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  SEATTLE  – More than 11 million Americans live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including more than 330,000 people in Washington.  While there is no cure for COPD, there are treatment options that can drastically improve quality of life for thousands.  During the month of...
  UNION GAP – Weather conditions have improved, allowing the Washington Department of Ecology to lift a Stage 1 burn ban for Okanogan County at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. The burn ban started Nov. 9 due to stagnant air over North Central Washington, putting communities in the region at risk...
  OKANOGAN -- The Okanogan County Public Health Water Laboratory will close from Wednesday, November 21 through Friday, November 23, in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday. No samples will be accepted on those days. Regular laboratory service will resume on Monday, Nov. 26.  For more information,...
  OLYMPIA – Recreation and outdoor enthusiasts have two more opportunities to visit Washington’s state parks for free in 2018. On these free days, day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass for vehicle access. The two free days are Sunday, Nov. 11 and Friday, Nov. 23. Since the free days were...
  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 travelers...
  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....
OLYMPIA – As of Friday, August 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.    “We’ve had 47 wildfires started by campfires this year,”...
OKANOGAN - Erin Niemi at Okanogan County has won the Ernst Scholarship from PRIA.  The scholarship provides a one year membership to PRIA (Property Records Industry Association) and free attendance (including travel) to a PRIA national conference. “I am extremely proud of Erin for taking the...
East Wenatchee – Summer is almost over and kids are heading back to school. Are your child’s immunizations up-to-date? Here is an easy way to get your child’s immunizations records and find out.   MyIR allows you to access your child’s vaccine records and print a Certificate of Immunization Status...

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