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  OLYMPIA – To mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, the environmental movement received a gift it would have been just as happy to forego. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) acknowledged the occasion by announcing a rollback of...
  WATERVILLE – Six days after a structure fire destroyed a building on April 16, in the 100 block of E. Locust St. and caused the temporary closure of U.S. 2, Douglas County officials discovered a body in the debris believed to be the property’s owner. Last Wednesday, April 22, Douglas County...
  PATEROS – City council members held their regular monthly meeting by Zoom conference on April 20 and discussed issues from city project finances to high school graduation. City Administrator Jord Wilson said in his report that city works projects are on hold while the effect of COVID-19...

Arborist Jord Wilson, foreground, Ryan Sisler, and David Hunter plant a tree along Lakeshore Drive. Courtesy Jord Wilson, City of Pateros
PATEROS – Cancellation of the city’s favorite events, the Arbor Day Celebration scheduled for Friday, April 24, did not dampen the spirits of City Administrator Jord Wilson and city public works personnel from digging in and planting new trees to honor the occasion. A public works crew comprised of...

A Brewster police deputy, right, was among volunteers on hand. Courtesy Neal McKee, Brewster Food Bank
BREWSTER – The Brewster Food Bank and Second Harvest combined forces to coordinate a one-time truck delivery food distribution day on April 13 for food bank customers. Food Bank manager Neal McKee said the specially equipped truck was provided by Second Harvest in Spokane after he responded to an...
  OKANOGAN – On Tuesday, April 21, the county board of commissioners and the Okanogan County Public Health Officer John F. McCarthy, MD, revised a joint resolution passed on April 14 under Governor Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order relating to overnight transient accommodations (OTAs) and...
    Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris reports that the remains were discovered at about 2:13 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, among trees and brush on a hillside in the 2700 block of Tacoma Avenue.   “The scene was investigated, and the remains were removed,” said Morris. “Although...
  OKANOGAN – The COVID-19 update issued by Okanogan County Emergency Management (OCEM) on Thursday, April 23, reported 19 confirmed cases of the virus – and the county’s first fatality from the disease. “Okanogan County Public Health and The Colville Tribes is extremely saddened to report the...
  EAST WENATCHEE - As of Monday, April 27 there are 95 positive cases of COVID19 in Chelan County, up from 75 on April 20 and 73 cases in Douglas County, up from 28.  On April 21 Stemilt Ag Services reported they had proactively tested 71 asymptomatic team members at an isolated East Wenatchee...
  OKANOGAN – The COVID-19 update issued by Okanogan County Emergency Management (OCEM) on Thursday, April 23, reported 19 confirmed cases of the virus – and the county’s first fatality from the disease. “Okanogan County Public Health and The Colville Tribes is extremely saddened to report the first...

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