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OLYMPIA/YAKIMA – The first two cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in Washington this year have been reported by the Yakima County Health District and Benton-Franklin Health District. The Yakima County resident, a man in his 50’s, was hospitalized due to the infection. The Benton County resident, a man...
NCW – Dozens of historic deadly wildfires continue to consume millions of acres in the west, especially in California and Oregon where tens of thousands of people have been forced to evacuate.    Here in Washington our focus is on providing shelter and care to those impacted by evacuations...
OLYMPIA – From backyard barbecues to diving in to your favorite swimming hole, Labor Day weekend is not only an opportunity to reflect on the contributions America’s labor force has made to our country, but for many, it is also a time to celebrate the unofficial end of the summer season. The...
NCW - Third graders in Chelan and Douglas counties are invited to participate in the annual Link Transit Artlink Bus Pass Design Contest. Winning designs appear on bus passes and a traveling community display with appearances in a variety of community venues including Pybus Public Market....

Denise Sorom, Director of Philanthropy Community Foundation of North Central Washington
When the pandemic hit our communities and schools closed in March, we knew that the impact on our children would not only be academic.  Schools provide children with steady routines, nutritious meals, and the watchful eyes of adults who identify signs of stress, abuse, hunger, or other hardship....
Newest numbers. The Department of Health reported a total of 71,705 confirmed cases as of 11:59 pm on August 24. There have been 1,876 COVID-19 deaths in Washington. For the most recent tally of cases by county, demographics, and more, visit the Department of Health's dashboard and the state’s...
Tumwater -- Recent state data show adults ages 20 to 39 represent a higher percentage of coronavirus cases than any other age group in the state. This comes as vaping among teens and young adults in our state has also skyrocketed, with nearly 30 percent of high school seniors saying they use vapor...

David George Gordon Courtesy NCRL
NCW - Can a frog survive being frozen in a block of ice? Do winged horses actually exist? What about egg-laying mammals or fishes that fall like rain from the sky?   Join naturalist David George Gordon as he takes you on a guided tour of a extraordinary animals — both real and imagined — in a free...
  WENATCHEE - On August 13 the Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) held its quarterly meeting.  It is the second time this year for WAEF directors to meet via video conference.  Elections of board members and officers had been postponed from their traditional May schedule with the intent...
TUMWATER — The start of the school year soon means a return to limits on the number of hours teens can work, even with remote or virtual learning.   “We’re already receiving questions from businesses about the hours students are allowed to work,” said Josie Bryan, Youth Employment specialist...

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