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Corrections & Clarifications
Aug 3, 2014
I love Tania’s cartoon! Very creative and oh so true! I would add a few things:
10. You keep going outside to scan the horizon for new smoke plumes.
11. You sleep fully clothed in case you have to evacuate in the middle of the night.
12. You get up in the morning determined to have a normal day and get some things accomplished, and end up dropping everything to run up to the community center to find out what all the sirens are about.
Craig Lints says:
Aug 5, 2014
Dear Editor, Methow Valley News
People should understand now how important reliable power is. In fire season it means well water to protect your home. In the winter it means heat. Having two routes into the valley is critical.
The argument that we should switch to a route down the center of the lower valley is a Trojan Horse. It will result in another ten year delay before we have a redundant line.
The engineering for the T/P line is complete. All but a handful of easements are resolved. Switching to the “valley floor” will result in years of negotiation with landowners and the engineering cannot be completed until the easements are resolved and the exact route is determined. It is not true that the existing easements and route will work for a much bigger line. (You can’t use the easements for a county road to build a highway.) And there is the issue of multiple crossings of a salmon bearing river. More red tape.
Imagine an ice storm on the Loup followed by frigid temperatures. An ice storm can take down many, many miles of line. Think of it. I have seen 30 below. In 1948 it was 50 below. Cars don’t start. Pipes freeze. Animals die. Maybe even people. Two weeks without power. Think of it.
Craig Lints, Carlton
509 322 1094
Sep 4, 2014
or you could take the electrical power issue into your own hands and become less dependent on public works projects. There are generators that work off of your wood stove, turbine generators that run off a sluice in the creek, solar and wind power all available to purchase or build on your own with little mechanical knowledge and some you tube instruction. batteries are expensive, but self reliance is priceless.
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