Today is Thursday, Apr. 23, 2015

FIRE
‘Living with Fire’ presentation in Tonasket

‘Living with Fire’ presentation in Tonasket

The Okanogan Highlands Alliance will present “Living with Fire,” a program on fire ecology, history and management in the region, on May 1 at the Community Cultural Center (CCC) of Tonasket. Presenting will be Jason Llewellyn and Dale Swedberg. Llewellyn has been a primary wildland firefighter for 18 years with the U.S. Forest Service. Swedberg...
Burned ‘hazard’ trees removed from Loup Highway

Burned ‘hazard’ trees removed from Loup Highway

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has finished removing between 100 and 150 burned trees that posed a risk to motorists on the Loup Loup Highway. The trees — mostly ponderosa pine and some Douglas fir — were cut and hauled off from a two-mile section of Highway 20 on the west side of Loup Loup Pass, according...
Containment expected soon on forest fire straddling Canadian border

Containment expected soon on forest fire straddling Canadian border

Firefighters were expected to contain the U.S. portion of a small fire on the Canadian border by Tuesday (April 21), the U.S. Forest Service said in a press release. The fire is north of Chopaka Mountain on lands managed by the federal Bureau of Land Management. U.S. and Canadian crews have been involved fighting the...
Room One takes over disaster case management for county

Room One takes over disaster case management for county

Room One in Twisp will become the supervising agency for four disaster case managers, who have previously worked under Okanogan County Community Action Council in Okanogan. The case managers were hired last …
College students use spring break to help with post-fire recovery efforts

College students use spring break to help with post-fire recovery efforts

About 85 college students from a Christian campus organization are spending their spring break helping with post-fire recovery in the Methow Valley and other areas impacted by the Carlton Complex Fire. Among them …
‘Strike team’ volunteers needed for fire recovery efforts

‘Strike team’ volunteers needed for fire recovery efforts

To provide support for the fire recovery effort and the many volunteers that will be coming to the area to help, “strike teams” made up of local residents are being organized by the …
Rebuilding begins on 42 homes lost in Carlton Complex Fire

Rebuilding begins on 42 homes lost in Carlton Complex Fire

A campaign to rebuild homes lost in the Carlton Complex Fire last summer is gathering momentum as reconstruction season gets underway. “We are in full swing,” said Carlene Anders, executive director of Carlton Complex Long Term Recovery Group (CCLTRG), the volunteer organization that is conducting the rebuilding campaign.
Okanogan County joins legal effort to guarantee salvage logging

Okanogan County joins legal effort to guarantee salvage logging

Argues that trees will lose commercial value if not cut By Marcy Stamper Okanogan County has taken legal action to ensure that a plan to log state land that burned in the Carlton Complex Fire is carried out this spring, so that trees are cut while they have commercial value. The county’s petition also says...
A legislator’s response to the Carlton Complex Fire

A legislator’s response to the Carlton Complex Fire

After the devastating Carlton Complex Fire that deeply affected the communities and economy of the Methow Valley, our Legislature is taking action to respond to our natural disaster, including providing funding and changing policies as needed.
Some landowners get help guarding against post-fire floods

Some landowners get help guarding against post-fire floods

Two dozen private property owners with homes and land at high risk from flash floods and erosion will get some protection from large rock ramparts and grass seeding by the end of June.