Today is Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

FIRE
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 …

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,...