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What’s next for the Wolverine Fire’s huge contingency line?

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.

Volunteers needed for Douglas Creek project

WATERVILLE — The federal Bureau of Land Management is looking for volunteers to help spruce up areas of the Douglas Creek drainage on Saturday on National Public Lands Day.
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Discovering Charlie and the birds

Charlie Sheard is an early bird. He likes to head out shortly after sunrise, with binoculars in tow. It’s the real birds he’s after, just to look.

Disastrous’: Low snow, heat eat away at Northwest glaciers

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.

Progress made, but Chelan fires still growing

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.

Alpine Lakes dam offered as part of longterm water solution

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.
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Burned areas seeded with grasses, wheat

TWISP – Weather forecasters are expecting cooler weather and a chance of rain in the Methow Valley over the next few days, and that's a good thing in the eyes of the Okanogan Conservation District.

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.

PUD plans erosion work at Walla Walla Point Park

WENATCHEE — Time and the Columbia River have eroded parts of the shoreline at the Chelan County PUD’s popular Walla Walla Point Park, and plans are getting started to repair the damage.

Cottonwood Campground closed by pine beetles

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.
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Chief Joseph Hatchery: A promise from the past holds promise for the future

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.

Group plans to sue over Buckhorn Mine water quality

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.