The trial over the legality of a small cabin built atop Flagg Mountain in Mazama concluded last week with oral closing arguments and a visit to the cabin site by Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Chris Culp, who is expected to make a ruling in October. Attorney David Bricklin, who is representing the plaintiffs in […]
Fire managers reported 100-percent containment on all three major wildfires in the Methow Valley as of Monday (Aug. 25). Fire activity on the Upper Falls Fire, which burned 8,100 acres in the Chewuch drainage, is limited to smoldering in heavy dead and downed fuels. Crews are continuing suppression-repair work on the fire. The Little Bridge […]
By Don Nelson When they heard, they came. Several dozen friends and neighbors who responded to word-of-mouth networking swarmed through and around the home of Bob Elk and Janie Lewis on Friday afternoon (Aug. 22) to haul away belongings and shove thick, slimy mud out the back door one shovelful at a time. Volunteers toted […]
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 …
By Marcy Stamper
Just days after committing federal funds to help rebuild public infrastructure destroyed in the wildfire, President Obama denied a separate request for assistance to individuals who lost homes and property in the fires. Gov. Jay Inslee intends to appeal the president’s denial of a major disaster declaration for individual assistance under Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The individual assistance program …
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.
By Marcy Stamper
At least three full-time disaster case managers will be hired to help people displaced by the fire get one-on-one assistance for their most urgent needs. The Community Foundation of North Central Washington is investing $100,000 from its general fund to pay for the specialists. They will be located in Twisp at Room One, …
By Marcy Stamper
With rain falling on local fires last week—more than an inch in some places—and cooler temperatures, fire crews have been able to get closer to the two most active fires, the Little Bridge Creek Fire in the Twisp River drainage, and the Upper Falls Fire in the Chewuch drainage.
Final returns from the Aug. 5 primary election show Methow Valley resident Dave Rodriguez, chief criminal deputy for the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office, with a substantial lead in the race for county coroner going into the November general election. Tallies from the county auditor’s office show Rodriguez with 3,758 votes (62 percent) in one of […]
A motorcyclist and his passenger, both from Oregon, were hospitalized Sunday (Aug. 17) with injuries resulting from a three-motorcycle crash on Highway 20 about four miles west of Mazama, according to the Washington State Patrol (WSP). The WSP report said that motorcycle operated by Alain P. Cote, 59, of Calgary, Alberta, another motorcycle operated by […]