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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...
County gets new emergency manager

County gets new emergency manager

By Marcy Stamper Maurice Goodall takes over as the county’s new emergency manager on Wednesday (April 1). Goodall retired this week after more than 25 years as a trooper with the Washington State Patrol (WSP). He has also been the volunteer grounds manager for the Okanogan County Fairgrounds over the past several years. Goodall knows...
County reorganizing emergency management functions

County reorganizing emergency management functions

By Marcy Stamper
Okanogan County is reorganizing its approach to emergency management, moving the job back under the county commissioners instead of the Sheriff’s Office. The change was prompted by a reevaluation of the …
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 …