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Rocky Reach Fire Update – Sunday, July 15

Photo: View of Rocky Reach Fire taken from across the Columbia River at the old Badger Mountain Lookout site in Douglas County, 8 a.m. Sunday, July 15.   Credit: USFS – R. Allen   Fire crews are making progress on the 2,400-acre Rocky Reach Fire that started Friday night north of Wenatchee off Highway 97A. A…

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Winds Push Rocky Reach Fire Up Hillside, Closes US 97A Friday Night

Noon Update, Saturday, July 14 – Highway 97A back open, but State Patrol asking drives to use caution as conditions are extremely dry and windy across NCW.   A brush fire started around 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 13 on the hillside above Rocky Reach Dam. It’s along Highway 97A at milepost 204. Chelan County Emergency Management…

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Naturalization Oath Ceremony this afternoon at Rocky Reach Dam

Today is the day that many people throughout the Greater Wenatchee Valley and beyond get a chance to celebrate months and even years of hard work and intensive study that culminates in a ceremony that welcomes the nation’s newest citizens. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration services will be holding their Naturalization Oath Ceremony this afternoon…

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Following Low Spring Salmon Numbers, Average Summer Migration Underway

Fish – lots and lots of fish – are moving past the windows into the fish ladder at Rocky Reach Visitor Center right now. Thad Mosey, senior fish biologist at Rocky Reach Dam, said this year’s adult salmon – Chinook and sockeye – and steelhead are returning to their home waters to spawn. So far, summer…

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Chelan PUD Ends 2016 with Extra $20 Million

When reconciling your checkbook, it’s always nice to find an extra $20 million. That’s exactly what the Chelan County Public Utility District can say after calculating their bottom line from fiscal year 2016. PUD Board of Commissioners President Randy Smith told KOHO the utility is very happy being in the black that much going into this year,…

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Chelan PUD Hosting 2nd Annual Senior Damboree

Last year as a part of Public Power Week, the PUD sponsored the first-ever Senior Damboree at Rocky Reach Dam. Bob Bauer, the PUD’s Education Specialist, said it was a huge success, so they’re doing it again this year. The event is Saturday Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and will include trivia from the…

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Summer Salmon Runs Begin with Solid PUD Forecast

It’s the time of year when the big fish – salmon and steelhead – start arriving in our stretch of the Columbia River. The summer Chinook season opened last week, but the sockeye season is still in question. Thad Mosey, senior fish biologist with the Chelan PUD at Rocky Reach Dam, talks with Clint about…

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