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State gearing up for drought

WENATCHEE -- This is shaping up to be one of the driest years on record for Washington, and state agencies and water users are gearing up for the challenges ahead.

Repairs to Rocky Reach units could cost more

WENATCHEE -- Permanent repairs to the four defective turbine/generating units at Rocky Reach Dam could cost as much as $4 million more than expected to ensure all parts last an extra 30 years.

Wanapum reservoir is headed back up as spillway repairs wind down

BEVERLY – Grant County PUD officials made an announcement Tuesday that marks the near-end of one of the utility’s greatest challenges in its 77-year history: Wanapum Dam’s cracked spillway is nearly fixed and the Columbia River behind it should be raised to its normal, operational level by month’s end.

Port slowdowns may have taken toll on area jobs

WENATCHEE — The jobless rate for Chelan and Douglas counties marked its second straight month of year-over-year increases to hit 8.8 percent in January, the state Employment Security Department reported Monday.

On the green streets

Wenatchee's St. Patrick's Day Parade, starting promptly at "7-ish" Tuesday night, partied its way down the red bricks of Orondo Avenue in the city's traditional 1-block stroll of silliness. And then they did it a second time, just for the fun of it.

Post-fire logging helps lower long-term fuel load

WENATCHEE – People who decide whether to log trees after a wildfire on national forests now have one more reason to do so: It can help prevent future wildfires for up to 40 years.

It’s festival time — bring on the Sandhill cranes

Sandhill cranes are a common sight this time of year around the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge as they gather energy for their migration north to Alaska for summer breeding. Othello hosts a annual festival teaching people about the birds and their migration. This year the Othello Sandhill Crane Festival will take place March 27-29. For more information on the event see the web at