[10/22/21] Rangeland Returned To Colvilles

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More than 9-thousand acres of rangeland between Riverside and Omak in Okanogan County has been returned to its original tribal owners. Earlier this month, Seattle-based Conservation Northwest closed on the purchase of 9,243 acres in the Tunk Valley of Okanogan County. The property was bought with $4.6 million raised from private donors. The deed to […]

[10/22/21] “State of the Lake” Report Released

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What is the state of Lake Chelan? The Keep It Blue Campaign has released its first “State of the Lake” report. The Keep it Blue campaign is an effort of the Lake Chelan Watershed Planning Unit, which is made up of a collection of stakeholders, including the Chelan County Natural Resources Department and the Lake […]

[10/10/21] County Receives Award For Hazardous Waste Project

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Chelan County and the cities of Chelan, Cashmere, Entiat, Leavenworth and Wenatchee have been given a “Smart Communities Award” by Governor Jay Inslee and State Commerce Director Lisa Brown. The awards, given annually, recognize local governments and their partners for exceptional work in implementing the state’s Growth Management Act to shape future growth, economic vitality […]

[9/24/21] Okanogan County Salmon Grants

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Okanogan County will receive more than one-point-two million dollars from the Salmon Recovery Funding Board for five projects.  They include the purchase of a half-acre along the Methow River near Mazama, conserving it for fish habitat.  Another grant will develop preliminary designs for projects to change the Sugar Levee on the Methow River and restore […]

[9/24/21] Entiat River Salmon Grant

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The Chelan County Natural Resources Department is receiving more than 45-thousand dollars from the state to monitor fish movement in the Entiat River.  The survey will evaluate which habitats fish are more likely to select in the middle Entiat River. The department will conduct surveys to see if more fish are using habitat where restoration […]

[9/24/21] Hawkwatch

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For some 20 years, the U.S. Forest Service and Hawkwatch International have camped out on Cooper Ridge each fall and and done a count of the raptors that come through the area heading south on their annual migration to who-knows-where.  The annual count is going on again, and Chelan District Ranger Kari Grover-Weir says you’re […]

[9/11/21] Methow Conservancy To Purchase Wagner Ranch

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The Methow Conservancy is under contract to purchase the historic Wagner Ranch on East Chewuch Road, and will then give the property to the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation to honor the valley’s Indigenous people. The Conservancy revealed last week that it intends to purchase the 324-acre property from the Western Rivers Conservancy, a […]

[8/13/21] Douglas County Hazardous Waste Event Saturday

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Something for Douglas County residents happening tomorrow (Sat) in East Wenatchee. Here’s Douglas County Commissioner Marc Straub: This is a collection event for hazardous household waste: Again, that’s tomorrow at the East Wenatchee City Hall at 271 9th Street from 8 am to 2 pm, and it’s for Douglas County residents only. And Straub says […]

[8/12/21] Land Trust Acquires Chelan Coulee Reserve

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The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust has acquired the Chelan Coulee Reserve, more than 21-hundred acres about seven miles south of Chelan for permanent conservation. The land, the backside of Bear Mountain Ranch, had been owned by the Scofield family for some fifty years and maintained as a private wildlife reserve. The Land Trust’s Executive Director Curt […]

[7/28/21] Avoiding “Smoke Season” in Your Home

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For several years in North Central Washington, it’s been said that the year now has five seasons, the newest one called “Smoke Season.”  And it seems we’ve had an earlier start to it this year.  So how can you keep your house smoke-free?  The Chelan County PUD has some tips from Energy Efficiency Marketing Strategist […]