression repair work will continue on all three fire burn areas. Partly cloudy skies...
Carlton Complex/Upper Falls/Little Bridge Complex fire update (Aug. 23, 2014)

Carlton Complex/Upper Falls/Little Bridge Complex fire update (Aug. 23, 2014)

Saturday, August 23, 2014   TWISP, WA:  Scattered showers and thunderstorms were predicted through Friday evening with the potential for additional flash flooding. Luckily, storms skirted around the locations of the fires and fire camp, giving personnel time to regroup and focus on mop up operations, suppression repair work and cleaning up fire camp. Saturday...
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 at a time. Volunteers toted...
State grant to promote tourism in county, valley

State grant to promote tourism in county, valley

By Don Nelson
The Methow Valley and Okanogan County will get some help from the state to promote the region’s beleaguered tourism industry, in the wake of devastating wildfires that discouraged untold potential visitors over the past several weeks. Gov. Jay Inslee announced Friday (Aug. 15) that he has approved a request from …...
State to appeal FEMA’s denial of help for individuals with fire losses

State to appeal FEMA’s denial of help for individuals with fire losses

By Marcy Stamper
Just days after committing federal funds to help rebuild public infrastructure destroyed in the wildfire, President Obama denied a separate request for assistance to individuals who lost homes and property in the fires. Gov. Jay Inslee intends to appeal the president’s denial of a major disaster declaration for individual assistance under...
Some plants are already sprouting after the fires

Some plants are already sprouting after the fires

By Marcy Stamper and Laurelle Walsh
Only two weeks after fire burned hundreds of square miles in this area, scientists have found 18-inch sprouts of Western sumac at Alta Lake and grasses and elderberry bushes emerging near melted irrigation lines along Beaver Creek.
Groups coordinating to handle fire recovery

Groups coordinating to handle fire recovery

By Marcy Stamper
At least three full-time disaster case managers will be hired to help people displaced by the fire get one-on-one assistance for their most urgent needs. The Community Foundation of North Central Washington is investing $100,000 from its general fund to pay for the specialists. They will be located in Twisp at...