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Feds’ wildfire aid to state tops $3.5 million

NCW — Federal aid to help the state recover from last summer’s historic wildfires has topped $3.5 million, much of it going to North Central Washington counties and PUDs.

Omak mill remains open

OMAK — Set to close early this year, Omak’s plywood mill has remained open thanks to a former CEO who came out of retirement to try to keep one of Okanogan County’s largest employers operating.

Parlette bills aim to dramatically boost prescribed burning

OLYMPIA — The state Department of Natural Resources would be directed to reduce wildfire risks through prescribed burning on all state lands that currently threaten vulnerable communities by the end of June, under a bill introduced by Sen. Linda Evans Parlette, R-Wenatchee.

Workshop offered for wildfire contractors

PATEROS — People interested in contracting their equipment, goods or services with state and federal agencies to help with this year’s wildfires are invited to a free workshop from 1-3:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 at the Pateros Fire Hall, 191 Industrial Way in Pateros.
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Brewster Gardens Apartment tenants get help

BREWSTER — After worrying for almost a year about where she would live when the Brewster Gardens Apartments no longer offered subsidized rent, Sherry McDonald had a nice surprise.

Grant helps repair Horse Lake trailhead

WENATCHEE — The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust received a $2,000 grant to help repair damages to the Horse Lake Reserve trailhead from the Sleepy Hollow Fire last summer.

Fireworks ban opponents warn lawmakers against acting in fear

WENATCHEE — Opponents of a bill that would waive the one-year waiting period for cities and counties to ban fireworks sales in emergency situations say lawmakers shouldn’t make decisions based on fear stemming from last year’s record-breaking fire season.

Coping workshops offered

OKANOGAN — Okanogan County residents who want to be better prepared to provide emotional support during a crisis or disaster are invited to attend a free workshop in Okanogan or Nespelem in late January.

Congress passes bill with wildfire funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Both houses of the U.S. Congress passed a spending and tax cut bill that included more funds for fighting and preventing wildfires.

Federal bill includes big boost in wildfire funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A year-end spending bill set for a vote in both the U.S. House and Senate in the next few days includes a big increase in money to fight wildfires, and more money to prevent them.

Fire contractors invited to meeting

WENATCHEE — Anyone interested in contracting with state or federal agencies during the 2016 fire season is invited to an open house in Wenatchee or Colville later this winter.

Fire closures lifted temporarily

ENTIAT — Areas on the Entiat Ranger District that were closed following the Duncan and Wolverine wildfires will open temporarily this winter due to snow, which has reduced the risk of mudslides or debris flows resulting from barren hillsides.