Today is Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

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Cut off

Cut off

By Marcy Stamper
A simple phone call can travel thousands of miles before the phone rings in your friend’s house just a few towns over. The process seems so ordinary that most of us take it for granted — that is, until there’s no dial tone or, worse, you repeatedly dial 911 and can’t get...
Help for farmers and ranchers

Help for farmers and ranchers

There are several opportunities for farmers and ranchers affected by the wildfires to get assistance with infrastructure, seeding and tree planting, and livestock forage. Soil conservation The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications from agricultural producers to help with resource concerns for the Wildfire Initiative of the Environmental Quality...
Fire recovery: a roundup of information, resources

Fire recovery: a roundup of information, resources

Long-term recovery open house Methow Valley Long Term Recovery (MVLTR) is holding an open house on Oct. 16 to explain the recovery process and goals and to get input from the community. “This is a grassroots movement and we want everyone who wants to be involved to understand the process,” said Adrianne Moore, an MVLTR...
New rain gauges will give early flood warnings

New rain gauges will give early flood warnings

By Ann McCreary
New rain gauges are being installed within the Carlton Complex Fire boundaries to provide an early warning system for flash floods. Approximately 15 rain gauges will be placed throughout the …
Repair work continues on damaged highways

Repair work continues on damaged highways

By Ann McCreary
Highway 153 remains closed south of Benson Creek while state transportation officials try to reach agreement with a landowner in order to repair damage caused by flooding and mudslides last month. Work continues on other damaged sections of …
Fire, flood, mud: insurance benefits can vary greatly 

Fire, flood, mud: insurance benefits can vary greatly 

By Marcy Stamper
An estimated 45 percent of people who lost homes or property in the wildfires had no insurance, including almost all the renters. But the rest — in the midst of cleaning up debris, figuring out where they will live, buying new clothes, and coping with grief — have been dealing with insurance adjusters. Despite the...
Report identifies post-fire threats, recommends a variety of actions

Report identifies post-fire threats, recommends a variety of actions

By Ann McCreary
A report on the potential impact of the massive Carlton Complex Fire describes a high risk of erosion and debris flow to homes, roads, water systems, public utilities and fish habitat within or near burned areas. The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) report published this week identifies …
Beware of fire-related fundraising scams

Beware of fire-related fundraising scams

By Marcy Stamper
Donors and beneficiaries to fundraising campaigns for people affected by the summer’s fires and floods are advised to be alert to the potential for scams and fraud. There have been reports of people who have set up online campaigns receiving calls requesting …
FEMA appeal paints stark picture of fires’ physical and emotional toll

FEMA appeal paints stark picture of fires’ physical and emotional toll

By Marcy Stamper
In stark numbers and emotional accounts, the governor toughened his case for a disaster declaration to help individuals and families affected by the summer’s wildfires. New numbers included …
Governor appeals FEMA denial of help to individuals

Governor appeals FEMA denial of help to individuals

By Marcy Stamper

Gov. Jay Inslee has appealed the denial of a major disaster declaration that would help individuals affected by the summer’s wildfires. The appeal was submitted Tuesday (Sept. 9). If approved, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program would allow people affected by the fire to …