LEAVENWORTH — For weeks, firefighters assigned to the Wolverine Fire cut trees, cleared brush and removed or chipped the downed fuel to build a 300-foot wide, 26-mile fireline stretching across the Wenatchee River Ranger District.
SEATTLE — In more than three decades of field work, Mauri Pelto has taken the measure of Washington’s glaciers during seasons of record-breaking snow and years that broke skiers’ hearts. But he’s never seen anything like this summer.
SEATTLE — Federal scientists based in Seattle and Alaska have found that oil — by impairing heart functions — can cause serious harm to herring and salmon at far lower concentrations than previously documented.
CHELAN — Progress has been made, but homes and other structures continue to be threatened by the Chelan Complex fires that have already destroyed 35 residences and 21 outbuildings around Lake Chelan and farther north.
LEAVENWORTH – A preliminary proposal to rebuild one dam and make changes at six other lakes used for water storage in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness west of Leavenworth has one environmental group pushing for an alternative.
ENTIAT — An infestation of mountain pine beetles has prompted the U.S. Forest Service to close the Cottonwood Campground on the Entiat Ranger District until trees can be removed. Beetles in recent years have killed lodgepone pine trees in the popular campground, and those trees are now at risk of falling, a Forest Service news release said.
BRIDGEPORT — Hundreds came Thursday to celebrate the new, $50 million hatchery, its concrete raceways, its incubation building, its state-of-the-art plans to raise and release 2.9 million chinook salmon while protecting their wild cousins. The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation officially opened the Chief Joseph Hatchery bordering the southwest corner of their reservation.
CHESAW — Despite efforts to work closely over the last five years, the company extracting gold from the Buckhorn Mine near Chesaw and an environmental group that monitors it are likely headed to court, representatives from both groups say. David Kliegman, executive director of the Okanogan Highlands Alliance, said the Buckhorn Mine has failed to establish a working system to collect groundwater, and continues to discharge pollutants that exceed water quality limits.
NCW — The Okanogan and Stehekin rivers are expected to reach flood stage today, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning from today through Tuesday. With a flood stage of 24 feet, the Stehekin River hit 23.47 feet this afternoon, and is expected to spill over its bank onto the Stehekin Valley Road late today or tonight, the Weather Service said. McGregor Meadows Road, Torbert Pasture and part of the Harlequin Campground may flood between today and Monday, when the river is forecast to fluctuate between 24 ...