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K.C. Mehaffey

Department: Editorial

Position: World staff writer

Responsibilities: Environment, Lake Chelan, Okanogan, Photographer, Reporter

Contact K.C.

Phone: 509-997-2512 (work), 509-881-0866 (cell)

Email: (work)

  1. TWISP — Owen Almquist, of Winthrop, rappels down a Ponderosa pine tree last Thursday after cutting the lower branches that burned in the Twisp River Fire last summer. Almquist, 35, said demand for tree cutting and limbing has increased dramatically due to windstorms, ice storms and wildfires in recent years. He said people are more aware of the need to maintain their trees. It's risky business, but Almquist got special training, and is insured and licensed to do this kind of work.
  2. MAZAMA — A 26-year-old Seattle man died Tuesday after falling some 100 feet while rappelling from Goat Wall, a well-known rock-climbing area near Mazama.
  3. OMAK — When a producer for FOX Broadcasting called Clare Painter to ask her if she’d consider competing in “American Grit,” a new reality show featuring military-style strength and endurance tests, she thought they must be kidding.
  4. LEAVENWORTH — The state Department of Ecology will host a training session, workshop and public hearing in Leavenworth later this month on new requirements for fruit packers to ensure their wastewater complies with discharge standards.
  5. NCW — As snow melts from higher-elevations roads in North Central Washington, road damage is being discovered throughout the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.