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Pub Ready for Business After Fire in Twisp

The fires in North Central Washington have made life miserable for those worried about their homes. One area businessman says the situation has many worried about their livelihoods. The small town of Twisp, Washington is a destination for holiday travelers in the summer months. But at the Twisp River Pub, things have been very bad the last week. The power has been out for days, and they’ve had to make due with a generator brought in from Seattle.

Owner and manager Aaron Studen says power to the town was being restored today. And he says things have actually improved dramatically since just a few days ago. The air is clear of smoke, and evacuation notices have been downgraded. He says the first hit was losing business for an entire week at the peak of the season.

Studen: “We lost a lot of food when the coolers went down and we lost revenue when we were closed , that was the first hit, the second hit is going to be the decreased traffic from the perception the valley is all burnt up.”

Studen says the worst day was early in the week , when they could see the fire only two miles from town.

Steve was part of the Spokane Public Radio family for many years before he came on air in 1999. His wife, Laurie, produced Radio Ethiopia in the late 1980s through the '90s, and Steve used to “lurk in the shadowy world” of Weekend SPR. Steve has done various on air shifts at the station, including nearly 15 years as the local Morning Edition host. Currently, he is the voice of local weather and news during All Things Considerd, writing, editing, producing and/or delivering newscasts and features for both KPBX and KSFC. Aside from SPR, Steve ,who lives in the country, enjoys gardening, chickens, playing and listening to music, astronomy, photography, sports cars and camping.
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