Public Utility

Lake Chelan Water Levels Just Below Average

Even with the cold, snow, icy winter that seems to have gone on too long, snowpack in the basin above Lake Chelan is below normal. The Chelan PUD’s Energy Trading Analyst Becky Keating tells KOHO so far the Lake Chelan basin runoff forecast for April-July is at 89% of average. But, the below-average snowpack has…

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The Future of the Chelan PUD – A Chat with Commissioner Steve McKenna

Leavenworth resident Steve McKenna is the newest member of the Chelan County PUD Board of Commissioners. He swung by the KOHO studio to talk about how his tenure has been going so far, what he sees as the biggest challenges facing the utility and finding a way to balance the budget with big upcoming investments.

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Apple-Carrying Semi Truck Slides into Columbia River Near Orondo

A semi-truck carrying a load of apples lost control on a patch of slush this afternoon and plunged into the Columbia River just south of Orondo on U.S. Highway 2/97. Washington State Patrol Trooper Brian Moore says the driver escaped without injury. Over 100 gallons of diesel has spilled into the river and a containment…

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Latest Snowpack Readings Put 2016-17 Winter as ‘Average’

Washington experienced one of the coldest and driest January’s in the history of automated snowpack reading, according USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Temperatures were 20 degrees below normal and total precipitation accumulation was as low as 28 percent of average. Seven SNOTEL sites in Washington State set new record low precipitation accumulation and many more…

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