Environment

State Ag Dept. Launching Hemp Growing Pilot Program

A new state law approved last year directed the Washington State Department of Agriculture to design a program that would license researchers to grow, process and market industrial hemp.The WSDA is seeking public comment on proposed rules establishing the Industrial Hemp Research Pilot in Washington. There is currently no industrial hemp being grown in Washington State.…

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WDFW, DNR Seek Public Input on Recreation Priorities for Manastash Ridge Trails

With the Manastash Ridge trail network in Kittitas County increasing in popularity, the State Departments of Fish & Wildlife and Natural Resources are developing a plan for habitat conservation, safety and trail maintenance. KOHO’s Dan Langager reports they’re looking for public input to guide the trail management plan.   View from Manastash Ridge trails. Photo courtesy…

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Local School Districts Plan Out Extra Days To Make Up Snow Closures

Spring is finally springing in North Central Washington. The equinox is Monday, putting us officially into a new season. That’s welcome news for many school districts in the region, after this winter’s severe snow and ice storms caused many school day delays and cancellations. KOHO’s Chris Hansen reports on how school districts plan to make…

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Chelan County Public Works Offering Flood Mitigation Help

Sandbag materials are now available for Chelan County residents at county-owned public works maintenance shops. Residents who have an immediate need for sandbags because of high runoff or snowmelt issues can call the public works maintenance district of which they reside to set up a time to fill and pick up the sandbags. The free sandbags,…

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Two Wildfire Bills Pass State House

State lawmakers from eastern Washington are making a push for better wildfire suppression, improvements to forest health and more relief for communities hit by fire. Two bills passed out of the House and now head to the Senate. Chelan Correspondent Jay Witherbee reports.

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