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Methow Valley slowly returns to ‘normal’ but long recovery looms

Methow Valley slowly returns to ‘normal’ but long recovery looms

By Ann McCleary
The record-breaking Carlton Complex Fire — the largest wildfire in Washington  state history — had burned 250,806 acres, or about 392 square miles, as of Tuesday (July 29). Almost half of that total acreage …
Communicating during a disaster

Communicating during a disaster

By Laurelle Walsh
The Carlton Complex Fire that began from four separate lightning strikes, merged into an unstoppable firestorm that triggered evacuations, and destroyed life and property. When the valley lost power, confusion and fear mounted, and many residents …
PUD works to restore full power to lower valley

PUD works to restore full power to lower valley

By Ann McCreary
About 200 people were working early this week to restore power to Okanogan County Public Utility District (PUD) customers who have been without power since wildfires swept through the valley and surrounding areas almost …
Farmers, ranchers lose livestock, pastures, trees to fire

Farmers, ranchers lose livestock, pastures, trees to fire

By Marcy Stamper

Farmers and ranchers have been scrambling to bring cattle to safety and deal with fire that threatened fields and farm equipment, but it will be months—even years—before the full impact of the Carlton Complex Fire on …

Managing help for victims is a huge task

Managing help for victims is a huge task

By Marcy Stamper

Experts in managing emergencies such as a massive wildfire know they have to be prepared for collateral events that radiate out from the central crisis. “The donations are …

Help from FEMA? 

Help from FEMA? 

Assessors with Washington state emergency management have been in the county this week to make initial estimates of fire-related damage to public infrastructure in towns and cities, water and sewer systems, powerlines and irrigation systems, according to Okanogan County Emergency Manager Scott Miller. This assessment is the first step in the process for applying to...
Just being us

Just being us

By Don Nelson Where to begin? How does one adequately catalog, characterize and credit all of the generosity, bravery, selflessness, determination, ingenuity, strength, community spirit, inspiration, patience, endurance and even humor that have sustained this community the past two weeks? It’s almost too risky to compile a list of the good stories, because we’d be...
Letters to the editor: July 30, 2014

Letters to the editor: July 30, 2014

Rodriguez for coroner Dear Editor: I am writing in support of Dave Rodriguez to be your Okanogan County coroner. When someone dies and the death is not expected, the coroner must visit the scene to document the death before the person can be moved. The coroner comes into your home or the scene of the...

CORRECTION

The caption accompanying a photo of a plume of smoke above Twisp in the July 23 issue implied that town residents had been told to be ready to evacuate on Thursday, July 17. The evacuation warning was issued the following day, when Twisp was threatened by fire approaching from the hills east of town. The...

Legal Notices — July 30, 2014

LEGAL Town of Twisp ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS. Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received by The Town of Twisp, until 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 for construction of the Lincoln Street Improvements. Bid proposals will be received by the Town Clerk at the Town of Twisp, Town Hall, 118 S....