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School board postpones levy request to voters

School board postpones levy request to voters

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 …
Firestorm rips through valley, leaving damage and despair

Firestorm rips through valley, leaving damage and despair

By Ann McCreary and Marcy Stamper Even people who have spent a lifetime responding to natural disasters have a hard time grasping the enormity of the devastation caused by firestorms that raged through large swaths of the Methow Valley and surrounding areas, leaving hundreds of people homeless and traumatized.
Carlton Complex Fire: an information roundup

Carlton Complex Fire: an information roundup

Please note, these resources were current as of 7/23/14, but may have changed since then. If you find any of this information to be out of date or inaccurate, please email darla@methowvalleynews.com: While we tried to scrape up all the information we could find, this list won’t be comprehensive — our apologies to anyone we missed. Please...
Generator safety: Be careful with generators

Generator safety: Be careful with generators

The PUD and Okanogan County Electric Cooperative are warning that incorrectly used generators can electrocute technicians working on power lines. Generators are safe if people use them to power appliances, but using a generator to power a house’s electrical system can send power back into the grid, putting workers and equipment at risk. The PUD...
Unprecedented conditions whipped up the Carlton Complex Fire

Unprecedented conditions whipped up the Carlton Complex Fire

By Marcy Stamper
Veterans of massive fires around the country used superlatives to describe the sinister power and rapid growth of the Carlton Complex Fire. “In 17 years, I’ve never seen …
Red Cross provides shelter, relief, support in Winthrop

Red Cross provides shelter, relief, support in Winthrop

By Laurelle Walsh
The Methow Valley’s Red Cross shelter, located at the Winthrop Barn, is providing a place to sleep, hot meals, bottled water, cell phone charging, and information to anyone who comes in. The shelter is staffed 24 hours a day and has electricity and running water.
Power may be restored to some areas this weekend

Power may be restored to some areas this weekend

By Marcy Stamper
Electricity for the towns of Twisp and Winthrop and for the majority of the Okanogan County Electric Cooperative’s customers is expected to be restored by the end of this weekend, unless fire conditions along the Loup Loup transmission line change.
Wet weather slows fire spread, helps crews with containment

Wet weather slows fire spread, helps crews with containment

By Marcy Stamper
Two days of wet weather allowed fire crews to make considerable progress building containment lines on the 250,000-acre Carlton Complex Fire. As of Thursday morning (July 24), the public information officer (PIO) for the incident management team said the fire is at 52 percent containment, the majority of new containment lines...

State Updates: Fires and Complexes keep State Blazing

Camp Murray, Wash. — The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says fire fighters from around the country are on the way to reinforce their weary counterparts in Washington state. In response to the agency’s request, fire fighters will be reporting in from New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. DNR and the state’s other fire fighting agency,...

SATURDAY UPDATE (7/19): Evacuations continue, PUD looking at extensive repair efforts

By Marcy Stamper, transcribed by Darla Hussey As of Friday night (July 18) at 9 p.m., an infrared flight showed the Carlton Complex had grown to 215,000 acres, but there has been additional growth since then, although not as much as in previous days according to the public information officer (PIO) for the fires. The...