Burn Ban Remains in Effect for North Central Washington, Dropping Elsewhere

The Washington Department of Ecology is lifting burn bans in Klickitat, Ferry, Pend Oreille and Stevens counties beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov 22, because air quality has improved in these areas.   However, stagnant conditions and poor air quality persist in Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas and Okanogan counties, where…


Burn Ban Begins Saturday in Chelan, Douglas and Three Other Counties

A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins 10 a.m. Saturday in Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat and Okanogan Counties due to poor air quality in the region. Restrictions on burning will continue until further notice.   The Washington Department of Ecology is calling the…


Unemployment in Wenatchee MSA Second Lowest in State

Unemployment in the Wenatchee Metropolitan Statistical Area, or MSA, which includes Chelan and Douglas Counties, is the second-lowest in the state behind San Juan County. In a report released by the State Employment Security Department, unemployment in the area was down to 3.3 percent in September, which was a half…



Mansfield Fire Out, Neared 900 Acres

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says all response units have cleared fire burning in Mansfield. The fire size is estimated between 700 and 900 acres and burned about a mile and a half from the intersection Highway 17 and Highway 172 near Road P NE and Road 9 NE. There…


Chelan County Has State’s Lowest Unemployment Again

Chelan County is back in the lead with the lowest unemployment rate in the state for the month of September. According to numbers released by the Employment Security Department, Chelan County’s unemployment rate was 3.1 percent. Douglas County had 3.7 unemployment, or about the fifth best unemployment in the state….


Douglas County’s Credit Improves

On October 1, 2018, Standard and Poor’s Global Ratings (“S&P”) upgraded Douglas County’s credit rating to AA, an improvement from AA-. S&P’s rating symbols indicate degrees of creditworthiness, ranging from D to AAA, with AA being the third highest designation.   The S&P award is a great compliment and evidence of…




Douglas County Proposing Change to Setback Rules for Marijuana Growers

The Douglas County Planning Commission has put out a proposal on changes for marijuana growers. County Planner Mark Kulaas says the current rules require setbacks of up to a mile from any urban growth boundary. “We’ve since seen some areas that are considerably different in elevation than where the urban…