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State officials offer caution: take air quality seriously

State officials offer caution: take air quality seriously

By Marcy Stamper
If it seemed smoky on Tuesday (Aug. 12) and you had trouble catching your breath or missed your usual vigor, you were right—the air quality that day was among the worst in the region in several weeks, according to the Washington Department of Ecology.
Local volunteers battle fire, balance personal lives

Local volunteers battle fire, balance personal lives

By Laurelle Walsh
If you ask a volunteer firefighter to talk about their experiences of the last month, you may get a response like, “You mean, like talk about what we do?” For it is, essentially, what they do, and what they have each prepared for in hundreds, or even thousands of hours of...
High anxiety

High anxiety

By Ann McCreary
Are you feeling irritable, anxious, impatient, unfocused, distracted? Do you jump when you hear a helicopter? Does a gust of wind make you uneasy? If so, consider yourself perfectly normal. After …
County gets FEMA disaster declaration for public infrastructure

County gets FEMA disaster declaration for public infrastructure

By Marcy Stamper
President Obama approved the request for a disaster declaration for public assistance connected with the Carlton Complex Fire on Monday (Aug. 11), according to a spokesperson for Gov. Jay Inslee. The major disaster declaration under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will compensate …
Hank Cramer to head new fire-recovery organization 

Hank Cramer to head new fire-recovery organization 

By Marcy Stamper
Room One will offer temporary fiscal sponsorship of a new long-term recovery organization (LTRO) to address needs connected with the wildfire. The Twisp-based social-service agency announced Wednesday (Aug. 6) that it would be the fiscal sponsor for a three-month period, with a three-month extension upon mutual agreement of the organizations involved....
News briefs: August 6

News briefs: August 6

This week: Flagg Mountain cabin case goes to trial, and Head for the Stampede
Rodriguez has big lead in coroner race

Rodriguez has big lead in coroner race

In the first returns from Tuesday’s primary election, Methow Valley resident Dave Rodriguez, chief criminal deputy for the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office, drew 2,074 votes (59 percent) in the race for county coroner and will advance to the November general election. In one of the few contested races affecting Okanogan County, Rodriguez is polling well...
No relief

No relief

By Ann McCreary
Weary and unnerved after enduring almost three weeks of devastating fires, evacuations, power outages and freakish storms, Methow Valley residents were sucker-punched again last weekend by a terrifying fire that engulfed 10 homes and threatened Winthrop — followed the next day by a severe windstorm that knocked down hundreds of trees...
Local groups begin making plans for long-term recovery

Local groups begin making plans for long-term recovery

By Marcy Stamper
Although hundreds of people are still literally digging out from the devastation of the wildfire—and firefighters still working to control it—a network of individuals and organizations has begun building a network for longer-term recovery. Some 40 people from local social-service agencies, …
Trial by fire

Trial by fire

By Ann McCreary

“It was a huge surprise” to find himself working to protect the homes of friends and high school classmates, says rookie firefighter Milo Holston. “I expected to spend most of my time out of the valley or out of the state,” said Holston, a Winthrop resident who graduated this year...