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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
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Rich Millard says:
Jan 16, 2015
Where is the next destructive fire?
As we all enter the next fire season, we must ask ourselves where the next fire storm will occur. As we continue to study, then study some more, then study to the end, what will be decided. Lets say in all probability, the Twisp River drainage is a fire looking for a place to happen. As we watch year after year the increasing quantities of standing dead material increases significantly. Should we perhaps allow the wood cutters to do something as simple as remove that material. Or, should we study the situation again. Can we selectively log the river basin? In the day, you could ride a horse anywhere you chose on the Twisp River. Today, completely impossible on the majority of the river. The popular saying is “do we prevent fires” as smokey always said, or as we do now we “Manage” the fires
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