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Floods slam fire-singed Methow Valley

Water and mud crashed through the home of Janie Lewis and Bob “Elk” Belgard on Thursday evening a mile south of Carlton on Highway 153. Ten homes were damaged and some roads were closed when heavy rains unleashed slides on land left bare by wildfires. This summer's natural catastrophes, said Erin Rosco, of Carlton, made the area the "Valley of Bad Luck."

DON SEABROOK / THE WENATCHEE WORLD

Water and mud crashed through the home of Janie Lewis and Bob “Elk” Belgard on Thursday evening a mile south of Carlton on Highway 153. Ten homes were damaged and some roads were closed when heavy rains unleashed slides on land left bare by wildfires. This summer's natural catastrophes, said Erin Rosco, of Carlton, made the area the "Valley of Bad Luck."

UPDATE - 12:13 AM
Death of elephant at zoo mourned, revives debate

Woodland Park Zoo's African elephant, 45-year-old Watoto, was euthanized Friday after she collapsed. The unexpected death underscored the debate over the humaneness of elephant captivity.

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