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Commissioner Franz Seeks $55 million to protect rural communities

TUMWATER – Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz today unveiled a request to double the state’s wildfire fighting budget. The $55 million wildfire spending plan will improve wildfire response and create healthier forests.

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Washingtonians reminded of impending voter-registration deadlines for November General Election

OLYMPIA — With Washington’s vote-by-mail ballots scheduled to be sent to registered voters statewide before Oct. 19, there are only a few days left to conveniently register online or by mail for the Nov. 6 General Election.

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Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office urges public to vote in K9 contest

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office canine, Havoc, and his handler, Sergeant Tait Everett, have been selected among 29 other finalists nationwide for the Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Law Enforcement Giveaway. This contest affords the winner a fully-outfitted, K9-ready Chevrolet Tahoe for the Sheriff’s Office. To win, Sergeant Everett and K9 Havoc [...]

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Okanogan County first rural county in nation to provide opioid informaition via text

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Public Health was recently awarded a small grant to create a program to make it easier for people to get information on localized services regarding opioids.

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State Patrol to focus on distracted driving

Submitted by Captain Monica Alexander Government and Media Relations Olympia – Washington State Patrol (WSP) troopers will conduct a statewide emphasis on distracted driving from Friday, September 21 through Sunday, September 23, 2018. According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, distracted driving is the cause of 30 percent of traffic fatalities and makes up 23 percent of [...]

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Some campfires allowed; fire danger persists across forest

WENATCHEE – Beginning Monday Sept. 17, 2018, forest users will once again be able to have campfires in designated recreation sites, such as campgrounds, as well as most Wilderness areas. However, fire danger remains ‘Very High’ in Chelan, Kittitas, and Yakima Counties and ‘High’ in Okanogan Count

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Colville Tribes, FEMA sign historic agreement for flood recovery efforts on Tribal Reservation

NESPELEM – The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have signed an historic agreement paving the way for a nation-to-nation partnership in flood recovery.

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USFS, Northwest Fire Updates

Crescent Mountain Fire: Crews and aircraft held the fire at the Buttermilk ridge control line. Structural assessments of homes continue in the Libby Creek area near Carlton.

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Oroville wastewater treatment plant wins state Outstanding Award

OLYMPIA – Oroville’s wastewater treatment plant was deemed outstanding by the Department of Ecology, one of 111 in the state to be recognized. It was Oroville’s fifth consecutive year to receive the honor.

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Campfires banned on DNR-protected lands across Eastern Washington

OLYMPIA – As of Friday, Aug. 17, campfires are banned on all lands protected from wildfire by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) east of the Cascades. This ban joins many other jurisdictions that have also prohibited campfires.

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