Advocacy

North Cascades Smokejumper Base

September 2018 Update

Unfortunately, we‘re all too aware that fire season is upon us again. With the Crescent Mountain and McLeod Fires still actively burning and the thick smoke from 500+ fires in British Columbia, we are constantly reminded that summer is fire season in the West. Despite all the doom and gloom, there are plenty of reasons to be thankful!

As a reminder, in April TwispWorks hosted and facilitated a meeting between the Pacific Northwest Regional Forester, Jim Peña along with many other Forest Service staff, and the NCSB Regional Partners (our working committee of locally elected officials and area experts). The purpose of the meeting was to establish multi-jurisdictional working partnerships to facilitate the timely advance of the USFS’ stated objective to maintain the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop.
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Rural Broadband and the Methow Valley

Because reliable, high speed internet plays such a vital role in the economic health of our valley, TwispWorks has identified rural broadband internet as a top priority advocacy issue and has been working to improve access for all residents. In the Spring of 2018, TwispWorks began leading the discussion convening meetings between our local internet service providers, governments and interested citizens.

The Partners for Rural Washington (PRW), through a grant from Communities of Concern, has teamed with TwispWorks, Okanogan County and the town of Twisp to perform a valley-wide, rural broadband internet needs assessment.
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