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Roger Harnack

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Perseids meteor shower may be visible from North-Central Washington

The optimal viewing time will be about 3 a.m. Thursday for residents and visitors interested in watching the meteor shower.

Rainier to offer living history program

Mount Rainier National Park will present "Shadows of the Past: a Living History" four times the evening of Aug. 22 at Longmire.

Chelan Falls Park closed to public

Firefighting crews battling the Wolverine and other area fires have established a base camp at Chelan Falls Park.

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Baldy Fire expected to burn 2 months

Slight rain expected to help slow fire growth today

Despite a light rainfall today, officials fighting the Baldy Fire in Colville National Forest said this morning that they expect it will take nearly two months before the blaze is contained.

Highway 8 Fire threatens Roosevelt, then advances northward

Gusty winds are fanning the flames of the Highway 8 Fire near Roosevelt; hundreds of residents evacuated.

Caller impersonating state patrol trooper

The Washington State Patrol is investigating complaints from residents receiving calls from someone falsely identifying themselves as a trooper.

State ferry fees increasing

The Washington State Transportation Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to increase ferry fees.

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New fire burning near Ione

The Baldy Fire has grown to about 300 acres in the last 48 hours in Pend Oreille County, Colville National Forest officials said.

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Residents, workers evacuated by boat, helicopter

Ash from Wolverine Fire reported falling in Methow Valley

The Wolverine Fire exploded yesterday, growing to more than 15,760 acres and prompting evacuations by boat and by helicopter.

Fiery crash closes highway through Cle Elum

State Highway 97 was closed through town for more than 13 hours Saturday after a crash ignited a gasoline tanker.

Newby Fire sending smoke skyward, again

North Okanogan County residents will likely notice more smoke emanating from the Newby Lake Fire, but officials say the fire perimeter is secure.

Orient-area fire expected to see minimal growth

The North Boulder 2 Fire is burning in heavy timber and had already consumed about 280 acres in Colville National Forest.

Teenager killed, three others injured in I-90 crash

One teenage woman was killed and three injured in a one-vehicle crash along Interstate 90 yesterday.

Fire prompts detour along Pacific Crest Trail

Fire expected to reach Pacific Crest Trail; officials post detour for backpackers

Motorcyclist hits moose

Interstate 90 traffic slowed near Medical Lake after motorcyclist collides with moose

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Wolverine Fire grows to 1,526 acres

Level 3 evacuations ordered for Riddle Creek and Lightning areas; Holden Village and Lucerne will receive Level 3 notices tomorrow

Fire-related weather warnings issued

A Fire Weather Watch will be in effect from 2-11 p.m. for the Wenatchee Valley, Waterville Plateau and Grand Coulee area. And a Hazardous Weather Outlook has been issued for Ferry County and the Okanogan Highlands through next Wednesday.

Yakama tribal members sentenced in eagle killings

Court records show Willard Phillip Maldonado, 41, of Union Gap, and Austin Henry Phillips, 39, of Granger, had killed eagles, and that Maldonado was selling their parts through social media

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Motorcyclist killed in head-on collision

Eastmont Extension is closed while authorities investigate the crash that claimed the life of Brett B. Hendrick, 23 of East Wenatchee

Goode Fire burning in mountains northwest of Stehekin

A new fire is burning about 1,000 feet above Five Mile Camp near Goode Mountain in the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.

New fire burning near Loon Lake

State officials close state Highway 395 between Clayton and Loon Lake due to brush fire.

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SeaDoo hits, lands atop boat

Osoyoos Lake crash sends teenager and her aunt to hospital.

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Send message on gas tax increase

The cost to live in rural Eastern Washington is about to go up. But there is a way to mitigate the costs of recreating and working here.

Cyclist found dead on U.S. 2

Motorists find Columbia Falls, Mont., man's body about 22 miles west of Leavenworth.

