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FEMA appeal paints stark picture of fires’ physical and emotional toll

FEMA appeal paints stark picture of fires’ physical and emotional toll

By Marcy Stamper
In stark numbers and emotional accounts, the governor toughened his case for a disaster declaration to help individuals and families affected by the summer’s wildfires. New numbers included …
Creek accommodations

Creek accommodations

Tim Evans, construction and maintenance project lead for Pearrygin, Conconully and Curlew state parks, excavates a 12-foot wide channel where Pearrygin Creek will flow under the road into Pearrygin Lake State Park’s now-closed west campground. The creek, which has been flowing over the road since the massive debris flow in 2011, will be back in...
Transit authority hires first general manager

Transit authority hires first general manager

By Ann McCreary
Okanogan County Transit Authority (OCTA), the fledgling public transportation system approved by voters last year, has hired a general manager.
Legislature in contempt over school funding

Legislature in contempt over school funding

By Marcy Stamper
Saying that the Legislature has not made enough progress in devising a plan to adequately fund basic education, the state Supreme Court has declared the lawmakers in contempt of court.
Lookout Pack wolf pup apparent victim of fires

Lookout Pack wolf pup apparent victim of fires

A Lookout Pack wolf pup was apparently the victim of this summer’s wildfires in mountains near the Methow Valley. Researchers conducting a study into wolf/livestock conflicts found the remains of a wolf pup a few weeks ago. The researchers have been monitoring the location of the Lookout Pack via a radio collar on one of...
Fire and flood recovery group to tackle victims’ long-term needs

Fire and flood recovery group to tackle victims’ long-term needs

By Marcy Stamper
Recovery from the summer’s fires and floods—and being better prepared for future natural disasters—is a long-term project demanding long-term planning. The valley’s own group, Methow Valley Long-Term Recovery, has been launched, with Hank Cramer at the helm as executive director, and office space on Third Avenue in Twisp donated by The...
News briefs: September 10, 2014

News briefs: September 10, 2014

This week: County to consider variance requests for Mazama property, Bike trail work party at Sun Mountain on Sept. 14, Buckhorn Mine funds environmental projects in Okanogan County and West Nile virus found in Okanogan County horse
Governor appeals FEMA denial of help to individuals

Governor appeals FEMA denial of help to individuals

By Marcy Stamper

Gov. Jay Inslee has appealed the denial of a major disaster declaration that would help individuals affected by the summer’s wildfires. The appeal was submitted Tuesday (Sept. 9). If approved, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program would allow people affected by the fire to …

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...