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Fighting wildfires from aloft

Fighting wildfires from aloft

By Ann McCreary

Circling the pillars of smoke billowing upward from a wildfire is a small plane. Inside, Bill Moody of Twisp is the air tactical supervisor for the fire, orchestrating the aircraft fighting the fire and providing strategies and …

Sometimes virtue is its own reward

Sometimes virtue is its own reward

By Laurelle Walsh
Twisp pilot, flight instructor, retired dentist, actor and raconteur Bob Hoffman has had to give up dual roles as Valentine and the priest in The Merc Playhouse’s production of Twelfth Night, due to injuries from a motor scooter accident on July 21. Hoffman was airlifted to Wenatchee Valley …
News briefs: July 20, 2014

News briefs: July 20, 2014

This week: ATVs not allowed in Winthrop says town's attorney, Winthrop Town Hall basement flooded by rain, Fire district levy on November ballot, and Pearrygin re-opens after fire though Alta Lake is still closed.
Methow Valley slowly returns to ‘normal’ but long recovery looms

Methow Valley slowly returns to ‘normal’ but long recovery looms

By Ann McCreary
The record-breaking Carlton Complex Fire — the largest wildfire in Washington  state history — had burned 250,806 acres, or about 392 square miles, as of Tuesday (July 29). Almost half of that total acreage …
Communicating during a disaster

Communicating during a disaster

By Laurelle Walsh
The Carlton Complex Fire that began from four separate lightning strikes, merged into an unstoppable firestorm that triggered evacuations, and destroyed life and property. When the valley lost power, confusion and fear mounted, and many residents …
PUD works to restore full power to lower valley

PUD works to restore full power to lower valley

By Ann McCreary
About 200 people were working early this week to restore power to Okanogan County Public Utility District (PUD) customers who have been without power since wildfires swept through the valley and surrounding areas almost …
Farmers, ranchers lose livestock, pastures, trees to fire

Farmers, ranchers lose livestock, pastures, trees to fire

By Marcy Stamper

Farmers and ranchers have been scrambling to bring cattle to safety and deal with fire that threatened fields and farm equipment, but it will be months—even years—before the full impact of the Carlton Complex Fire on …

Managing help for victims is a huge task

Managing help for victims is a huge task

By Marcy Stamper

Experts in managing emergencies such as a massive wildfire know they have to be prepared for collateral events that radiate out from the central crisis. “The donations are …

Help from FEMA? 

Help from FEMA? 

Assessors with Washington state emergency management have been in the county this week to make initial estimates of fire-related damage to public infrastructure in towns and cities, water and sewer systems, powerlines and irrigation systems, according to Okanogan County Emergency Manager Scott Miller. This assessment is the first step in the process for applying to...
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 …