SEDRO WOOLLEY – The National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) invite the public to participate in a series of informational open houses regarding the proposed alternatives for the restoration of grizzly bears to the North Cascades Ecosystem.
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Velma Rae (Brandfas) Utt, age 75, left this earth and was reunited with her beloved grandmother and other family members. She was born June 13, 1941 in New Plymouth, Idaho to parents William Henry and Ida Merle (Hovey) Brandfas.
Dana Dorris Dooley, who resided in Paris, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, January 12, 2017, in Paris. She was born December 4, 1926, in Midway, Arkansas to the late Vollie Mullings and Sallie (Griffith) Mullings.
OLYMPIA – At a special meeting this morning, the Board of Natural Resources elected Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz as its chair. Washington voters recently elected Franz as the state’s 14th Lands Commissioner to manage the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and administer the agency’s $325 million annual budget.
OKANOGAN – Due to bitterly cold temperatures, energy demand in Okanogan County hit a record breaking 178 megawatts at 8 a.m. Thursday morning, Jan. 12. This surpassed a previous historic load record of 173 megawatts set in December 2008.
UNION GAP – Worsening air quality conditions in North Central Washington are prompting Stage 1 burn bans to be added for Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties, and an existing ban to extend in Kittitas County over the weekend and through the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
SPOKANE – A Stage 1 burn ban has been called for Okanogan County, beginning at 4 p.m. today, Jan. 6, and extended for Stevens County at least until noon, Monday, Jan. 9. Air quality conditions have worsened in these two Northeastern Washington counties, particularly for sensitive groups.
Helen J. (Hale) Mahugh, age 92, a long-time resident of the Northport and Colville communities passed away on January 1, 2017, after a short illness. She was born March 20, 1924, in Canora, Saskatchewan, Canada to parents Peter Hale and Florence Wilhelmina Orns Hale.
As snow continues to fall deep in the Pasayten and Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness areas, some folks are already planning their guided trip into the most remote areas of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest next summer. Some Forest staff are also planning over the winter; completing an environmental analysis of how to best provide necessary public access to these wilderness areas while balancing wilderness impacts and use in the years ahead.
Lewis Charles Barnett, age 91 of Oroville, passed away on Saturday, November 17, 2016 at North Valley Extended Care in Tonasket. He was born November, 14, 1925 in Bremerton, Washington to parents Almor and Sarah Barnett.