CASHMERE — When Juliane Hanley saw how close the Red Apple Fire was, she knew she needed to do what she could to help evacuate Nahahum Canyon. But she wasn’t just worried about humans.

A horse eats around a fountain it may have created with a broken sprinkler pipe in a pasture along Southeast 4th Street near East Wenatchee on Tuesday.

Scott Bolander, Wenatchee, pulls weeds in the community garden he tends along Russell Street on Tuesday. He grows dahlias in six plots on city property. It's been a bad year for growing many things with the excessive heat and he says dahlias have suffered too. But that hasn't affected his enthusiasm for the flowers. "When the dahlia bug bites you, for most people, it's terminal," he says.

WENATCHEE — It hasn’t been the worst year for salmon returns. It hasn’t been the best year for salmon returns.

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Miles Harvey, Salida, Colorado, splashes a wave of water on people waiting to have a turn Thursday at Slidewaters' newest attraction, a river wave that opened in May. 

CASHMERE — One hungry osprey accidentally started a brush fire when its fish brunch apparently caused a electric short Wednesday morning near Peshastin Pinnacles State Park.

The setting sun reflects off the windows of Fancher Heights homes below Badger Mountain on Tuesday night after the hottest day in Wenatchee's recorded history.

During his 50 years in rural western Colorado, Jamie Jacobson has seen a lot of flooding. While caretaking a farm in 1974, Jacobson watched three acres of its riverfront float away. More recently, it’s been drought, and then worse drought.

Quilter Jill Therriault, Wenatchee, sprawls out on one of her pieces to keep it from blowing away in gusty winds at Riverfront Park in Wenatchee on Saturday, while friends help put rocks down to secure it. This was the second year the Central Washington Modern Quilt Guild has put on a public show at the park, the first year because of COVID-19 concerns.

A water skier makes a turn on a ski course set up in Hammond Lake near the Rock Island Golf Course on Wednesday, with workers constructing houses in a new development in the foreground.

Braxton Frazier, 7, East Wenatchee, enjoys his first week out of school with his dad, Nick, fishing at Putters Lake near Rock Island on Wednesday. Mr. Frazier says his son recently took to fishing and they've been to this pond many times since.

OLYMPIA — State fishery managers will host an online public meeting in early June to discuss plans to treat two lakes and a stream in Eastern Washington with rotenone, a naturally occurring pesticide commonly used to remove undesirable and illegally stocked fish species from lakes and stream…

WENATCHEE — At one point during the winter it appeared the snowpack was in good shape for a bountiful water year in the Columbia Basin, but an exceptionally dry spring has changed all that.

ELECTRIC CITY — Washington State Parks announces the permanent closure of 12 boat-in campsites in the Ponderosa Campground at Steamboat Rock State Park, located near Electric City.

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