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County, cities, PUD working with FEMA on funds for fire-related damage repairs

County, cities, PUD working with FEMA on funds for fire-related damage repairs

By Marcy Stamper 

The process for providing money to the county, cities and public utilities to cover repairs from the recent wildfire is underway, with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) meeting eligible applicants last month. FEMA representatives met with representatives from Okanogan County, cities and towns, the Okanogan County Public Utility District...

Generosity after the fire — where does the relief money go?

Generosity after the fire — where does the relief money go?

By Marcy Stamper

In some ways, it’s a not a bad problem to have—how do you spend money to help people in need, particularly when it keeps flowing in? But with multiple fire-relief funds springing up around the region, both the groups managing the funds and the donors are wondering how the money...

State grant to promote tourism in county, valley

State grant to promote tourism in county, valley

By Don Nelson
The Methow Valley and Okanogan County will get some help from the state to promote the region’s beleaguered tourism industry, in the wake of devastating wildfires that discouraged untold potential visitors over the past several weeks. Gov. Jay Inslee announced Friday (Aug. 15) that he has approved a request from …...
Some plants are already sprouting after the fires

Some plants are already sprouting after the fires

By Marcy Stamper and Laurelle Walsh
Only two weeks after fire burned hundreds of square miles in this area, scientists have found 18-inch sprouts of Western sumac at Alta Lake and grasses and elderberry bushes emerging near melted irrigation lines along Beaver Creek.
Help from FEMA? 

Help from FEMA? 

Assessors with Washington state emergency management have been in the county this week to make initial estimates of fire-related damage to public infrastructure in towns and cities, water and sewer systems, powerlines and irrigation systems, according to Okanogan County Emergency Manager Scott Miller. This assessment is the first step in the process for applying to...