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Okanogan Wildfire Re-Seed

A re-seed of the most fiercely burned parts of the Okanogan in Washington State will begin as soon as next week (11/19//2015).  The 90 thousand dollar project tab will be picked up by the Washington Conservation Commission.  Craig Nelson with Okanogan Conservation says 8 or 9 species will be distributed…


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Lake Linked To Racial Slur Gets Name Change

A federal agency officially changes the name of a lake linked to a racial slur.  After years of resistance, the US Board on Geographic Names replaces “Coon” with “Howard”, to designate a creek and lake near Stehekin.  National Park spokesperson Denise Shultz thinks the federal board was finally able to…


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Haggen Doesn’t Intend To Close Wenatchee Store

Haggen grocery stores is in financial trouble, but doesn’t intend to close it’s North Wenatchee location.  The Bellingham-based company, which is going through bankrupcy, will be forced to auction off 129 of its locations, but plans to hold onto 37 well performing “Core Stores”, including the one in Wenatchee. In…


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Mentally Ill Woman’s Assault Charges Reduced

Charges against a mentally ill Wenatchee woman are lowered.  Kari Walter allegedly hit and spit on a nurse while undergoing a mental evaluation at Central Washington Hospital last year.  State law mandates third-degree felony charges against anyone who assaults a health care worker on the job.  But the Wenatchee World…


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North Cascade Hwy Closure

Winter weather is arriving to the Okanogan – Wash Dot officials have closed a portion of State Highway 20 in order to assess avalanches and avalanche potential as new weather systems bring more precipitation.   SR 20 is closed through at least Monday November 16th, until crews can assess avalanche…


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Wenatchee Veterans Day Wrapup; HUGE SUCCESS!

Hundreds of citizens, veterans, their family members and friends turned out along the streets of downtown Wenatchee today for the big annual Veteran’s Day Parade. Veterans tellNews Radio 560 KPQ as our society becomes more supportive of veterans, the parade grows in size annually. Area marching bands were the backdrop…


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State Patrol Still Looking For Family Of Pedestrian Struck By Car

Washington State Patrol still hasn’t disclosed the name of the 48 year old man who was killed in a pedestrian versus car accident Monday night in Okanogan County.  “We’re having difficulty identifying family.  We’re having trouble locating next of kin to make that notification”, said Trooper Darren Wright. He notes…



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Alcoa Makes Washington’s Q3 Top Polluter Penalty List

Chelan County’s Alcoa Plant makes Washington State’s “Top Polluter Penalties” list in the third quarter of this year, with a 36-thousand dollar fine levied by the Department of Ecology.  Ecology’s Joye Redfield-Wilder says Alcoa was releasing amounts of flouride and aluminum beyond permit restrictions, and improperly storing raw materials and…