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OLYMPIA – Customers can now benefit from a sales tax exemption on the purchase and installation of qualified solar energy systems. The exemption covers all sales tax paid on the purchase and installation of solar energy systems that generate up to 100 kilowatts (kW) AC of electricity. The exemption...
OLYMPIA – After expanding laboratory space and purchasing improved equipment, the Department of Health’s Newborn Screening Program is testing babies for additional rare congenital disorders and plans to add more conditions in the near future. “We save lives by testing all babies born in Washington...
WENATCHEE  -The Resource Advisory Committee for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will meet on June 13 to discuss potential funding for projects that benefit watersheds and forest-related resources on national forest lands in Okanogan and Chelan counties. Twenty-three projects will be reviewed...
BRIDGEPORT / PATEROS -  The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is beginning a public process that will lead to long-term recreation and land-use plans for Alta Lake and Bridgeport state parks, located in Okanogan County. The public is invited to attend the first several planning...
WENATCHEE - The Resource Advisory Committee for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest will meet on two upcoming dates to discuss potential funding for projects that benefit watersheds and forest-related resources on national forest lands in Okanogan, Chelan, Kittitas, and Yakima Counties. Thirty-...
VANCOUVER – Governor Jay Inslee has signed EHB 1638, updating Washington state’s school and child care immunization requirements to remove the personal/philosophical exemption for the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. “Measles outbreaks across the US demonstrate why this bill is so vitally...
OLYMPIA -- Recently released Healthy Youth Survey data show a high and increasing number of Washington youth reported feeling so sad or hopeless they stopped a usual activity or seriously considered suicide in the past year. The number of students who reported feeling anxious, nervous or on edge or...
Wenatchee -  Firewood cutting permits went on sale at all Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest offices on May 1. Even though firewood cutting permits have been available for purchase since April 1 at the Tonasket Ranger District office, most woodcutting areas have been inaccessible due to snow and...
Wenatchee -  Mientras la nieve se derrite a lo largo de las elevaciones menores de Entiat valley, la guardabosques del distrito de Entiat, Kari Grover Wier, está redoblando los esfuerzos para lo que podría ser una temporada de setas extraordinaria en las áreas afectadas por el incendio de Cougar...
Wenatchee - As snow melts off along lower elevations in the Entiat valley, Acting Entiat District Ranger Kari Grover Wier is ramping up for what could be a bumper mushroom season in areas burned by the Cougar Creek Fire last year. By the first weekend in May, her staff will have designated...

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