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...HEAVY RAINFALL MAY LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING ALONG THE EAST SLOPES OF THE NORTHERN CASCADES... .A BAND OF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP IN THE CASCADES FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING INTO THE AFTERNOON. THIS BAND WILL ALSO CONTAIN SOME EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORMS WITH LOCALLY HEAVIER RAINFALL RATES POSSIBLE WITH FLASH FLOODING POSSIBLE. THUNDERSTORMS

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Visitor spending at national park feeds local economy, says report

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SEDRO WOOLLEY — The North Cascades National Park complex attracted 809,000 visitors in 2012 and they spent $33 million in nearby communities and supported 370 jobs, a federal report released Monday says.

The park complex includes the North Cascades National Park and both the Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas.

Nationwide, the spending report showed $14.7 billion spent by 283 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park.

According to the report, most visitor spending supports jobs in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores (39 percent), hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfast inns (27 percent) and other amusement and recreation (20 percent).

To see the report, visit nature.nps.gov/socialscience/economics.cfm.

 

Reach Mike Irwin at 509-665-1179 or . Read his blog Everyday Business or follow him on Twitter at @MikeIrwinWW.

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