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Flood protection work proceeds in at-risk areas

Flood protection work proceeds in at-risk areas

The Texas Creek home of Tom and Cheryl Race was a bustling work site last week as trucks delivered many loads of gravel, which a bulldozer operator contoured into a large dike upstream from the house to protect it from future flooding. At the same time, a crew of eight Americorps volunteers shoveled away about 300...
Methow Valley Fund awards $70,480 to local nonprofits

Methow Valley Fund awards $70,480 to local nonprofits

The Methow Valley Fund, managed by the Community Foundation of North Central Washington, has recently awarded $70,480 in grants to Methow Valley nonprofits. Established in 2006, the Methow Valley Fund provides grant funding to charitable organizations that are meeting needs and developing strong, sustainable programs that enhance the Methow Valley. The fund is advised by...
Methow Valley residents given conservation district awards

Methow Valley residents given conservation district awards

Several Methow Valley residents have been recognized for their conservation work by the Okanogan Conservation District. Methow Valley rancher Craig Boesel received the Norm McClure Lifetime Achievement in Conservation Award for his work on watershed councils and with many organizations and fellow ranchers. Boesel also served two separate terms on the Conservation District’s board of...
Fires and floods: a natural progression

Fires and floods: a natural progression

By Ann McCreary and Marcy Stamper
Changes in soil from the intense heat of fire, along with a treacherous mix of ash and water, create a heightened risk of floods and mudslides in fire-damaged areas. When fires move across the surface of the ground, burning grasses and plants, the combustion of vegetation creates a...
Community briefs: Aug. 13, 2014

Community briefs: Aug. 13, 2014

This week: Info for landowners, Helping kids with stress, Firewise workshop on Saturday, Pancakes at the Grange, Benefit buffet at Twisp River Suites next Tuesday, Summer Festival in Tonasket and Check those gauges
FireWise classes coming up soon

FireWise classes coming up soon

The Okanogan Conservation District is offering two FireWise Workshops on Aug. 16. • An “after the fire” workshop in Pateros will focus on property that’s already burned. It will be from 9a.m.–noon, and will provide resources to assess risks in the post-fire landscape and plan for restoration. Representatives from natural resources agencies will present and...
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 …

Community briefs: May 14, 2014

Community briefs: May 14, 2014

Firewise workshop on Saturday The Okanogan Conservation District is hosting a free Firewise workshop in Twisp on Saturday (May 17) from 10 a.m. – noon at TwispWorks. The workshop is provided in partnership with Washington Department of Natural Resources, Okanogan County, and Okanogan Fire District 6. Local fire managers will discuss ways to prepare one’s home and...
Community briefs: Feb. 5, 2014

Community briefs: Feb. 5, 2014

This week: All about local botany, Chip seal project on Highway 20, 4-H basic training, Benefit for Trusting Spirit and Conservation celebration