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Valley and county to get modern emergency communications

Valley and county to get modern emergency communications

A 40-foot-tall wooden pole and a yurt that have housed the Methow Valley’s emergency communications equipment for half a century are being replaced over the next few weeks with new structures and modern wireless technology. Once completed, the system will use microwave transmission instead of the existing …
Agencies plan and build relationships for fire season

Agencies plan and build relationships for fire season

Armed with experiences and knowledge from the last two record-breaking fire seasons in the state, about 75 representatives from diverse firefighting agencies gathered last week to plan, share information, and brainstorm about how to be better prepared to handle a fast-moving disaster. The “large-fire” meeting brought together firefighters and fire managers, emergency personnel, weather forecasters and...
Preparing for the worst

Preparing for the worst

After three days of heavy rain from spring storms, the Methow Valley is experiencing widespread and severe flooding. Mudslides are reported throughout the valley, blocking more than a dozen roads near steep drainages with mud, debris and water. The valley is …
Heavy runoff and sediment cause minor flooding, road closures around valley

Heavy runoff and sediment cause minor flooding, road closures around valley

Melting snow and saturated soils in parts of the Methow Valley have spawned new streams, caused small mudslides, and washed out roads that became inundated when culverts became clogged with sediment and an unusually high volume of water. One section of Rendezvous Road was so wet last week that a new culvert floated in the...
Landline phone service only working for local calls in Methow Valley

Landline phone service only working for local calls in Methow Valley

People in the Methow Valley can make phone calls on landlines only to other landlines in the Methow Valley and can also only get incoming calls from other landlines in the valley. Because the outage affects long-distance calls, it means people cannot call 911 …
County, state to discuss fire plan, forest thinning

County, state to discuss fire plan, forest thinning

Okanogan County Emergency Management and the Washington Department of Natural Resources are holding the next meeting about the National Fire Plan, which helps with fuels reduction and thinning in the county, later this month. The main topics to be covered include selection of new areas for fuels reduction for which they will apply for funding,...
New county notification system provides customized warnings

New county notification system provides customized warnings

The county is making wider use of a new mass-notification system that provides customized warnings via phone, cell phone, text message or email about threats and emergencies. When signing up, people can request notifications for up to five locations. For example, someone might request alerts for a home address, work, and addresses of parents, children...
How to get emergency warnings

How to get emergency warnings

There are several ways to get warnings about hazardous weather or flash floods and other emergencies. People can sign up to receive alerts through a new warning system offered by Okanogan County. These alerts can come by text message, email, mobile …
Community briefs: May 20, 2015

Community briefs: May 20, 2015

Cruise-In rolls into Twisp Cruise-In 2015, hosted by Methow Valley Motorheads, launches tonight (May 20) at Twisp Town Park beginning at 5:30 p.m. The free event features antique and classic cars, trucks and motorcycles. For more information, call (509) 341-4255 or (509) 860-1610. Other Cruise-Ins will be held on June 17 at River Bend RV...
Community briefs: May 13, 2015

Community briefs: May 13, 2015

Eat and shop in Mazama Bring your appetite and shopper’s sharp eye to the Mazama Community Club’s pancake breakfast and flea market on May 23 from 8 a.m.-noon. Cost of the breakfast is $6, or free for children 5 and under. For information about the breakfast or to volunteer as a helper, call 996-7897. If...