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September 30, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Gregoire extends burn ban

Gov. Chris Gregoire on Sunday extended a burn ban for all counties east of the Cascade crest, banning all outdoor burning through midnight  Sunday, Oct. 7. A state of emergency remains in effect. “Fire danger remains very high with our extended warm, dry weather conditions,” Gregoire said in a statement. “I don’t want to lose momentum…

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Comments | More in Environment, General news, Government | Topics: Eastern Washington, Gregoire, wildfires

September 25, 2012 at 1:19 PM

A bit of relief from poor air quality east of the mountains

Air quality in wildfire areas in Eastern Washington has been hazardous for nearly two weeks, but right now things are looking up: no hazardous reports at the moment. The state Department of Ecology says Trout Lake, Winthrop, Omak, Chelan and Entiat are still unhealthy, while Wenatchee, Cashmere, Twisp, White Swan and Toppenish have moved up to unhealthy for…

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Comments | More in Environment | Topics: air quality, Eastern Washington, wildfires

January 6, 2012 at 6:35 AM

Morning Memo/Friday: Mandatory dog neutering … Walla Walla is hot

Weather: The heck with today, Saturday, Sunday and Monday when we can expect rain, clouds, more clouds and rain again, respectively. Tuesday, however, could be PARTLY SUNNY! The details. Traffic: Day four of the commute with tolls on the 520 bridge. Fridays often have lighter traffic overall. Perhaps the rather low volume of traffic on…

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