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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 …

Burned bear cub making good progress

Burned bear cub making good progress

By Ann McCreary
Cinder, the bear cub who was badly burned in the Carlton Complex Fire, is moving well now on her bandaged paws after a month of treatment at a California wildlife rehabilitation center. She’s moving so well, in fact, that she leads her caregivers on a chase around her enclosure...

Detours will continue as repairs made on state highways

Detours will continue as repairs made on state highways

By Ann McCreary

Motorists should expect detours and delays to continue for several weeks on state highways 20 and 153, which were extensively damaged in recent floods and mudslides. Sections of both highways — two of the three highways that access the Methow Valley — were washed out …

County, cities, PUD working with FEMA on funds for fire-related damage repairs

County, cities, PUD working with FEMA on funds for fire-related damage repairs

By Marcy Stamper 

The process for providing money to the county, cities and public utilities to cover repairs from the recent wildfire is underway, with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) meeting eligible applicants last month. FEMA representatives met with representatives from Okanogan County, cities and towns, the Okanogan County Public Utility District...

Chambers host fire-recovery meeting for valley businesses

Chambers host fire-recovery meeting for valley businesses

The chambers of commerce for Winthrop and Twisp invite all businesses in the Methow Valley to a meeting on Thursday (Sept. 11) from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. at the Winthrop Barn to discuss recovery from the summer’s fires. The meeting will include an overview of efforts to re-build tourism, an update on the valley’s long-term recovery organization,...
Generosity after the fire — where does the relief money go?

Generosity after the fire — where does the relief money go?

By Marcy Stamper

In some ways, it’s a not a bad problem to have—how do you spend money to help people in need, particularly when it keeps flowing in? But with multiple fire-relief funds springing up around the region, both the groups managing the funds and the donors are wondering how the money...

Field trip to study Carlton Complex Fire burn area

Field trip to study Carlton Complex Fire burn area

Staff from the Winthrop-based Pacific Biodiversity Institute will lead a field trip on Saturday (Sept. 13) covering parts of the Carlton Complex Fire burn area to explore wildlife responses and ecosystem recovery. A car pool for the free trip will leave the Hank’s Harvest Foods parking lot in Twisp at 10 a.m. The trip is...
Questions persist about response by some fire crews

Questions persist about response by some fire crews

By Marcy Stamper
More than a month after the state’s largest wildfire destroyed hundreds of homes in and around the Methow Valley, homemade signs thanking firefighters still punctuate the landscape. But in addition to the gratitude, some people have been raising questions about whether fire crews missed early opportunities to keep the fire from getting...
State will add mudslide damage to FEMA appeal

State will add mudslide damage to FEMA appeal

By Marcy Stamper Federal and state teams are gathering supplemental information about the extent and cost of fire-related damages for an appeal of the denial of a disaster declaration that would help individuals who lost homes and property in the fires. The teams are determining the scope of the damage, which has …
Floods, slides cut swath of damage after torrential storm

Floods, slides cut swath of damage after torrential storm

By Ann McCreary and Marcy Stamper

The potential for flooding, mudslides and erosion was predicted in the aftermath of the enormous wildfire that swept through the Methow Valley last month, searing more than 250,000 acres and leaving blackened hillsides bare of vegetation. In her latest assault on the valley, Mother Nature wasted no time...