Local officials press for better emergency communications net By Ann McCreary In the three years since the Carlton Complex Fire burned 420 square miles in the Methow Valley, knocking out power and disrupting most forms of communication for more than a week, Soo Ing-Moody has become a crusader for improved communications in the Methow Valley […]
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New wireless communication tower proposed for Loup Loup
The Methow Valley Ranger District is considering issuing a permit for construction of a 195-foot-tall lattice communication tower on Little Buck Mountain, above the Loup Loup Ski Bowl.
The tower would provide transmission for the cell-phone provider T-Mobile, but it could …
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 …
Mazama-area resident appeals cell-tower upgrade
Fears radio emissions may be endangering her health By Ann McCreary After moving into her remodeled cabin on Davelaar Drive near Mazama last fall, Carolyn Burkhardt said she began experiencing some disturbing physical sensations. Burkhardt didn’t live at the cabin full-time, but during extended visits to her new cabin last fall and winter, she experienced […]
Communicating during a disaster
By Laurelle Walsh
The Carlton Complex Fire that began from four separate lightning strikes, merged into an unstoppable firestorm that triggered evacuations, and destroyed life and property. When the valley lost power, confusion and fear mounted, and many residents …