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A forecast of cooling temperatures and stagnant air is prompting a Stage 1 burn ban for North Central Washington today through Wednesday. All outdoor burning and the use of stoves and fireplaces will be prohibited in Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas and Okanogan Counties due to poor air quality in the region. Restrictions on burning will continue…

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Clean transportation and cleaner air are just two of the benefits Washingtonians will enjoy through a multi-billion dollar, nationwide settlement. And the State Department of Ecology is seeking public input on a proposed plan for various other projects to be paid by a portion of the settlements funds. Where is the money coming from and…

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The Chelan County Board of Commissioners – Keith Goehner, Kevin Overbay and Doug England – will soon finalize new regulations for recreational marijuana production and update the county’s Shoreline Master Program. They held two public hearings – one last week on cannabis, one yesterday on shoreline – where dozens of citizens voiced their concerns. Commissioner Goehner…

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The Washington Department of Ecology issued an air quality alert thru noon Saturday for much of Eastern Washington, including all of Chelan and Douglas Counties. Air quality will vary between good and unhealthy depending on wind direction and time of day. Smoke from wildfires in Okanogan County, British Columbia, Alberta and Montana is expected to…

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