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    OLYMPIA - The falling leaves and colder weather can mean only one thing - snow and ice are just around the corner. With the changing seasons, now is the perfect time for travelers to shift their focus towards winter driving.   The Washington State Department of Transportation urges all...

Rio Tinto Project Engineer, Amber Carver, discusses reclamation work on toxic mine tailing piles above Railroad Creek with District Ranger, Kari Grover-Wier, on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest near Holden Village, WA in August, 2016. Photo Credit: USDA Forest Service by Holly Krake
  CHELAN - The USDA Forest Service recently completed a five year review at the Holden Mine remediation site to evaluate if the construction of the past five years is performing as it should. This review studied water quality, soil contamination, and other aspects of protecting human health and the...
  OLYMPIA - More than 4.3 million Washingtonians have already received ballots to participate in the 2018 General Election, and thousands of eligible but unregistered voters have until Monday afternoon, Oct. 29, to join them and participate.   In-person voter registration is available in each of...
OLYMPIA --  The Washington State Department of Health and four local public health agencies are investigating an additional report a child who had symptoms matching AFM. This brings the number of cases under investigation to six. All children had sudden onset of paralysis in one or more limbs. The...
The Community Foundation of NCW has chosen the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society to receive its $50,000 Endowment Grant. The Endowment Grant is a competitive grant open every other year to 501c3 nonprofit organizations in Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties. The grant provides the recipient with...

Image taken from a viewpoint overlooking the Cougar Creek Fire.
Editor's Note: There will be a community meeting tonight, 6:00 pm at the Entiat Fire Station #8 in Entiat. Community members will have the opportunity to hear about fire updates and ask questions.   ENTIAT (July 31, 2018: 7:30 pm)   Acres: 803 Containment: 0% Location: 20 miles...
5:50am, Sunday, 8/1/2018 - The American Red Cross has opened a wildfire evacuation shelter in Chelan, WA for evacuees of the #NavarreCouleeFire. Anyone needing shelter or assistance due to the fire can go to:     Red Cross Evacuation Shelter (OPEN AT 1am)    Chelan High School  215...
Wenatchee--(July 31, 2018) - Continuing hot, dry weather, worsening fire danger, and scarcity of firefighting resources due to current large fires burning throughout the west have prompted forest officials to expand campfire restrictions to include the entire Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest....

Grade Creek Road No. 8200 will be closed Mondays through Thursdays for approximately six weeks. The closure starts May 16 and is estimated to end by June 30. The road will be open Thursdays starting at 6 p.m. and remain open all day long on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Map courtesy of USFS
  WENATCHEE —The Grade Creek Road No. 8200 will be closed Mondays through Thursdays for approximately six weeks. The closure is for public safety while gravel is hauled on the road and repairs are made to fire suppression related damage to the road during the Uno Peak Fire in 2017...

Boat launch at Kirby Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park is closed. Chelan PUD boat launches on the Rocky Reach Reservoir – Beebe Bridge and Chelan Falls – will remain open at this time.
  WENATCHEE – Chelan PUD is closing all of its public boat launches on the Rock Island reservoir due to the high river flows as a result of the rapid snowmelt into the Columbia River from several river tributaries. This will affect the following launches:  Kirby Billingsley Hydro Park and Orondo...

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