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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...

Volunteers, agencies team up to clear slide debris from river

Volunteers, agencies team up to clear slide debris from river

By Marcy Stamper

Steve Taylor, a professional river guide who has logged hundreds of thousands of miles on local rivers, was concerned about the impact on the Methow River when a torrent of mud and water cascaded down hillsides last month, destroying a dozen houses.

With several of the damaged properties perched just...

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 …

In close vote, Winthrop decides against allowing ATVs in town

In close vote, Winthrop decides against allowing ATVs in town

By Don Nelson

The Winthrop Town Council has decided not to allow all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on town streets, with Mayor Sue Langdalen casting the deciding vote to break a deadlock on the issue. At the council’s Sept. 3 meeting, council members Mike Strulic and Rick Northcott voted in favor of a motion to...

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...

Work on redesigned irrigation district system to begin soon

Work on redesigned irrigation district system to begin soon

By Ann McCreary

Construction is expected to get underway as early as next month on a redesigned system to deliver irrigation water to Methow Valley Irrigation District (MVID) members. Called the Instream Flow Improvement Project, the new MVID delivery system is designed to end …

Repairs underway on slide-damaged state highways

Repairs underway on slide-damaged state highways

Work is underway on repairing two state highways that were heavily damaged in recent mudslides. An emergency contract for the repairs was awarded to Rains Construction of Malott, which has begun work on road washouts along about four miles of Highway 20 on the Methow Valley side of Loup Loup Pass, and another four miles...
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...