Today is Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

FIRE
Organizations dispensing $1.4 million for two phases of fire relief

Organizations dispensing $1.4 million for two phases of fire relief

By Marcy Stamper

Organizations working on fire relief and recovery have released updated tallies for the people they have helped and their current fundraising levels. The long-term recovery organizations in …

Take part in a communications survey

Take part in a communications survey

A group of students at the Evergreen State College who are pursuing masters of public administration degrees are working on a case study of communication during the Carlton Complex wildfires this past summer. As a part of the research, the students are asking residents of the Methow how they communicated during the fires and related...
Funds to help farmers and businesses with fire, flood and drought losses

Funds to help farmers and businesses with fire, flood and drought losses

By Marcy Stamper
The federal government has several programs available for farmers and businesses with losses connected with the Carlton Complex Fire, subsequent floods and mudslides, and the overall drought that affected many counties in Washington.
Ski trail closed in USFS timber salvage area

Ski trail closed in USFS timber salvage area

Cross country ski trail #10 in the South Summit Nordic Ski Area will be plowed soon to allow for hauling timber salvaged after last summer’s Carlton Complex Fire, the Methow Valley Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service announced Tuesday (Jan. 6). Ski trail #10 is part of the South Summit Nordic Ski Area located...
DNR proposes salvage logging in 1,285 acres of  Carlton Complex Fire’s burn area

DNR proposes salvage logging in 1,285 acres of  Carlton Complex Fire’s burn area

By Ann McCreary
In light of severe erosion and landslides after thunderstorms last summer, conservation organizations have raised questions about plans to log dead trees in areas burned by the Carlton Complex Fire. The Methow Valley Citizens Council (MVCC) …
Jobs for fire rebuilding

Jobs for fire rebuilding

Application deadlines in January The Carlton Complex Long Term Recovery Group is hiring three positions to help with rebuilding: two volunteer coordinators (one is a VISTA volunteer) and a reconstruction manager. The volunteer coordinators will assist in recruitment and management of volunteer teams, conduct outreach to charities active in disaster rebuilding, communicate with volunteer teams...
Communication, local control are focus of meeting about wildfire preparedness

Communication, local control are focus of meeting about wildfire preparedness

By Marcy Stamper
Despite continuing tension and emotion about the devastation caused by the Carlton Complex Fire, participants at a packed meeting in Brewster focused primarily on steps that can be taken to be better prepared for the upcoming fire season.
State denies claims for $9 million + of losses in Carlton Complex

State denies claims for $9 million + of losses in Carlton Complex

By Marcy Stamper
Investigators with the Washington Attorney General’s Office have denied 72 claims filed against the state for damages caused by the Carlton Complex Fire. Letters sent to the claimants denying liability cited state law, saying …
WDFW will be giving deer some extra food this winter to protect orchards near Pateros

WDFW will be giving deer some extra food this winter to protect orchards near Pateros

Deer will get some extra food this winter to protect orchards near Pateros, although the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) believes that deer are doing well overall despite the many acres of their traditional forage that burned in the summer’s wildfires. Mild weather and below-average snow cover — after a wet fall that spurred lush...

Recycle metal fire debris

Methow Recycles, Cascade Concrete and local volunteers are teaming up to help people clean up and recycle metal debris from the Carlton Complex Fire. Organizers of the program can help make arrangements for collecting and recycling roofing, appliances, farm equipment or vehicles. Proceeds from the metal go to the homeowner or to Methow Recycles to...