[5/22/19] Campfire Safety

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Sitting around a campfire is one of the special times we all enjoy, but campfires are also a major cause of wildfires. May is Wildfire Awareness Month, and the Pacific Northwest Coordination Group urges campers to follow these basic outdoor safety tips: Before going camping, always contact the forest district, agency or landowner first to […]

[5/21/19] Drought Declaration

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Gov. Jay Inslee has expanded a drought emergency declaration to cover nearly half of Washington state including the Chelan, Entiat and Wenatchee watersheds. The governor announced the initial emergency drought declaration April 4 for the Methow, Okanogan and Upper Yakima basins. “The emergency declaration allows us to expedite emergency water right permitting and make funds […]


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After a nice stretch of warm dry weather last week, it’s a great reminder to be fire ready while you can. Recently, the Okanogan Conservation District kicked off a series of well attended Landowner Boot Camps. But time is running out to get in on the program. Here’s Okanogan Conservation District Community Outreach Director Kirsten […]

[4/26/19] Ducks Unlimited

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Ducks Unlimited recently announced the top volunteer chapters across the nation honored in three categories: Chairman’s Roll of Honor, President’s Elite and President’s Roll of Honor. This year’s President’s Roll of Honor chapters from Washington include the Quincy Chapter of Ducks Unlimited for raising over $65,000 to support conservation efforts. “These fundraising events are the […]

[4/25/19] Methow Headwaters

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After more than five years work by Methow Valley community members, government agencies, and government officials from both sides of the isle,  the John D. Dingle Jr Conservation Management and Recreation Act was signed by President Donald Trump. The Act provides protection for the Methow Headwaters. Maggie Coon, Board Chair for the Methow Valley Citizens […]

[4/15/19] Microsoft Hydro-power Contract

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041519 Monday News Historic Hydropower Contract Last week Microsoft Corp. announced new agreements to boost clean energy and connectivity in Washington state. The two agreements with Chelan County Public Utility District (PUD) will see Microsoft receive carbon-free electricity to power its Puget Sound campuses and partner with the PUD on broadband connectivity in Chelan County.   […]

[4/10/19] Ecology Restoration

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Fines paid for water quality violations in Washington in the last few years will fund $331,000 in projects designed to restore local ecosystems.  The Washington Department of Ecology is awarding up to $45,000 for each of 12 projects that will improve water quality through environmental enhancements. Nine projects are located in eastern Washington, including 3 […]

[4/9/19] Arbor Advice

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Community members can help Chelan PUD keep the lights on by choosing trees and shrubs to plant that are utility friendly, water frugal and fire resistant. Bill Sanborn, PUD arborist and vegetation manager, said a little time spent reading the tag on a tree or shrub seedlings can have big returns in reducing the chance […]

[3/13/19] Cougar Control Bill Stuck in Legislature

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A bill to allow cougar hunting with dogs doesn’t appear to be getting out of the Legislature this session.