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Letters to the editor: July 23, 2014

Letters to the editor: July 23, 2014

Be brave Dear Editor: I have been watching and reading about the Carlton Complex Fire. I lived in Winthrop in the mid-1990s. I survived the Beaver Creek Fire here in Idaho last year. I was evacuated for about a week. Almost lost my home. The wildland firefighters, air support and all the guys and gals...
Harts Pass: July 23, 2014

Harts Pass: July 23, 2014

Carlton Complex Fire: an information roundup

Carlton Complex Fire: an information roundup

Please note, these resources were current as of 7/23/14, but may have changed since then. If you find any of this information to be out of date or inaccurate, please email darla@methowvalleynews.com: While we tried to scrape up all the information we could find, this list won’t be comprehensive — our apologies to anyone we missed. Please...
Generator safety: Be careful with generators

Generator safety: Be careful with generators

The PUD and Okanogan County Electric Cooperative are warning that incorrectly used generators can electrocute technicians working on power lines. Generators are safe if people use them to power appliances, but using a generator to power a house’s electrical system can send power back into the grid, putting workers and equipment at risk. The PUD...
Unprecedented conditions whipped up the Carlton Complex Fire

Unprecedented conditions whipped up the Carlton Complex Fire

By Marcy Stamper
Veterans of massive fires around the country used superlatives to describe the sinister power and rapid growth of the Carlton Complex Fire. “In 17 years, I’ve never seen …
Red Cross provides shelter, relief, support in Winthrop

Red Cross provides shelter, relief, support in Winthrop

By Laurelle Walsh
The Methow Valley’s Red Cross shelter, located at the Winthrop Barn, is providing a place to sleep, hot meals, bottled water, cell phone charging, and information to anyone who comes in. The shelter is staffed 24 hours a day and has electricity and running water.
Power may be restored to some areas this weekend

Power may be restored to some areas this weekend

By Marcy Stamper
Electricity for the towns of Twisp and Winthrop and for the majority of the Okanogan County Electric Cooperative’s customers is expected to be restored by the end of this weekend, unless fire conditions along the Loup Loup transmission line change.
Wet weather slows fire spread, helps crews with containment

Wet weather slows fire spread, helps crews with containment

By Marcy Stamper
Two days of wet weather allowed fire crews to make considerable progress building containment lines on the 250,000-acre Carlton Complex Fire. As of Thursday morning (July 24), the public information officer (PIO) for the incident management team said the fire is at 52 percent containment, the majority of new containment lines...
To our readers

To our readers

This week’s Methow Valley News looks quite a bit different from our typical issue. Because of the technological challenges we’ve faced, along with the rest of  the valley, we had to improvise and adjust to make sure we could produce a printed newspaper. Constantly changing circumstances and conditions will make some of the information in...

State Updates: Fires and Complexes keep State Blazing

Camp Murray, Wash. — The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says fire fighters from around the country are on the way to reinforce their weary counterparts in Washington state. In response to the agency’s request, fire fighters will be reporting in from New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. DNR and the state’s other fire fighting agency,...