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Five year old girl dies in Royal City fire

ROYAL CITY-A five year old girl died Sunday when fire destroyed her family's Royal City mobile home. Grant County Sheriff's office has issued a news release on facebook reporting the fire's location in the Coachman Mobile Home Park. Officials say responders were called out around 3 a.m. Sunday. They say the victim apparently became trapped or otherwise unable to escape. The home’s other occupants were able to get out of the home. Due to close proximity of the trailers within the park, two additional trailers burned and a third was damaged. Royal City Police are conducting the fire investigation. The girl’s body is in the care of Coroner Craig Morrison whose staff will conduct an autopsy.

County Commissioners head back to the drawing board for vacation rental rules

It’s back to the drawing board for Chelan County planners working on new vacation rental property rules. The Planning Commission rejected the initial recommendations after last week’s public hearing and referred them back to the Department of Community Development. The new rules have been in the works for the past two years. They’re being considered in response to issues such as noise and parking in areas where the number of seasonal vacation homes have increased. NCWLIFE’s Steve Hair spoke to County Commissioners. They say it’s a contentious issue that may not be resolved until next year. "I think there are certain things that you have to take a look at, what really is the root cause here... what truly is the...
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Ephrata tops list of affordable homes in state

If you’re looking for an affordable place to invest in a home, Ephrata should be on your radar. According to the website SmartAsset, Ephrata is the most-affordable place to purchase a home in Washington State… To find the most affordable places to buy a home, SmartAsset considered closing costs, real estate taxes, homeowner’s insurance and mortgage rates in its analysis. And, drum-roll please, Ephrata is number 1! The average annual monthly mortgage payment in Ephrata is $567.83 a month. As a result, the affordability index came out to 45.02. And, Quincy ranked 6th on SmartAsset’s list with an affordability index of 41.73. The average monthly mortgage payment in Quincy is actually less than Ephrata at $542.25. West...
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Badly burned firefighter in coma at Seattle’s Harborview

A firefighter who was badly burned while battling a wildfire in Okanogan County Sunday remains in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Okanogan County Emergency Management reports Assistant Chief Christian Johnson with Okanogan County Fire District #3 was injured while engaged on the Spring Coulee Fire south of Okanogan. As of Monday evening he was reported to be in a medically-induced coma. He has 2nd and 3rd degree burns over 50-60% of his body and his airway has been scored at 2 out of 4 for damage (4 being the worst). They are attempting to stabilize him so they can perform surgery for skin grafts. The Spring Coulee Fire started around 4:00 pm just off...
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WDFW cancels wolf meetings due to threats of violence

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) cancels a series of wolf public planning meetings due to threats of violence. The open houses are being rescheduled as online interactive webinars this September and October. WDFW Director Kelly Susewind says in a news release that the agency has seen “incredible intensity around wolf issues this summer, on both sides.”  He says they have received some information that indicates the meetings could be disrupted, possibly creating an unsafe meeting environment. Ongoing conflicts between wolves and livestock have created an emotional firestorm pitting ranchers against environmentalists. The situation has intensified recently with both sides posting threats on social media. The open houses were aimed at helping develop a post-recovery plan. Washington’s...
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WDFW kills remaining members of OPT wolf pack

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced over the weekend that the four remaining members of the OPT wolf pack has been lethally removed. A news release issued by the agency says a series of WDFW investigations had shown the pack responsible for 29 attacks on cattle in Federal grazing lands in the Kettle River range of Ferry County. WDFW Director Kelly Susewind says the OPT pack has been involved in 14 livestock depredations in the last 10 months, with nine in the last 30 days, and a total of 29 since September of last year. Susewind says the cattle rancher who owns the affected livestock took several proactive, nonlethal measures to reduce conflicts between wolves and livestock, and WDFW will continue to monitor for wolf activity...
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Williams Flats Fire grows to 10,000 acres. Smoke drifts into Wenatchee

Wildland Firefighters continue efforts to contain a large lightning-caused brush fire that flared up Friday near Lake Roosevelt. The Williams Flats Fire is reported at over 10,400 acres and growing as of Sunday afternoon. Drift smoke from the fire is affecting air quality in the Wenatchee Valley. INCIWEB reports: Keller, WA- The Williams Flats Fire started on August 2, 2019 after a band of early morning thunderstorms with lightning moved across the eastern portion of the Colville Indian Reservation. The fire is burning south of Silver Creek Road,within the designated Game Reserve. Roads have been closed to this area at Kuehne Road and Canteen Creek Roads and plus other roads which could access the fire area. This is...

North Cascade grizzly bear plans reopened for public comment

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and National Park Service announced this week that they will reopen public comment on plans to restore endangered Grizzly Bears into the North Cascades. The two agencies restart the process to complete the Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) which is intended to restore the nearly extinct grizzly bear population. The process was halted late last year when former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke suspended the public comment period without explaining why. The Grizzly plans have been contentious since first introduced two years ago. Chelan County Commissioner Doug England has been outspoken with his concerns . Environmental groups such as Conservation Northwest supports the Grizzly plans. Spokesman Chase Gunnell responded to critic’s concerns . . ....
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Electric commuter jet coming to Moses Lake Airport

Moses Lake Airport has been selected by an Israeli-based company to test fly a new electric-powered commuter aircraft. The announcement was made earlier this week at the Paris Air show where officials with the Port of Moses Lake watched Eviation Aircraft unveil its new all-electric plane called the “Alice” . . “Alice” is a nine-passenger aircraft that is designed for short commuter flights between 100 and 600 miles at a speed of about 230 mph. Airport manager, Rich Mueller says Eviation Aircraft joins Japanese aircraft manufacturer Mitzubishi which currently uses Moses Lake for flight testing of its new regional jet. . Eviation CEO Omer Bar-Yohay announced at the Paris Air Show that the company is targeting 2022 for service...

Governor Jay Inslee’s expanded drought emergency declaration includes the Wenatchee Watershed

Governor Jay Inslee expanded the drought emergency declaration this morning to cover nearly half of Washington state, including the Wenatchee Watershed. The expansion is due to worsened, poor water supply conditions around the state and warmer and drier weather predictions through the summer. The declaration includes the cities of Wenatchee, Chelan and Entiat. Snow pack conditions are currently less than 50 percent of average for this time of year. Washington State Department of Ecology experts expect the warmer, drier weather will cause the already-diminished snow pack to melt more quickly, reducing water availability this summer when it is needed most for farms, communities and fish. Despite this past week’s rain, rainfall totals for the state remain below normal. Already included...