Contract approved for work on Cle Elum Dam

A Bellingham-based company has won the $4.5 million contract to complete necessary earthwork for a new fish passage to Cle Elum Dam.

Stork stepping down from TwispWorks

TwispWorks to begin search for new executive director

Four killed in crash west of Davenport

Okanogan County residents Jake Walter, Georgina Walter, Logan Walter and George Friedlander were killed at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday in a head-on crash west of Davenport.

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Apple Pie Jamboree watercross results

Here are the results from watercross racing Saturday and Sunday on the Columbia River in Pateros, Wash.

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State grants funding a shell game

Given Olympia’s three-session budgeting fiasco this year, lawmakers should reconsider handing the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board millions of dollars to give away. Most of that money would be better left in the pockets of taxpayers, rather than unwittingly gambling on another shell game with little or no real public benefit.

Interstate 90 reopens through fire area

The state Department of Transportation has reopened Interstate 90 between Vantage and George as wildfire activity moves way from the highway and smoke dissipates.

Helicopter crash lands while assigned to fire fight

Pilot auto-rotates aircraft to the ground and safely walks away from crash landing after engine failure.

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Wildhorse Fire grows to 120 acres

Mount Hull area fire is one of 12 to start today in Okanogan County

Whistler Canyon Trail closed due to wildfire burning northwest of Summit Lake

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Wildfire prompts closure of Interstate 90

Grant County crews are battling a wildfire affecting traffic on Interstate 90 between Vantage and George.

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New Red Flag Warning issued as Pateros prepares for fire anniversary

As the city of Pateros prepares for the observance of the one-year anniversary of the Carlton Complex Fire, meteorologists have issued a new Red Flag Warning for potential fires

School bus, truck collide west of Osoyoos

The location of the crash is north of the Nighthawk border crossing

British Columbia officials have closed Canadian Highway 3 about 12 miles west of Osoyoos.

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Phoenix symbolism fits Pateros

Take time Saturday to head to Pateros to help the community celebrate its rebirth. Take time to learn what it means to be “Pateros Strong.”

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Helicopters still searching for downed plane

Helicopter crews using electronic, visual means to search for aircraft that crashed Saturday.

Phones out in Coulee City

A fiber-optic line problem has knocked out all telephone service to Coulee City.

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Plane crash survivor walks out of North Cascades

Girl claiming to be crash victim walks out of the mountains on Easy Pass trailhead.

Search under way for swimmer missing in Banks Lake

The Grant County Sheriff's Office resumed searching today for the body of a man who went missing in Banks Lake last night.

Douglas County officials battling several new fires

The state has mobilized fire crews for several new blazes in Douglas County. The fires were started by lightning Friday evening, Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal said Saturday morning.

Lightning starts five more fires in Okanogan County

Five new fires were started by lightning Friday night in Okanogan County.

Holden Village trails closed due to fire

Wolverine Fire burning three miles north of Lucerne continues to grow; officials close trails leading into nearby Holden Village

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Extreme groups try bully tactics

Recognize environmental lawsuits for what they are — bully tactics to coerce public employees to conform to their extreme political agendas.

Williams Fire reportedly 40 percent contained

Officials have reopened the Douglas Falls Campground and lifted all fire evacuation levels as crews keep blaze to 332 acres.

Newby Lake fire moving southeast

According to Canadian wildfire officials, the fire is burning in the Long Draw Creek area west of Goodenough Peak.

Wolverine Fire now visible in Lucerne

Officials continue Level 2 fire evacuation notices in Lucerne and Holden Village areas near Lake Chelan.

Asotin County fire grows to 2,500 acres in four hours

The state has authorized mobilization for a fire that started about 12:15 p.m. today and has already grown to 2,500 acres.

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Keller-area fire grows to 2,200 acres

Red Flag Warning has fire crews wary of possible fire expansion today

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Newby Lake Fire still active north of Arnold Peak

Fire burning brush and timber in remote area west of Keremeos, B.C., both north and south of the U.S.-Canada border.