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NEWS
Feds decline to list wolverines as endangered species

Feds decline to list wolverines as endangered species

By Ann McCreary

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced Tuesday (Aug. 12) that it is withdrawing its proposal to list wolverines under the Endangered Species Act. Wolverines have made a steady recovery in …

Liberty Bell football squad lends a hand during fire evacuation

Liberty Bell football squad lends a hand during fire evacuation

By Laurelle Walsh
When the people and pets at Rover’s Ranch were suddenly forced to escape from the Rising Eagle Road Fire on Aug. 1, five members of the Liberty Bell High School football team and their coach were among the friends and clients who showed up to help with the evacuation.
Firefighters focused on controlling blazes in steep mountain terrain

Firefighters focused on controlling blazes in steep mountain terrain

By Marcy Stamper
This past week, firefighters have concentrated on controlling two fires started by lightning on Aug. 2 and 3, the Little Bridge Creek Fire near Thompson Ridge above Twisp River and the Upper Falls Fire near Falls Creek in the Chewuch drainage. With continued …
Hank Cramer to head recovery organization; Room One fiscal sponsor

Hank Cramer to head recovery organization; Room One fiscal sponsor

By Marcy Stamper
Room One will offer temporary fiscal sponsorship of a new long-term recovery organization (LTRO) to address needs connected with recent wildfires. The Twisp-based social-service agency announced Wednesday, Aug. 6, that it would be the fiscal sponsor for a three-month period, with …
County loses at least $28 million in property value from wildfires

County loses at least $28 million in property value from wildfires

By Marcy Stamper 

The assessed value of taxable property—mainly houses and cabins, but also shops and outbuildings—destroyed in the Carlton Complex wildfire is almost $28 million, according to Okanogan County Assessor Scott Furman, whose …

A wildfire glossary: what the terms mean

A wildfire glossary: what the terms mean

Compiled by Marcy Stamper

A glossary of standard terminology, as well as colloquial terms, that often appear in updates on fire status.

Methow fire map and info.

Methow fire map and info.

A map of fires in the area, a list of which areas are closed and which aren't in the Methow Valley Ranger District and a summary of burning restrictions to help residents and visitors plan their Methow Valley activities
Loss of foraging habitat a huge challenge for local beekeepers

Loss of foraging habitat a huge challenge for local beekeepers

By Joanna Bastian

The Washington State Beekeepers Association is offering assistance to beekeepers who suffered losses during the recent fires in North Central Washington. Steve Foley, representative for Area 4 which includes Okanogan, Chelan and Douglas counties, is asking beekeepers to contact the …

Campfire ban lifted for western Washington state parks

Campfire ban lifted for western Washington state parks

Individual parks may still have fire restrictions, depending on conditions OLYMPIA – August 15, 2014 – Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announced today that the ban on campfires in western Washington state parks has been eased as of this morning. Western Washington is considered the region west of the crest of the Cascade Mountain...
Badly burned bear cub has Cinder-ella story

Badly burned bear cub has Cinder-ella story

By Ann McCreary

A female bear cub that was badly burned in the Carlton Complex Fire is making a slow recovery after being flown last week to a wildlife rehabilitation center in Lake Tahoe, California. Named “Cinder” by her rescuers, the cub is dining on …