The good things people are doing in this world

After a lull due to fire evacuations and smoke, work has resumed on Phase One reconstruction of homes lost in the Carlton Complex fires. Above, volunteer crews from North Creek Presbyterian Church, in Mill Creek, Washington, have started framing their FOURTH home for us. (In the photo they're joined by Christian Public Service volunteers.) New volunteers from Mill Plain, and Yakima, Washington, and from Eugene, Oregon, are scheduled to arrive this month; returning crews are coming in from Marysville and Chehalis...It's amazing the amount of good people can do when they put their hearts and minds to it.
      Meanwhile, two new homes have been completed. Here's a video from our first new home dedication--for Rebecca Zion's family in Brewster.


In other good news, our Blues for the Burn benefit concert was a success. More than 200 blues-lovers packed the Twisp River Pub to hear local favorites Too Slim and the Taildraggers, joined by Terry Lee Hardesty. Together, we raised the roof and over $3,000 for recovery efforts. Special thanks to producer Jimmy Smith, the Virginian Resort, Winthrop Music Association, K-ROOT and KCSY radio stations, the Methow Valley News and the Omak Chronicle for all their support. It takes a Valley! (Below, Terry Lee Hardesty, Jimmy Smith, and Too Slim pose with music (and Methow) fan Al Coyle of Cascade Radio.

Distinguished guests help focus public attention
The Carlton Complex Long Term Recovery Group has been honored to meet with a number of distinguished guests in the last two weeks--here to see for themselves two years of fire damage and one year of recovery efforts. Visitors have included Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Washington State senators and congresspeople, USDA and Farm Service Agency representatives, members of Governor Inslee's office, and Bishop Grant Hagiya of the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church--which has demonstrated outstanding organizational and fundraising leadership on our behalf.

In the photo below, Bishop Hagiya accepts a Certificate of Appreciation from Carlton Complex Long Term Recovery Group executive director Carlene Anders. Of the Conference's assistance efforts, Bishop Hagiya said, "It's work we should be doing." (With Anders and Hagiya is Juli Reinholz, superintendent of the UMC's Seven Rivers District.)

One thing we know about recovery is that it takes time and money. Your support is--literally--what keeps us going. Please consider making an online gift through theCommunity Foundation of North Central Washington--the most cost-effective way to make sure your dollars stay in the region. Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Thank you for your support!