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Fire damage tallied for FEMA disaster declaration request

Fire damage tallied for FEMA disaster declaration request

By Marcy Stamper
Teams of federal, state and county assessors took an in-depth tour of fire damage in the county last week to make preliminary estimates of losses to personal property and public infrastructure caused by the Carlton Complex Fire. The numbers will be the basis for the county’s application for assistance from the...
Valley touts ‘open for business’ message to help convince tourists to come back

Valley touts ‘open for business’ message to help convince tourists to come back

By Don Nelson
Above the roar of flames and crack of lightning strikes, the Methow Valley continues to get its message out: We are open for business and ready for visitors. But the toll on seasonal income for the valley’s tourism-dependent economy is mounting as fires, power outages and road closures continue to discourage...
Local officials, businesses appeal to Cantwell for assistance

Local officials, businesses appeal to Cantwell for assistance

By Ann McCreary
Local government and business leaders appealed to U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell on Sunday (Aug. 3) for immediate and long-term help in the wake of devastating fires that have left hundreds homeless and threaten to cripple the economies of the Methow Valley and nearby communities. The immediate need for reliable communication …...
Inslee confident area will qualify for FEMA aid

Inslee confident area will qualify for FEMA aid

By Don Nelson
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee dropped by Twisp Town Hall last Friday, during a Methow Valley visit that was disrupted by the outbreak of the Rising Eagle Road Fire, to assure Mayor Soo Ing-Moody and other local officials that he will assist the fire-ravaged area any way he can.
FireWise classes coming up soon

FireWise classes coming up soon

The Okanogan Conservation District is offering two FireWise Workshops on Aug. 16. • An “after the fire” workshop in Pateros will focus on property that’s already burned. It will be from 9a.m.–noon, and will provide resources to assess risks in the post-fire landscape and plan for restoration. Representatives from natural resources agencies will present and...
Dynamite stick in truck leads to arrest in Twisp

Dynamite stick in truck leads to arrest in Twisp

By Ann McCreary
Twisp Police Chief Paul Budrow got a surprise on July 29 when he checked the glove compartment of a truck that was left overnight in a parking lot next to the Methow Valley Family Practice clinic. When he opened the door to the glove compartment to look for …
Board postpones levy request

Board postpones levy request

By Marcy Stamper

The Methow Valley School Board unanimously supported a recommendation by School District Superintendent Tom Venable not to take action on two levies under consideration—for facilities improvements and transportation—at …

MASH-style ER provided medical care during disaster

MASH-style ER provided medical care during disaster

By Laurelle Walsh

Nurse practitioner Erica White was driving home to Twisp from her shift at Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster, when she learned that the Washington State Patrol was planning to close Highway 153.

Fire sale …

Fire sale …

Becky and Matt Barnes are doing a brisk business at their stand near the incident base for the Carlton Complex Fire, selling shirts and caps with graphics created specially for the fire.  The Omak-based family business travels around the West to large fires — usually with 1,000 firefighters or more — selling clothing with the...
Signal Hill fire raging between Twisp and Winthrop

Signal Hill fire raging between Twisp and Winthrop

By Don Nelson
A wildfire that broke out around 2 p.m. is raging on the west side of Highway 20 between Twisp and Winthrop, moving rapidly in a generally northerly