WINTHROP – A trailer wheel that seized up and dragged on pavement threw hot metal fragments into the dry grass along Highway 20, causing the 579-acre Rising Eagle Road Fire near Winthrop that destroyed six houses and 10 other buildings last August, a state fire investigator says.
OLYMPIA – State lawmakers in both the house and senate passed bills dealing with wolves that are sponsored by Republicans from northeastern counties, where the rapidly increasing wolf population is taking its toll on domestic sheep and cattle.
The number of homeless people hanging around downtown East Wenatchee has tripled since a homeless service center opened there last year, bringing increased problems of public drunkenness, confrontations with business owners and patrons, and more crime.
OLYMPIA – Locals will have more authority to put out wildfires that aren’t on their own property, and, if qualified, are more likely to be hired to help fight wildfires under a bill that unanimously passed the state House of Representatives on Tuesday.
BRIDGEPORT – After discovering all of the bids to replace the Chief Joseph Dam Bridge were too high, Douglas County went back to the federal government and received more than $500,000 extra to complete the job this summer.