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WSDOT has closed U.S. 97A just north of Wenatchee for fire response. They are asking everyone to stay out of the area.
This is a Okanogan County Alerts notification - for Wed., July 7 at 2:18 p.m. OKANOGAN COUNTY - Due to lightening strikes and transmission line outage, Okanogan County PUD and BPA has requested load conservation to keep the Okanogan PUD system intact.   If power load increases,  circuits will...

Ana Trejo is the new Pateros librarian.
PATEROS – Ana Trejo, a 2014 graduate and class valedictorian at Bridgeport High School, is the new Pateros librarian for North Central Washington libraries. An NCW Libraries media release said Trejo has served as the customer service technician at the Bridgeport and Brewster library branches for...

Mike Maltais/QCH A groundhog-woodchuck-whistlepig (take your pick) gets some rays on a sunny rocky slope where it makes its home.

Courtesy indiawest.com Secretary of Health Umair A. Shah, MD
OLYMPIA – Officials from the Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH) and the Vaccine Command and Coordination System (VACCS) Center held a virtual COVID-19 media briefing last Wednesday, June 30, acknowledging the official Washington Ready reopening of the state. Secretary of Health Umair A...

Courtesy City of Pateros An upgrade of the downtown breezeway has been recommended as one use for American Rescue Plan Act funds awarded to the city.
PATEROS – The Pateros City Council adopted a street closure policy, updated its Facilities Use Agreement form, approved a projector/screen proposal, and learned where recently approved American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds can be applied at its regular monthly meeting on June 21. Earlier in June...
OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Public Health announced three heat-related deaths in Okanogan County last week. Residents are encouraged to check on friends and neighbors, especially those who are older and most vulnerable, when temperatures are high. A heat advisory was in effect for much of the county...
NCW - As the Fourth of July nears and the weather soars past 100 degrees, Wenatchee Valley Humane Society offers advice for pet owners around the valley. Wenatchee Valley Animal Care and Control sees a significant rise in lost animals around the days leading up to the Fourth of July and days...

Mike Maltais/QCH Water courses over the spillway at Grand Coulee Dam as part of the Bureau of Reclamation operations to maintain flood control levels in the Columbia River. According to its website usbr.gov/pn/grandcoulee/lakelevel/index.html the range of water elevation for Lake Roosevelt is 1,208 to 1,290 (full pool) feet. The lake level was predicted to reach 1,278.82 feet by May 31. Lake level forecasts are updated by 3 p.m. each day. Call 1-800-824-4916 for the updated 24-hour forecast.
PATEROS – Reserve the third weekend of July for Apple Pie Jamboree that will run from Friday, July 16 through Sunday, July 18. The annual event brings together the best of our community to raise money for local students, clubs, and community groups.     •    Vendors, kids’ games, jet ski races on...

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