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WENATCHEE — Department of Natural Resources  Commissioner Hilary Franz is coming to Wenatchee on Monday to chat with journalists at The World.

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SEATTLE — Washington’s wildfire seasons are arriving earlier, and that’s probably not good news for anyone hoping to avoid a repeat of the sun-choking smoke that has afflicted Seattle and much of the rest of the state for the last couple of summers.

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill to put Washington state permanently on daylight time Wednesday afternoon, clearing one more hurdle in efforts to eliminate the twice-yearly clock shift.

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LEAVENWORTH — The Icicle and Peshastin Irrigation Districts are considering a plan that would lead to retiring the Peshastin diversion on Peshastin Creek.

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CASHMERE — City employees cleaned the water ponds Monday working to keep the city’s reputation as having the best-tasting water in the Pacific Northwest.

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OLYMPIA — A bill that would have increased hunting and angling fees for the first time since 2011 was not approved by the Washington Legislature.

Dusty Dunham with the Washington Department of Fish And Wildlife watches as 1,200 trout are released into Pit Lake in Rock Island Wednesday. Pit Lake is open year around but restricted to children under 15 years of age and senior anglers. Most of the trout are about half a pound and 100 are …

CHELAN — The National Resources Conservation Service will host a workshop to discuss local natural resource issues.

LEAVENWORTH — The Leavenworth Disc Golf Club is hosting the first Leavenworth Disc Golf Spring Open Tournament this Saturday. Nearly 100 disc golf players from all over the Northwest are slated to participate.

WENATCHEE — Each year, the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust asks volunteers to spend a few hours shoveling and raking the thin dirt strips that zigzag through the Wenatchee foothills. It’s simple but important work that improves trail health, and the time to do it is in the spring when soils are ma…

EAST WENATCHEE — For the first time in close to 10 years there may not be any sockeye or summer chinook recreational fishing this spring on the Columbia River up to Chief Joseph Dam.

Tom Dawson, 70, East Wenatchee, gathers a flock of 56 goose decoys from his front yard Wednesday afternoon, getting ready for spring. The hunter, who grew up in Quincy, says he put them out this winter to see how his newest additions, the wind-sock decoys, worked. It could be quite a success…

WENATCHEE — First Tee is a nationwide nonprofit organization that teaches golf and values to kids. This program, which has been around for 20 years, is now being introduced in Wenatchee, thanks to the efforts of some locals.

WENATCHEE — The Sage Hills trails west of Wenatchee will remain closed until at least April 5 to protect migrating mule deer and because of muddy conditions caused by late-season snow.

MISSION RIDGE — On March 16 and 17, Mission Ridge Ski Team hosted the 2019 Squirrel Cup at Mission Ridge Ski Resort. On Saturday, the athletes raced giant slalom and on Sunday they raced Super G. Giant slalom is usually more technical and quicker turning with gates closer together. In super …

Sandhill cranes fly over a corn-stubble field about 5 miles southeast of George. The birds pass through the area every spring as they migrate north to their breeding grounds in Alaska. Othello hosts the 22nd Annual Sandhill Crane Festival this weekend. For more information on the event see o…

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