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Hank Cramer will head fire-recovery organization; Room One takes on fiscal sponsorship

Hank Cramer will head fire-recovery organization; Room One takes on fiscal sponsorship

By Marcy Stamper
Room One will offer temporary fiscal sponsorship of a new long-term recovery organization (LTRO) to address needs connected with recent wildfires. The Twisp-based social-service agency announced Wednesday, Aug. 6, that it would be the fiscal sponsor for a three-month period, with …
County loses at least $28 million in property value from wildfires

County loses at least $28 million in property value from wildfires

By Marcy Stamper 

The assessed value of taxable property—mainly houses and cabins, but also shops and outbuildings—destroyed in the Carlton Complex wildfire is almost $28 million, according to Okanogan County Assessor Scott Furman, whose …

A wildfire glossary: what the terms mean

A wildfire glossary: what the terms mean

Compiled by Marcy Stamper

A glossary of standard terminology, as well as colloquial terms, that often appear in updates on fire status.

Methow fire map and info.

Methow fire map and info.

A map of fires in the area, a list of which areas are closed and which aren't in the Methow Valley Ranger District and a summary of burning restrictions to help residents and visitors plan their Methow Valley activities
Loss of foraging habitat a huge challenge for local beekeepers

Loss of foraging habitat a huge challenge for local beekeepers

By Joanna Bastian

The Washington State Beekeepers Association is offering assistance to beekeepers who suffered losses during the recent fires in North Central Washington. Steve Foley, representative for Area 4 which includes Okanogan, Chelan and Douglas counties, is asking beekeepers to contact the …

Campfire ban lifted for western Washington state parks

Campfire ban lifted for western Washington state parks

Individual parks may still have fire restrictions, depending on conditions OLYMPIA – August 15, 2014 – Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announced today that the ban on campfires in western Washington state parks has been eased as of this morning. Western Washington is considered the region west of the crest of the Cascade Mountain...
A clean sweep …

A clean sweep …

Members of the Liberty Bell High School varsity football team turned out at the Methow Valley School District bus garage on Saturday for a car wash to benefit the school’s new Football Club. From left, Derek Alumbaugh, Eden Davis, Chip Jones and Rowan Post apply the elbow grease that raised just over $350 during the...
The rodeo is on

The rodeo is on

The 43rd annual Methow Valley Rodeo will go on as scheduled over Labor Day weekend. Events begin at 1 p.m. each day on Aug. 30 and 31 at the rodeo grounds off of Twin Lakes Road between Twisp and Winthrop, an area that was recently threatened by the Rising Eagle Road Fire. Admission is $10...
Fire, water cancel Angels, challenge Cutthroat

Fire, water cancel Angels, challenge Cutthroat

By Mike Maltais
Unusual weather phenomena made their presence felt in two popular Methow Valley high-elevation, late-summer running venues this year,  forcing one, the Angels Staircase, to cancel and the other, the Cutthroat Classic, to scramble in order to restore trail conditions back to usable shape.
A welcome sign

A welcome sign

Liberty Bell High School sophomore Cole Darwood, left, Twisp Police Chief Paul Budrow, and LBHS seniors Dwight Treise and Ashley Watson show off the new police department sign that the students created as part of their community service requirements. Darwood and Treise put the sign’s metal components together in Barry Stromberger’s welding class. Watson, a...